Today is Dixie's 5th birthday. Technically, its the day we celebrate Dixie's birth and its the anniversary of when we got her because we don't know her actual birthday. Dixie doesn't mind, she's just happy to get the extra attention. And I think the fact that she used to live in a prison allows her to be grateful for her current situation.
Dixie is an interesting character as she's not like a regular dog. She doesn't know how to play and instead her entire focus in life is getting attention and petted. If you sit down, she is instantly by your side nudging your hand or trying to jump into the chair with you. At night, I have to race her to the bed because if she gets there first she tends to lay with her head on my pillow and I don't like that. The only time she is not focused on getting attention is when she smells an animal and then her hunting drive kicks in. She pulled me into a tree once as I was riding a bike and holding her leash because she caught wind of a rabbit. And heaven help us if she sees a cat.
To celebrate her birthday, she received lots of love and attention, had her rubber toy filled with peanut butter, extra treats, and some cheeseburger and fries courtesy of her Uncle Jake. And yes, I sang her Happy Birthday and made her wear the birthday hat. I did not hang the birthday banner, but since she can't read I didn't think she would mind.
Neither Matt or I have ever had a dog like her, but she's the best dog either of us has ever had and our family wouldn't be complete without her.