Happy Anniversary, Klaus! - The Dainty Squid

Happy Anniversary, Klaus!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One year ago today I met the sweetest little guy ever. This pup is seriously one of the best things to ever happen to me. Even though I don't think it's possible to like him any more than I already do, each day I do just that.  Can I be dramatic for just a second and say that I don't even know what I'd do without him? He's the best company a girl could ask for.

A few of my favorite posts about Klaus:
Newest member of the TDS crew - his very first appearance on the blog.
Just a pupdate - some precious pictures of my puppy in a bow tie.
Klaus + Crum - my two favorite puppies playing together.
Another pupdate - cute pictures, and some silly facts about my boy.
What I wore + a pupdate - a puppy afraid of the beach.
10 things making me smile - Klaus playing in the snow!
A girl and her pup - a post full of pictures of Klaus and I. It's one of my favorites!

While looking through the posts about Klaus, I found this one with a list of "Klaus facts" which are hilarious to me. To this day he still rolls over to show his belly to anyone who approaches his crate. Sometimes he won't get up until you give him some belly scratches. He's still not much of a barker, although in the last few weeks he's started barking at some strangers on the sidewalk oops but still he's so quiet in the apartment. He loves being close and will always do his best to squirm his way in between Jeff and I. He LOVES tennis balls more than ever. One of his favorite things to do is bring all of his tennis balls into my bed one by one.

Something that is new to Klaus since that post is that he's finally starting to get along with the cats. Wait, let me reword that - the cats are finally starting to get along with him. Kind of crazy to me that it's taken a year but better late than never, right?! Klaus so desperately wants to be friends with them. On more than one occasion I've caught Klaus trying to give Professor a ball or bone. The cats have actually gotten to the point where they'll lay in bed while he's in there too. Professor is even sometimes tolerant enough to let Klaus groom him. I have to fight the tears when I see that big goofy puppy licking that tiny kitty's ears.

He's also taken quite a liking to mud puddles. I still haven't convinced him that the beach is fun. I'm thinking that will take the help of another dog who actually likes waves. But while he was at my parents my mom sent me this photo. Apparently he likes to play for a while then take a break, and cool off in the mud.

Glad you're mine, Klaus! Here's to many more years of petting your belly, and playing the cheese game.
xoxo

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  1. What a cutie and such wonderful pics too

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  2. What a beautiful post - Like you, I was always a Cat Person, but dogs are definitely growing on me!

    Plus, it's good to see other people fill their blogs with their adorable pets as much as I do!

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  3. It's a lot harder to bring a new dog into a cat house than it is to have dogs first and then a kitten (in my experiences), so a year for them to get a long isn't bad at all!

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  4. I love this post. The way you adore your pets is possibly one of my favorite things about you! Sometimes I feel a little crazy with how much I love my dog, but he is just so great! I feel like you would totally understand, haha.

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  5. awwwwn very cute!! happy birthday Kalus :3 your mom love you

    have a nice sunday!!

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  6. I totally teared up reading this post - especially about Klaus grooming the kitty. So sweet. It really astounds me how much compassion animals are capable of, most of the time without even trying. We have a lot to learn from our furry friends, I think.

    Happy pupiversary! :)

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  7. Very Happy b-day Klaus, this is so cute. ♥

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  8. What a handsome boy! Happy anniversary;)

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  9. Seriously though that picture of him with a bow tie is the cutest!! I seriously can't wait till me & the man get a dog! Klaus is super adorable. I wish you many many more happy years with Mr. Klaus! Happy Doggiversary! ;)
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  10. For a dog as big as Klaus, you really should be careful about letting him play with tennia balls, especially unsupervised. There is always the risk of it getting lodged in his mouth and obstructing his airways.

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    1. Lucille, while I appreciate you caring for his well being, trust that I know what's best for my dog.

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  11. The comment about him grooming your cat made me laugh - my dog is obsessed with licking my cat's ears! I have no idea why he loves it so much, but thankfully the cat puts up with it.

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  12. He is such a gorgeous and friendly looking dog, love the brindle. :)

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  13. He's absolutely adorable! I think I kind of love all these pictures, but also the pictures from that first appearance of Klaus on the blog. What a cutie!

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  14. Our big dog doesn't like the beach either, well the sea really. I think it might be the sound of it, you know a loud sound but you can't really figure out where the sound is coming from.
    Cx

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    1. Yeah, the waves freak him out! He's all about puddles but the beach is another story! :P

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  15. Hi Kayla! I've been reading your blog for a long time now and I just wanted to say congrats on your big upheaval & I am very glad you are settling into your new life :)
    I totally understand how hard this must have been for you & even harder with the world watching.
    Hope you and the kitty's & Klaus are good.
    Do you get to see Leaf & Dr Octopus at all these days? Lots of Love to all of you from across the pond! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ashleigh!

      No, I haven't seen them since I moved. I'm not exactly on great terms with my ex, who they stayed with. I miss them so much!

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  16. I love this post! Klaus is so precious and you guys are so lucky to have each other :)
    I'm super encouraged to hear that he and your kitties are getting along. My cats (of 5 years) still aren't too thrilled with my pup, who I've had for a little over a year..one day I hope they can all get along!

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  17. So cute!! I love this post! Happy birthday Klaus
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  18. I love hearing about Klaus! Did you do any formal training, or have any dog training tips that worked well? He seems like such a wonderful, well behaved boy. Does he know any tricks yet? ;) You got Klaus just shortly before we adopted our first pup and I love seeing other dogs her age! My pup Lola and cat Tommy are just starting to kinda cuddle, haha, not all the way cuddle, but the other day they fell asleep with their butts touching on the couch so I decided that counted. ;)

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    1. Nope, I've been meaning to take him to training but keep putting it off. He's a pretty good boy. He doesn't know any tricks, other than "high five".

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  19. A year seriously - I remember commenting on how cute me was on that first post! And look at him now all grown up and still as cute as ever!

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    1. I know, it's crazy how fast time went!

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  20. Aww happy first anniversary with Klaus! I loved all these adorable photos and that's awesome the cats are warming up to him! :)

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  21. such a sweet baby! congrats on one year with such a cutie! <3

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  22. What a sweetheart and such cute shots too. Congratulations!

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  23. Amazing!!!!He's cute beyond words ^^

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