happy birthday sweet bean

ruca bean yates-mora turns 6 today!  i spent a good chunk of time a couple weeks ago updating this with some of bean’s puppy pictures. and it brought me back to her sweet puppyhood and all the time we’ve spent together since.  i love this dog with an intensity that can be scary sometimes, you know how that is? she’s been the best part of so many of my days, i can’t imagine a life without her.  this is why it’s critical that i raise 30K to clone her….i have plans for a kickstarter.  kidding! (only kind of)

part of the reason i got bean was because i was in the throes of a horrible depression.  the kind of depression that requires medication (i’ll save that stroy for another day). but instead of pharmaceuticals i chose this dog.  this funny, sweet, smart and talented little beast.  and from the second she came into my life things started to turn around.  it’s hard to stay depressed when you have to go to the dog park and worry about socializing a dog who starts wailing like a maniac the second she even sees another dog. there was no more barely dragging myself out of bed, she wanted to go on adventures.  no time for wallowing, there was cuddling to be had. i loved her more than myself so i obliged.

i’ve always felt that she saved me, this wonderful dog who shares her life with me, and i’m so so happy she did. and now, on this blog, i am so happy that i can share her amazingness with the world. she’s something special. happy birthday my sweet ruca bean, i am forever changed because of your fuzzy love.

*i may or may not have been weeping for the entirety of writing this post.  

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  1. Jamie|

    This is the sweetest post ever. I know what it's like to love an animal so much it hurts. Dogs are just the sweetest ever, all they want is to love you and be loved!

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  2. sarah|

    yes!!! we love our dog so much too. next to bean, he is the cutest dog alive :) So special to us. We are expecting our first child in August and I'm really nervous about how the dynamics will change between us and Jackie (our precious dog). Wish us luck!!

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  3. shelley|

    what a sweet dog! I'm glad she could change your happiness, I know that I've had animals to do the same. happy birthday bean

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  4. kay*|

    aww this is one of the most touching posts i've ever read. sweet and poignant. i've had my howard now for 4 years and i understand just how you feel – the little guy brings me so much happiness and i love him so intently it's kinda ridiculous.

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  5. Amanda|

    This post made me tear up! Living alone can get lonely sometimes, but having my little puppy Peek-a-Boo around is like having a friend! That extra heartbeat in the house makes a world of difference.

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  6. sarah yates|

    thanks so much everyone! i'm so glad to know i'm not the only dog mama whose heart is so full of love it hurts! and @sarah- congratulations! i have another friend who loves her dogs/cats with as much intensity as i do who just had her first baby, she said it didn't change a thing. and i believe her after the 1 million pictures of the baby WITH the dogs that i've seen on instagram and facebook. :)

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  7. jenny|

    i feel you on this post.. my boston terrier reminds me daily of how fortunate we are to have each other. happy birthday bean.. <3

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  8. Danica|

    Acchhhggghh…great! That was such a sweet post that now I'm crying at my desk like a big boob! Happy Birthday Bean.

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  9. Lauren Ashley|

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. We adopted twin kittens 3 years ago, and that have enriched our lives in more ways than I can count. I am a fierce kitty mama. :-)

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  10. dana|

    your post brought tears to my eyes! I feel exactly the same about my dog, I am pretty sure she saved me. When I get home at night I always tell her she is the best part of my day. :)
    Aren't we dog people all lucky?!

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  11. Greta|

    this is the most beautiful post! i'm teary thinking about my sweet furry pup, who is currently sunbathing in the yard. they are so much more than "pets"- best friends, companions in the good and bad, providing a strong, steady love over the years. thank you for writing this beautiful love letter to bean, and happiest birthday to her!

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  12. ashley k|

    what a sweet post, you almost got me crying! happy birthday, bean. kenny and i are ultimate dog lovers, and it pains us that we can't start our "family" (+dog) because our rental house won't allow it. i know i'm going to feel the same way about our future fluffy dog.

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  13. sarah yates|

    thanks again everyone! it's so nice to hear about how much you all love your dogs/cats too! @ashley i've been there…the wait just makes you appreciate finally getting your pup that much more!

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