Happy Adoption Birthday, Sanford!!

While September 11th is one of the most horrific days I have ever experienced, it also holds one of my very best memories.
On 9/11/08, my wonderful husband gave me the best surprise of my life.
He gave me a Pug-a 5 1/2 year old rescue.
I know that may sound ridiculous to some-that being the best surprise of my life, but I had always wanted a Pug and Sanford has exceeded any and all expectations I ever had in owning one.
 He is such an angel. THE sweetest thing I've ever known.
I am alone much of the time, and he protects me and provides me with an unmatched companionship.
 Sanford has been through some tough times in his life prior to joining our family.
He was neglected, occasionally abused, had been bullied and attacked by other dogs that he shared a pen with, and almost burned to death as a puppy.
His teeth were rotting, his toenails were so long they were curled under and growing into his pads, and he was 10 lbs. overweight-which is a ton for a small dog.
 His first night with us, we trimmed his toenails and I cried because he was in so much pain and bleeding all over everything. But, we had to do it so that he could walk again. 
Within a month we had 10 lbs. trimmed off of him and he was seriously a new dog. 
He was running up stairs that he couldn't walk up before.
He became playful despite how submissive and timid he is.
He grew to trust Brandon and even other men even though he was terrified of men before.
 He attached to me from the first day, and I admit it was tough for me to have something up under me 24/7 to begin with.
But now I am lost without him.
 If I think about something happening to him I just cry and cry because I love him so much. 
I can't remember my life before him and I don't want to know a future without him.
 Even though Brandon was never excited about me wanting a Pug, he loves me so much that he took it upon himself to surprise me with one. 
And the best part is that he is as in love with Sanford as I am.
 His name hasn't always been Sanford. 
It was Frankie when we adopted him. They called him "Frank-n-Beans."
I cringe just thinking about it. 
He is much too distinguished, well-behaved, intelligent, and loving to have such a ridiculous name. 
Sanford  Stadium is where the Bulldogs play, and since a Pug is the closest thing to a Bulldog we will ever own, we thought it suited him perfectly. 
He has at least a dozen other nicknames, though.
Even though Pugs can be stubborn, they are very intelligent dogs.
 I highly recommend Pugs. They will change your life for the better. I swear.
And, I am NOT a small dog person. 
Their barks are deep and their personalities are fabulous. 
If you don't like Sanford, I think you have a problem in your heart.
We love you Sanford, and we are so thankful God chose us to be your parents. 
We promise to always give you all the love, attention, and best care possible. 
I can't believe you are 8 1/2 years old! I want you to live forever. 
**The crochet bulldog hat is really for a baby and it's from an Etsy shop**


  1. He's so patient with that hat on. I can't get Wyatt to sit that still with his owlie hat.

  2. Such a sweet, sweet post! Sanford looks so precious in his little hat!!

  3. This breaks my heart to hear about pups being mistreated. My two shih tzus are my absolute world, and I can't imagine anyone harming them.

    Happy adoption day!

  4. Such a sweet post and he is so cute! It just breaks my heart to think of people mistreating dogs, it is so wrong! Our Louie's story sounds much like Sanford's beginning...hopefully the end is just as happy! :)

  5. He is precious, and I know what you mean. Our pugs growing up were the best dogs you could ask for. We used to dress ours in baby clothes and she would sit in the wagon all day as we pulled her around the yard and surrounded her with dolls. lol.

    Btw, love your new header!

  6. So precious. What a wonderful gift! Doggies bring so much joy (: And that hat is too cute for words.

  7. Sanford is just precious! Haha, I'm loving his hat. :) Isn't it funny how attached we get to our dogs? I can't imagine not having Glenda!

  8. Love the hat!!! It is good to know more about Sanford ;)

    Um how the heck did you get him to lose 10 pounds in a month? Lily is battling hypothroidism (with meds) and we have been trying for months to get her wieght down... it is a slow and agonizing process!

  9. what a cutie! I am glad you rescued him.

  10. Girl why you gotta make me cry at work? :)

  11. You're making me want to give him a big hug!! haha! He is so precious!

  12. Awww Sanford is so sweet :) He is so blessed to have y'all as his parents!

  13. Awwwww, your puppy butt is adorable!!! I love that he is so sweet that he lets you dress him up. :)

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  14. Awww this just melts my heart! As ridiculous as this is, it brings tears to my eyes. I can't believe someone would mistreat a dog so much. I want my dogs to live forever; I can't even think about when they won't be because I just cry and cry, it makes me so sad. :S

    Happy Adoption Birthday, Sweet Boy!!!

  15. He seems like the most lovable dog ever! it kills me to think that he had the life he did before you and brandon saved him it brings tears to my eyes to even think about it because dogs to me are much like a child in every way and they will always love you no matter what... Stanford is a blessed dog that will die happily knowing that he had 2 amazing parents who loved him as well as other puppy brothers n sisters in his life which you also own :)

  16. A big HELLO from Germany ! I am a new reader of your blog ,and I like it very much.
    I also have got a little dog ,it s a west highland terrier ,and CINDY is like a daughter to me ! And she is like a sister to my real daughter !
    In further I will give many many comments to your blog ,because I can not stop reading it !!!!!

  17. And Sanford i s soooo sweet,if you would not live so far away,Sanford and Cindy coul play together !
    It svery nice of you,that you rescues him !!!!!and he loves you and Brandon,I think .he also protects you and would give his life for you !
    ( sorry for my bad english )
    I am also member of Brandon s site in Facebook !


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