I can’t believe Rico is five already! He’s just the sweetest and most sensitive dog I’ve ever had. And he has all the enthusiasm you could ever hope for.
I took this photo this morning.
Poor thing. He just hates posing so much. And yet I continue to torture him.
Rico was one of eight puppies born on November 1, 2016. Here he is on the day he was born.
Look at that big old foot!
This is Rico’s mama Mira with her eight puppies. Rico is somewhere in that puppy pile!
Here he is when he was a few weeks old and the puppies were given some goats milk. I’m pretty sure he went swimming in it!
This is Rico at about a month old. He was called Spot until I named him because he has a black spot on his belly.
Here he is at about four weeks old. I would know him anywhere!
This is me and Rico when I flew to Utah to bring him home to Oregon when he was 8 weeks old.
Oh, how I miss those gorgeous mountains!
This photo was taken the same day. Look at how big his feet were! I should have known he’d end up big!
These are the first photos my friend Heather took of Rico when he first came home to Oregon. She’s a wonderful photographer and I’m so lucky to have such amazing photos of my dogs.
Good lord. Just ridiculously cute!
These photos are from Rico’s first hike with all his border collie friends.
Such a sweet expression on his face.
And here he is enjoying the organic Oregon country side.
This photo was taken the day I sneaked Rico into the office to meet everyone there.
That’s a big bag and he didn’t fit in it for very long.
A week or so after I brought Rico home we had a huge snow storm. Forrest got cold out in the snow and Rico cuddled up next to him to keep him warm.
Rico and Bender were destined to be the best of friends.
He was always a beefcake!
I kept track of Rico’s growth by photos in this doorway.
I came home from work one day to find that Hurricane Rico had devastated the kitchen.
This was Rico’s very first trip to the Oregon Coast. I think he liked it.
Every puppy I’ve ever had discovers the toilet paper at some point.
And here’s proof that he actually can be a very bad dog.
This was the very first time Rico met sheep. Little did he know his future would have a lot of sheep in it.
My friend Heather took this photo of Rico to celebrate his first birthday. What a handsome and manly kid!
And Rico is more than just a pretty face. He’s incredibly athletic and talented. Look at all this power and concentration!
And he’s cool and collected when working on sheep.
We celebrated Rico’s birthday tonight with a peanut butter, banana and honey cake I made for him. He did not like waiting for it to cool.
Happy birthday Rico!