Happy Independence Day, America!

Erika and I don’t have any kiddos yet…that is unless you count our fur babies.  All you animal lovers out there know…your pets are your children, too!  Haha!

Eight years ago our lab, Tucker, was born on the 4th of July.  The craziest part of the story is that he was born in a hotel room.  It wasn’t the ideal situation, but long story short, Erika had an interview out of town and that’s where the magic happened.  It was only fitting that he got the nickname, “All American Love Puppy.”   Needless to say, it has been such an amazing experience witnessing his birth and raising him from Day 1…for us it was love at first sight.  We love him to pieces…including all his silly little quirks like licking his paws incessantly before napping or shying away from going out in the rain.  You’ve never met a sweeter, more laid back dog.  He’s truly our gentle giant, and I’m not kidding…he’s over 100 lbs now!


July 4, 2005…Tucker’s Birthday (pic on right)

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Tucker & his sister, Bonnie, hamming it up for the camera at a six weeks old.All American Love Puppy_002

Tucker at 6 months…at this point we had a feeling he was going to turn out to be huge.  All American Love Puppy_003

Tucker at 1 year old…

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…and the birthday boy today!All American Love Puppy_005

Isn’t he handsome?!  Doesn’t look a day over 4!All American Love Puppy_006

Happy 8th birthday, Tucker!!!!