Happy 7th Birthday, Hampton Rose!

For the past few years, I've always taken this very special day - June 23rd - to write a Facebook tribute to our dog, Hampton, on his birthday. It's not hard to see that Hampton is really more than just a pet to Ben Harwood Rose and I; he is truly our treasured companion and most loyal steed. Today, Hampton turns 7, which feels like a very significant birthday for a number of reasons. Older and wiser than his father and me, he teaches us a number of important lessons every day (most of which are in line with the old adages "Hakuna Matata" and "Just chew it.") Most significantly, today is Hampton's last birthday as an only child, so we went a little more all-out than usual and had a very special celebration for him this morning. He spit the cake right out (he must have seen the word "nutritious" on the label) but the attendant at Dunkin' Donuts gave him a birthday donut hole which he throughly enjoyed.

Happy birthday to you, our wonderful dog. We love you to the moon and back again!

Laura Max Rose