Today we are celebrating two very special birthdays. One is Emily’s grandfather, who has always been so loving and supportive, and is probably out playing a great round of golf today. Fore! The other birthday is our beloved Hobie, who has been Emily’s faithful companion since he was seven weeks old. Today Hobie turns 11, and despite the gray chin, fat lumps, and occasional achy joints, he’s still a playful puppy who just wants to be chased with his stick. This morning we took Hobie hiking straight up the side of Volcán Maderas on Isla Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. He charged through the jungle like a champ, jumping up the slippery rocks and roots, and only occasionally being terrified by a lizard or particularly threatening leaf.
Happy Birthday Grampy and Hobie!