Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's My 2nd Gotcha Day!

     Yup, you read that right! Two years ago today, I came to live with my furever family! Since Mom's all emotional and leaky eyed, I guess I'll turn it over to her (paws crossed that's not a mistake!).

     Two years. Wow. I know people always say "I can't believe it's been x years! I feel like it was just yesterday.", but I truly do feel like it was just yesterday I brought home my tiny (2lb) puppy, never dreaming she'd turn into the beautiful, smart, famous (kinda, LOL!) girl she's become. 
I can recall every detail of the night Nola came home, call back every single emotion I felt; the excitement, the joy, the instant connection. I remember that very first night I hardly slept at all, like a kid on Christmas that was too excited to sleep. But I wasn't anticipating anything, for I had the best gift I could imagine (and I still think I do).
Nola's first night home

So tiny!

     Nola has made me see life in a different way, and made me live it in a way I never had before. Nola's taught me to never, ever give up. She's taught me that sometimes you just have to let go and act like an absolute moron, because if you go through life all serious and ho-hum, you're not living. Life's about having fun, as cliche as it sounds. 
She's taught me to see beauty in everything, no matter how small and insignificant.
She's taught me that all it takes to light a fire of determination is a single spark of passion. 
She's taught me to have patience, something I had 0 of (and, admittedly, still don't have a ton of) before. 
She's taught me to enjoy the simple things in life, like a romp on the beach or good homemade food
She's taught me to try to forgive and forget, and if I can't, that's okay. 

     Nola came into my life during a very, very difficult time. I am not exaggerating when I say I don't know who I'd be if I didn't have Nola. I probably wouldn't be a very nice person. 

     Nola was my Christmas present from my mom. I've never really thanked her, really thanked her, for the incredible gift she gave me. 
Mom, I cannot put into words how much Nola means to me, or how much it means to me that you gave her to me. Thank you.

     Nola is what I call a "heart dog". A dog like no other, a once in a life time friendship. There will never be another dog in my life like Nola. Never. Nola's left her little paw prints on my heart, and they'll stay there forever, even when Nola is no longer with me in body (God willing that is a LONG, LONG, LONG, LONG time away). 

     This dog has given me more grief, worry, grey hairs and sometimes frustration than I ever thought possible. But, she's given me a bond I'm unable to describe, though I'll never stop trying. She sparked my passion for photography, and for writing. She's given me kisses, snuggles and a helping paw when I needed it most. She's given me laughs, more than I can count. Most of all, she's given me the incredible privilege of calling her my dog. I love you, Noly Bean. 

     Well, now that I'm bawling (tears of happiness!) over my computer I should probably wrap this up. :)

     I want to thank all of you, Blogville, for letting me share my life with my crazy, fun loving Doxie. 

Dachshund Mommy
P.S. Yes, I know it's B&W Sunday, but it's a very special day! So I'm just posting the blog hop below. I know, against the rules, but I'm the inventor of B&W Sunday and one of the co hosts so I make the rules. ;)


  1. OMD, OMD, OMD!!! I can't believe it Nola! Two whole years, that does seem like furever ago.

    We too are all sappy eyed over here with the news. My Mommy (like yours) is dripping away with tears of happiness for you all. Of course, we share in your excitment because, after all, we became Bestest of Furends Furever! And between you and me, furever is gonna be a long, long, long, time! And I LOVE that thought!

    So to my BFF, I (we) wish you a very happy Gotcha Day sweetie!

    Much love,
    Lily Belle & the Gang

  2. WOW, Happy Gotcha day to both of you. Here's hoping you have like 87 hundred more. It's good to be loved and give love, casue thats what we doggies do best. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY GOTCHA DAY. We are also blessed to know you, cause we smile every time we see that face pop up on the puter!!!!

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

  3. That's awesome. Reading your story, reminded me a little of my story with Roxy. I hope you have many many more years together. Dogs are the best friends.

  4. Nola,

    Happy Gotcha Day.
    We love visiting your page each time we come here.
    We know your smiling little face will greet us.
    Happy Happy Day.

    xo Cinnamon

  5. Happy Gotcha Day,dear Nola! I hope you have a fantastic day.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  6. Happy Gotcha Day Nola! It's okay to break the rules once in a while for such a special occasion. You do have a very sweet black and white picture of the paw in the hand so I think it still counts for a Black & White Sunday post.

    Cindy & Millie

  7. Woof! Woof! Happy Happy 2nd Gotcha Day!Have a wonderful day. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  8. What a beautiful post. I can feel your love for Nola shining through. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola!

  9. Happy gotcha day!!! It really is amazing how much joy, laughter and tears they bring into our life, and ....hey, it's okay to break the rules sometimes. Enjoy your day together.

  10. Happy 2nd Gotcha day Nola!
    Today is a very special day in Slimmer Pugland today, too.
    Mimi Roo is 3 years old today.
    Wesa wish you many, many, many more gotcha days with your mommy.
    Much Luvums,
    The Slimmer Puggums
    George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

  11. Aww, Happy Gotcha Day Nola.
    You were such a sweet little puppy.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  12. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola!


    We of Blogville are so very much happy that you moved to town.

  14. Oh, Happy Happy Gotcha Day Nola gurl!! Blogville just wouldn't be the sames with out your beautifuls face.
    Ma totally understands the 'heart dog' thingy, Ma calls it 'doggie soulmate'.


  15. Well seeing its your Gotcha Day, I guess its ok to tear down the walls, break the rules and celebrate. Have a great day!

  16. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola! Sounds like you were the perfect match!

    XXXoOO Daisy, Bella &Roxy

  17. Your Momma got my Momma all sniffly too reading this beautiful tribute to you. Nola, your Mom sure loves you lots! :)


  18. This is such a beautiful post. They really have a way of changing your life for the better.
    Happy gotcha day! Enjoy many, many more years together!

    P.S. I am loving your new header picture! So pretty and festive.

  19. Happy Gotcha Day to Nola, and a very big happy day to Mom too - it is so easy to tell how much you love Nola, and how deep the bond between you is.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  20. Happy Gotcha Day Nola! What a beautiful story from your Mommy. You are so special and so loved. We are lucky pups. I hope you have a great day.

    Loveys Sasha

  21. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola! What a beautiful tribute your Mom has written you. Dogs teach us so much, if we are willing to listen. Good on you, Nola, for filling that Nola shaped space in your Momma's heart.

  22. Nola....
    Wow, you Mommy is a good writer!! ;)
    "Sometimes you just have to let go and act like an absolute moron, because if you go through life all serious and ho-hum, you're not living. Life's about having fun, as cliché as it sounds.". Very good. Very, very, very good. ;-D
    "See beauty in everything, no matter how small and insignificant.". That's deep.
    "Enjoy the simple things in life.". Yeah!!
    Happy Gotcha Day!! I am so glad to have "met" you through Blogville!! ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

  23. Aww - a very Happy Gotcha Day !
    What a beautiful post!

  24. Happy 2nd Gotcha Day, Nola! I am really glad you got such a good mom who loves you oh so much :D

  25. There is something so special about those heart dogs isn't there? I love that Nola is so adored. She is one lucky girl. Happy Gotcha Day Nola!

  26. Happy Happy Birthday, Nola!

    Bart and Ruby

  27. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola!

  28. Aw, that is such a nice tribute to you Nola! Yes, you are a very special heart dog!!!

  29. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola Bean!!!! :-)

  30. A furry good furend told me, If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun! Nola yous is gorgeous on Black and white and in Color and Happy and Gottcha Day!

  31. Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Nola! What a wonderful story. I love your little puppy paws! I hope you had a terrific day!

  32. Happy Gotcha Day Nola! Your mom's post had us tearing up too, it was so sweet. :)

  33. Happy Gotcha Day. My eyes are leaking too. I know about the kind of bond that you're writing about... but my canine partner is gone. So, from my heart, I hope that you keep enjoying and treasuring every day! With a heart dog, every day is precious.

  34. Happy Gotcha Day, Nola and Nola's Family!

    A beautiful post!

    Blogville loves you all.

    Keep on wagging,

  35. First off we are going to say we are sorry up front cos we are always breaking rules here on black and white sunday and wordless robot mom didn't really understand about the rules. Second what an adorable little 2 lbs puppy...2 lbs. we laughed cos i probably weighted that at birth (cos you know that is how pugs are supposed to look!) nola is sure beautiful and I can tell she has been a true blue gift to you and I am sure a thousand times over that you in turn are a gift to her!
    Stella Rose

  36. That was very touching. Happy 2nd gotcha day. They do make us better people. Bless nola

  37. Rules are always ment to be broken


  38. Thank you for sharing!! What a lovely post!


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