Happy Birthday Dante!

My baby is six years old today*, and I can hardly wrap my brain around that fact. When I first brought him home that night before Easter, four years ago, I had no idea what joy and growth he would bring to my life. He’s helped me grow up, in the best way possible, while providing amusement and comfort on a daily basis. I don’t think you can ask much more than that from a companion, do you?

Ellingsen Photography Dante Birthday Diptych
Ellingsen Photography Dante and Me December 2011

For fun, here’s a look back at some of my favorite photos of Dante over the years…

Ellingsen Photography Dante Birthday Mosaic 2012

Thank you, my darling boy, for everything. We’ll be celebrating tonight with a long walk, plenty of chicken and maybe a hot dog too (because we all know what happens when I try to get him a fancy treat).  :)


*He was brought to the shelter after being found on the mean streets of Seal Beach, so when the vet estimated him at two years, I just made his adoption day his birthday.