boo bear

although he doesn’t look a day over 62, ivan is celebrating his 91st birthday today.  that’s 13 in people years.  in the 12 years and 8 months he’s lived with me he’s never said a word , yet i could write an entire book about him.

on december 8, 1999, i adopted ivan. when we got home, we both looked at each other & thought, “what do we do now?”


we went to the park on on 58th street & sutton place and bonded in an instant.  i think it was the most fun he ever had in his first 4  months.

after all that playing, i put him down for a nap.

 i can clearly remember not being able to take my eyes off him and i just stared at him asleep on the bed – until it was time to play some more.

as you can see, he’s exceptionally debonair,

incredibly modest about his good looks,


and not a bit fussy about what he wears.

(unless i dress him up in something ridiculous)


he plays well with others,

he’s adventurous & athletically gifted,

a compassionate listener,


and he loves a good party.

but most of all, he’s the best thing that ever happened to me.

happy birthday, my love!

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” 
― Lao Tzu

About these ads

13 responses to “boo bear

  1. Happy birthday, Ivan! Looking good at 91.

  2. Happy Birthday Ivan, I Love you…. A beautiful tribute Laurie xo

  3. What a cutie-patoodie!!

  4. Your love affair with Ivan wafts through the digital ether ………… how sweet & wonderful for you both:)

  5. Happy Birthday to Ivan the Incredible!!!! Xoxoxo

  6. Happy Birthday Ivan! He is such a sweetheart, and so devoted to protecting you.

  7. Looks like a great friend!

  8. Excellent post! He is adorable and The Ward family including our girls Millie & Oceana (golden retriever & beagle-terrier) send Happy Birthday wishes! May you celebrate many more.

your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s