Vaska's First Birthday
October 2 is Vaska's first birthday, and he's become a fine young man.
He began life as a puppy in Florida.
He was raised with the help of his Auntie Esme, a refined southern lady of truly excellent breeding, who taught him the gentle arts of muay thai and ground-and-pound.
At 10 weeks, he boarded a plane in Orlando, got out in Burlington and discovered that, somehow, the world had undergone some real changes in the intervening four hours.
He had arrived just in time for the annual Christmas photo shoot, which was taking place at a store next to where he went for his first meeting with his new veterinarian.
He quickly adjusted to the new climate ...
... as well as the rigorous pace of his new home.
He immediately set about the task of making friends.
And by spring, he had some real pull within his social circle.
and had made quite a social splash.
However, it will take more than a minor surgical procedure to wipe the smile from his face.
Happy birthday to my constant companion and this man's best friend.