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Life with four paws

Posted: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

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Photo by Lora Denton Photography.

Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

I've always been the type of person who loves to celebrate. Whether it's the anniversary of when Robert and I started dating or a birthday, I love doing something fun to commemorate the occasion. Having Alice for one year was no exception. Since we don't know when she was born, we treat the day we got her like a birthday. I bought her a new collar, gave her wet food for breakfast and bought her a new bone. My mum also got her a new toy which she hasn't put down yet. Can we say spoiled? One top of all that, I almost made her a cake too. Then I realized that would be giving her way too much rich food in one day and I stayed strong.

Getting Alice has been one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I've always loved dogs and always knew I wanted one, but I had no idea how much love exists between a pet owner and a pet. My parents have dogs and I love them to pieces, but I get to take care of Alice, and that relationship brings a completely different bond. I love how she greets me when I get home and how she snuggles with me for the entire night. I also love how she and Robert play games together or how jealous she gets when we hug or kiss. Most of all, I love how she snuggles between me and Robert at the end of a long day. It's brings an incredible feeling of love and calm to the end of a stressful day and I feel blessed we get to share these moments with her.

I remember how scared I was before we got Alice. We'd talked about getting a dog for a while but had worried we couldn't afford one. As soon as we met Alice we knew we'd make it work. It was the best decision we ever made. I can't wait to celebrate many more birthdays with her, and next time, with cake!

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