5 November, 2012  |   11 Comments

Happy Birthday Pinot.

Pinot's Birthday Walk

Waking up to my littles singing a raucous Happy Birthday to my dog, we know it’s going to be a good day.

We’ve celebrated Pinot’s birthday every year since she joined us.

The traditional walk

On her birthday, Pinot leads the walk. She gets a full hour to sniff whatever she wants for as long as she wants to. If she wants to go left, she goes left, and I follow. This year Nora Lea requested some photos from our walk so she could share in the fun.

Pinot's Birthday Walk

Pinot's Birthday Walk

Pinot's Birthday Walk

Pinot's Birthday Walk

Pinot's Birthday Walk

The traditional meal

We eat some sort of red meat for dinner on Pinot’s birthday. Pot roast, steaks, whatever, Pinot gets the leftovers and I remind myself that we only do this once a year.

P Dubs.

The traditional viewing of Pinot pictures

We gather around the laptop to check out all our favorite photos of Pinot and talk about why she’s an important member of the family.


This year the list included:
“She keeps the monsters away.”
“She eats my broccoli.”


Happy dog.

Thanks Pinot, for sharing your life and love with us.
We promise to do our best by you.
(Like by donating to the Humane Society in New York in your name.)

A quick little poem for Pinot and me.

The Hound

Life the hound
Comes at a bound
Either to rend me
Or to befriend me.
I cannot tell
The hound’s intent
Till he has sprung
At my bare hand
With teeth or tongue.
Meanwhile I stand
And wait the event.

Robert Francis (1901-1987)

11 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Pinot.

  1. 1
    Ally Bean says:

    What lovely traditions you have for Pinot. I’m sure that she appreciates the attention– and the broccoli that comes her way. 🙂

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    LauraH says:

    Yeaterday was Tug, my St Bernard’s 8th birthday. He got a swim in the lake, some pasta and a peanut butter birthday cake. I love how you look at photos and talk about his place in your family – what a wonderful idea! I can’t imagine life without a furry companion.

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    Lori Haislip says:

    Sweet traditions! For our Westie’s birthday (he is 8 now) we have always purchased a plain hamburger for him to wolf down.

  4. 4

    Such a sweetie! Love the photos.

  5. 5
    bluishorange says:

    Happy birthday, Pinot! How old is she now?

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    Joe Yeager says:

    Best wishes for a very happy birthday to my gray girlfriend! Hugs and kisses, Uncle Joe

  7. 7

    […] Happy Birthday Pinot at HelenJane.com.  Helen Jane’s blog was one of the first I ever started reading…back before Google Reader and RSS feeds…I remember actually visiting every individual website to see if there was a new post…rockin’ it old school!  Anyway I loved this post about her dog Pinot and all the special things the family does for him on his birthday every year…including letting him take the lead on his birthday walk, love this…the sign of a true dog person (Photo Credit: Helen Jane) […]

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