Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday, Brady Boy!!

Brady, Brady Boy, Mr. B, Braids (it's amazing he knows his name) - you are officially ONE YEAR old today!
Happy Birthday, big boy!

How did we go from this 10 pound ball of fur....


...to this handsome guy so quickly?!


It's been the most fun year ever.  He definitely makes every day so much brighter and happier - I mean, is there anything better than coming home to a dog with his tail wagging?  

He's such a happy guy, full of energy (LOTS of energy) and gives the best kisses.  He hasn't met a person he doesn't like - he actually thinks every single person out there is his long lost best friend - and everyone is always stopping to tell us what how cute/adorable/good looking he is.  Of course we already know that ;)


He's also kept life very interesting (or is it expensive?), thanks to his obsession with socks and rocks.  Honestly, it's a small miracle we've kept him alive for an entire year!  6 swallowed socks, 8 rocks creating a blockage resulting in surgery and thousands of dollars of vet bills later, we are no strangers to the emergency animal hospital.  However, I dare say we've grown out of this swallowing things phase (!!!!)  Knock on wood everyone please!


+ As you can tell from these pictures, he's not a big fan of the camera.  Actually it's more our phones that he dislikes.  As soon as we point a phone at him to take a picture, his face closes up, ha!  Also, if we're ever messing with our phones, scrolling through Instagram or Facebook or something, he'll paw at us until we put it down.  Aaaand when you're actually talking on the phone, cue the barking ;)

+ He's obsessed with tennis balls and blankets.  He LOVES to carry them both around the house, allll day long.  

+ He would swim, all day every day if we let him.  However, we hasn't figured out how to swim with a tennis ball in this mouth.  He doesn't hold his head up high enough yet, so he takes on/swallows TONS of water - resulting in him throwing up twice the last time he went swimming!

+ If the dishwasher opens, he's there in lightening speed trying to lick anything he can in there.  Same with the freezer, every time it opens, plan on having to give him an ice cube :)

+ He's pretty cautious and careful around other dogs, aka a baby.  He doesn't like to play too rough (except with his best friend, Remy - they go crazy together).  We just joined a dog park, and I'm pretty sure he enjoys visiting with the people there more than the dogs - typical Golden thinking he's a human.

+ Really still not a big cuddler, unless he's SUPER tired.  He sleeps out of his crate at night, but usually on the floor or the end of the bed.  Every single morning, without fail, he jumps on the bed about 6am and tries to sleep on my pillows.  Usually he ends up half on my head, half on the pillow.

+ Favorite foods include watermelon, applesauce and don't even think about getting out the peanut butter (or saying the word out loud), if you're not going to give him any.

+ He still gets the puppy hiccups every once a while.  I wish that would never stop!


Safe to say, we're obsessed.  Happy Birthday, Mr. B!!!!  

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  1. Well, I've just fallen in love. With you & your husband for being so wonderful to Brady and with Brady, of course. I'm sending your link to a girlfriend who has 2 Goldens; she will smile bigtime.

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    1. I absolutely did, Marsha and still am smiling! Brady reminds me a LOT of our Golden Ben. Happy Birthday Mr. B (we call Ben this too, along with Bee, Beedo, you name it)!!! Here is to a healthy year ahead and leave those rocks and socks alone please. ;)

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    2. Thank you, Marsha!! We really do love him so much - he's made our lives 100% more fun :)

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    3. Haha, I love it! If only we could get Ben and Brady together for a play date! :)

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  2. So so handsome and worth every penny! Happy Birthday Brady!

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  3. Happy birthday Brady!! He is so darn cute! That pic of him with the destroyed toy had me literally laugh out loud. He's got this look on his face like "what?!?" LOL
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. Happy, happy birthday, sweet Brady! He's such a cute lil guy, love the picture of him in front of the Christmas tree.

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  5. Oh my goodness - he's gotten into so much in his first year with you guys!! Happy First Birthday to Brady!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. He is SUCH a beautiful dog! And you can tell that he's brought so much happiness into your lives :) I hope he has the best birthday ever!!

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  7. Happy Birthday, sweet Brady! Love seeing all these sweet photos. And y'all are like us with the nicknames -- I can't believe Sophie knows her name either!
    xo Southern Style

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  8. aww happy birthday little one!!!! and many more to come!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  9. Happy, happy birthday Brady Boy!! You bring so much light to all of our live's!!

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  10. Awwwww HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Brady Boy aka the sock bandit! That face - too adorable <3

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    1. He says thank you!! ;) We had a great day yesterday!

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  12. Awww! Happy birthday Brady!! He looks so snuggly and cute!! xoxo

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  13. Happy birthday Brady! He is just the cutest and I can't believe you guys have had him for that long already!! I seriously hope his swallowing days are behind him!!

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  14. Happy Birthday to your sweet Brady! This makes me miss my Brady (who we also called Brady Boy) so much.

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  15. Oh my goodness he's so adorable! I can't believe he's a year already! They sure do keep life fun and keep us on our toes! Paris loves the dishwasher and expects ice cubes too haha. Kids and Cabernet

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  16. He's such a beautiful dog (and cute)! Happy birthday, Brady!!!!! From one pet parent to another - the time goes by so fast!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  17. Happy Birthday Brady!!!! He is the cutest!!

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  18. oh gosh - Harvey knows the peanut butter jar & is ALL ON TOP of you while its out. Don't know if you do this, but when you get to the end of the jar, its always a good treat to let them lick it clean. It's like a treat & a game all in one.

    Happy Birthday Brady! I've loved watching him grow up.

    But remember, 'puppy' behavior lasts till 2 years old so you have another year to go :) Good luck!

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  19. Cuteness overload!! Happy 1st birthday, Brady!!

    Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Amy!!! Hard to believe 1 year has gone by so quickly!

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  20. What a sweet pup!! Can't believe he's already ONE. Glad you all survived the first year of puppyhood and hope the ER visits are a thing of the past. I'm thinking he's going to have a peanut buttery birthday treat to celebrate :)

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  21. Oh my goodness, how in the world is Brady one year old already?! I loved all these photos, and he sure has brought a lot of happiness to your life. I still hope eventually we can get him and Finn together for a play date!

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  22. Awwwwwww seriously I was just thinking when I saw the snaps of him, he is honestly the most handsome! Happy Birthday to Brady!

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  23. Awww! Brady is seriously so cute and his little puppy pics are just too much. I can't believe how fast he's grown! Take my advice and never let your guard down on your socks...15 years old and my dog is still trying to eat socks over here.

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  24. AW! Happy Birthday Brady! Those pictures are so adorable! Hopefully this next year is full of fun and less of eating socks and rocks ;)

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  25. Happy birthday Brady!! SO cute! Loved all the pictures!

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  26. OMG stop I can't handle all this cuteness! He is adorable and sounds like he has the cutest personality! Happy Birthday Brady!

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  27. Awww happy birthday, Brady!! Seriously, he is the CUTEST dog, and I love the photo of him and your husband laying in bed haha!

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  28. Happy birthday Brady!! Loved reading this little recap of his first year and I hope all of the sock incidents are over!! He is such an adorable dog and y'all have definitely made a lot of good memories so far :)

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  29. Such a cute little guy! Love the expression on his face in the photo where he gutted his stuffed toy. Priceless! Lola turns 1 year on Sept 5th so their practically the same age.

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  30. I want a golden retriever so badly. Brady is just too adorable!!! Happy birthday big boy!!

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  31. Happy belated birthday to Brady boy!!! He's grown so much, but he's still as adorable as ever, here's to many more birthdays!!!

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  32. aww happy (belated) birthday to B!! he is so adorable! i really hope he is out of the swallowing phase!

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  33. (I just had to double check that I didn't comment on this already, think I'm getting confused with instagram lol) But seriously, could he be any cuter? Don't tell my sister, but I think he is THE cutest golden retriever I've ever seen. How is he so soft and fluffy?! What kind of shampoo does he use haha?!?!! I love all the little details. Aren't dogs funny how they just know certain words? Like peanut butter? I have this theory that dogs actually learn english and eventually know what we're saying all the time. Also, if you haven't already, you have to read "The Art Of Racing In The Rain" it's told from a dogs perspective and one of my favorites. And how was the doggie cake?! Did he love it? Did you try it haha???

    x. MorningApple

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  34. Ahh love love love this whole post! So many precious photos. He is SUCH a cutie! Happy birthday, sweet boy!

    Oreo isn't allowed to sleep in our bed at home because he's so awful to sleep with, but we do let him sleep with us in the bed when we travel and he comes with us. And without fail he is partially on my pillow and partially on my head. So when you said that about Brady it made me laugh! :) Oh, and he totally does the lick-everything-in-the-dishwasher thing too! He's better now that he's older and understands "no" better, but he still will try if we're not paying attention. ;)

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  35. So many great pictures, there is nothing better than doggie snuggles! Happy Birthday to your sweet boy! Xo, Stephanie

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  36. Happy Birthday to sweet Brady! I love your little tribute to him! So cute! xo

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