Remembering Aspen

Today would be Aspen’s first birthday! I don’t think that we would have a day much out of the ordinary if she was still alive – I imagine that we would have spent the day at the dog park, taking her on long walks and giving her extra treats and cuddles. But today we will give our little Jackson extra cuddles as we remember our sweet girl Aspen.

Aspen has the best view!

Aspen has the best view!

It hasn’t been as hard on us having a new puppy as I expected it to, just with the memories we have of Aspen and how difficult it was to say goodbye to her. We have two framed photos of Aspen hanging above Jackson’s crate so she can watch over the little guy as he grows up. I don’t think we’d be where we are today with Jackson if we hadn’t learned so much from our experiences with Aspen. I am so excited to get to the point with Jackson where we left off with Aspen. She was becoming a mature dog and we were enjoying our time with her so much. I know that Jackson is and will continue to be a welcome member of our family, but we still think of Aspen every day.

Tonight we will have a drink in Aspen’s honor. Right after she died my friend Carrie brought us over a bottle of wine that she found that was made in memory of a wine maker’s late dog. We have saved that bottle and said we’d open it up on Aspen’s birthday. It was so wonderful to have such supportive friends to help us through the loss of our sweet girl.

Here are some of our favorite memories with Aspen:

The first day I met sweet Aspen! I had no idea what I was in for...

The first day I met sweet Aspen! I had no idea what I was in for…

Aspen's first big adventure to Crystal Mountain. Many of my favorite memories of her are from Crystal.

Aspen’s first big adventure to Crystal Mountain. Many of my favorite memories of her are from Crystal.

Alex loved to sit on the floor in the mornings and hold Aspen's bone for her to chew on.

Alex loved to sit on the floor in the mornings and hold Aspen’s bone for her to chew on.

 

Saturday mornings at the park. We LOVED that Aspen got us out of the house, walking around the neighborhood and it was so much fun to watch her play and learn at the park in our neighborhood.

Saturday mornings at the park. We LOVED that Aspen got us out of the house, walking around the neighborhood and it was so much fun to watch her play and learn at the park in our neighborhood.

Aspen's BFF Emma, my friend Sara's dog. Emma was born 4 days after Aspen and is celebrating her first birthday this week!

Aspen’s BFF Emma, my friend Sara’s dog. Emma was born 4 days after Aspen and is celebrating her first birthday this week!

Playing in the snow at Crystal Mountain before Alex and I took a few turns.

Playing in the snow at Crystal Mountain before Alex and I took a few turns.

She was our little baby.

She was our little baby.

Aspen spent the Friday before Christmas at Fetch, our neighborhood doggie daycare. I had wanted to get Aspen a Christmas or winter bandana and all of the dogs at Fetch that day got one. We are so thankful to Fetch for so much.

Aspen spent the Friday before Christmas at Fetch, our neighborhood doggie daycare. I had wanted to get Aspen a Christmas or winter bandana and all of the dogs at Fetch that day got one. We are so thankful to Fetch for so much.

Christmas in Whistler with Aspen was my absolute favorite time with Aspen. She was in love with the snow and spending so much time with our family.

Christmas in Whistler with Aspen was my absolute favorite time with Aspen. She was in love with the snow and spending so much time with our family.

I'm so thankful for the time we had with this sweet girl!

I’m so thankful for the time we had with this sweet girl!