I’m breaking my totally unplanned blogging hiatus to say that today is Jasper the dog’s 7th birthday.

That’s 49 in dog years, oh man.

Fun fact: Jasper came into my life when he was 9 weeks old, during the summer I graduated from university. When I look at him today I not only see an adorably perfect canine companion of seven amazing years, but I also see ever accomplishment, every trial, and every experience of my independent adult life. And through it all, he has been the constant.

What a delightful thing it is to have had such steadfast joy throughout the ups and downs of this pivotal time in my life. As with every single day, but especially today, I can only hope that I’ve brought him as much happiness and security as he’s given to me.

Happy birthday, my not-so-little April Fool. <3