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Of Wolves And Waves

My birthday was last Saturday and even though it was freezing, we braved the cold and hit the beach. It’s kind of a tradition to spend at least part of my birthday at the beach, sometimes the ocean, but more often than not, Lake Michigan. When it’s especially windy and the waves rise high, Lake Michigan almost feels like the Atlantic – almost, but not quite. My east coast relatives would strongly disagree.

I have always had kind of a love/hate relationship with my birthday. It’s not about getting older, but more about feeling stuck and not totally satisfied with where I am in life. 2016 has been a good year so far. Things are moving, albeit slowly, in the right direction. But I’m impatient by nature and the birthday thing (another year passing) makes me even more so. Quite simply, the waves clear my head.

Ruby is not a water dog. She tolerates the beach as long as the water doesn’t touch her paws (she’s got a little OCD going on). Saturday she was especially patient and even sat nicely while I set up the quintessential “dog on beach with crashing waves” shot.

There was another couple with dogs, but otherwise we had the beach to ourselves. In addition to water, Ruby doesn’t always love other dogs. But she seemed surprisingly comfortable with the couple’s husky, an enormous, blue-eyed, fluffy beauty with a definite wolf vibe.

I sat down on a log to get some shots of Ruby and her new friend. While I was fiddling with my camera and trying not to drop it lens first in the sand (I’ve done this and it’s not good), the husky moved behind me. I guess I didn’t notice.

All of a sudden I hear someone yell, “Hugo, NO!” His person starts running towards us, waving his arms frantically in the air. But it was too late. Apparently, I was sitting on HIS log. Nothing breaks up the birthday magic and introspection like being peed on …

Hugo’s person was mortified and kindly offered to cover dry cleaning. But by this time we were pretty much in hysterics. No hard feelings for Hugo or his person. This will surely go down in birthday history as one of the funniest, most bizarre moments ever. I’m pretty sure my daughter has already shared it with her entire school.

If a bird poops on you, it’s considered good luck. I know this because it’s happened to me several times and when it has, people always tell me to play the lottery (which I still haven’t won, by the way). No idea what it means when a dog/wolf pees on you on your birthday. Is it a good sign or a bad sign or just a reminder that life remains unpredictable, strange, and at times, very funny?

Disclaimer: When I repeat this story in the future, I will refer to the wolf along the Atlantic rather than the dog in Chicago because it just sounds way better. 


  1. Mitch and Molly
    April 13, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Oops! For some reason, you have our mom in hysterics, Ruby's mom☺

  2. Mark Muller
    April 13, 2016 / 10:44 am

    it was a special greeting written in yellow ink… probably HapPEE Birthday :o)

  3. Emma
    April 13, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Oh no! That would not be good. My mom is funny about birthdays too. She feels she started all the things she loves too late in life and won't be able to do what she really should have done in life. The main thing is if you are happy I guess. Hopefully dog pee brings happiness.

  4. Madi and Mom
    April 13, 2016 / 11:01 am

    RubyWhat a handsome surfer dude you found on the beach. I just love you in that green jacket!!LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL I'm sorry Kristin but that was just too funny and you painted such a great visual picture. I bet Hugo leave a lot of pee mail..he is a big boy.So you say if a bird poops on you is good luck,I say if Hugo the Huge Husky pees on you YOU VERY wet!!Hugs madi and Cecilia

  5. Marg
    April 13, 2016 / 11:43 am

    That is such a great story. It sounds funny since we are miles away but probably wasn't a funny at first. I think the other Mom running towards Hugo with hands flailing must have been the funniest. Lots of great pictures in this one. Take care.

  6. MattieDog
    April 13, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Ha ha ha ha!! Your disclaimer is pawesome! Oh, go ahead, consider it good luck – bird poop, dog pee, it's all good!

  7. Edie ThePug
    April 13, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    A belated happy birthday to you! There is nothing like a walk to clear you mind and get you thinking about the past and what the future might bring. Rudy did a wonderful job of sitting on the beach while you took a lovely photo of her by the water. I too have had a bird poop on me and everyone says its good luck, but like you I never won the lottery 😉 I have yet to have a dog pee on me and to be honest I'm not sure what that means, other than what a funny story you have to tell, and a memory you will always remember with a smile on your face 🙂

  8. Bryn Nowell
    April 13, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    Birthday pee…maybe it's the start of a new tradition?! Actually, let's hope it isn't! Wishing you the very best of birthdays! I hope this year is so amazing it rocks your own socks off! Sending birthday cheer and thoughts of freshly laundered pants 🙂

  9. Casey
    April 13, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    BOL! The husky was just wishing you a happy birthday the only way he could!

  10. Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady
    April 13, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! I feel the same about mine. Lake Huron can feel the same way too (it is the lake I grew up on).

  11. Two French Bulldogs
    April 13, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! We still love the beach in the coldSnorts,Lily & Edward

  12. AmyShojai
    April 13, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    LOLOL~ Well, you said it was a chilly day, maybe he wanted to warm you up!

  13. Nichole Burke
    April 13, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    We've all heard the good luck part, but we still don't want a bird to poop on us… LOL Happy Birthday!

  14. Ruth Epstein
    April 13, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    BOL thanks for the laugh, happy belated birthday, Layla hates the water also and will not go near the water 🙂

  15. Sandra
    April 13, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Happy Belated birthday and thanks for the smiles, i can't stop grinning. i can just SEE this in my head… the dog that peed on your birthday is truly gorgeous as is sweet Ruby allowing the photo shoot… no idea how old you are but i can tell you that my life got much much much better after i was 40

  16. Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs
    April 13, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    that is certainly one way to remember your birthday 🙂

  17. Dory and the Mama
    April 13, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    What a memorable birthday for sure! I love the outlook you took away from the experience!

  18. The Flynnigans
    April 13, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    I've been there MANY a time before. LOL. It happens. Happy Belated birthday! I hear what you're saying, aging sure is bitter sweet.Hugo is a gorgeous boy!!

  19. Marie Symeou
    April 13, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!I understand how you feel. The years just go by, especially as we get older. I too feel stuck in life. Hope things work out for you :)Love the photos!Purrs xxAthena and Marie

  20. Sweet Purrfections
    April 13, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Love the photos and the story of the "wolf" had me LOL on this dreary day. I know how you feel as I turned 60 last month and I've found myself a little depressed about it.

  21. Earl Lover
    April 13, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    PAWsome shots!

  22. Yamini MacLean
    April 13, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Hari OMFIRST – Belated greetings for the day..Second… bbwwhwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaah ..hiccup…Third – oh yeah, that's the definition of p****d off…….hehehehehehe… oh dear, hysterics again. My b'day is a couple weeks away – I shall avoid sitting on the shore. YAM xx

  23. Three Chatty Cats
    April 13, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Sounds like quite an adventure at the beach! That dog IS enormous (and beautiful). Ruby sounds like my dog Eddie – not a water dog at all. And Happy (belated) Birthday! I hope the coming year continues in the right direction for you!

  24. Kari Neumeyer
    April 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    By hysterics, you mean laughing, right? Good to have a sense of humor about such things. Ruby looks cold in that first picture! Go home and get under a cozy blanket!

  25. Dolly theDoxie
    April 13, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    No way! I think the peeing was a good thing as it took your mind off of what you were thinking of for sure! I think that Dolly and Ruby would get along really well. There's the OCD thing and not wanting to get the feet wet. I am trying to plan a beach day but we have to go to the dog beach.

  26. Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog
    April 13, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    At least it was an eventful birthday! I hope 2016 brings all that you hope for.

  27. Frankie Furter and Ernie
    April 13, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    ♫ HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRFDAY TO YOU ♫omd omd OMD… you got peed on… fur your Birfday????? At least when Sarge PEED on ME… it wasn't my Birfday… HEY RUBY… will you please give your mom a HUG and a CUDDLE from US… fur her Birfday.

  28. Tenacious Little Terrier
    April 13, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I guess the Husky wanted to make sure your birthday was truly memorable!

  29. Jackie Bouchard
    April 13, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    A "wolf on the Atlantic" peed on me is definitely an unforgetable birthday! Happy belated bday!

  30. Murphy
    April 13, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Lake Michigan is beautiful BUTT really cold! Happy belated birfday!Your Pals,Murphy & Stanley

  31. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    April 13, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Happy birthday,Kristin!!! Take it from us, we say it means Hugo loves you:)Woos – Ciara and Lightning

  32. da tabbies o trout towne
    April 13, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    guys….happee pee lated birthday two yur mom, ☺☺☺ her day waz one fulla laffs for sure; we hope her day waz awesum…..N we hope her haza yeer a head filled with happee nezz & health ♥♥♥♥♥

  33. Julie
    April 13, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    HAPPY belated BIRFDAYI is soooo sorry but the being pee'd on did make me laffs….well you always haf laffs on your Birfday…….and CAKE!!! of course.Loves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  34. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
    April 13, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    That wolf/dog has marked you. You are now his for life.

  35. Cathy Armato
    April 13, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    BOL!! I hope it was a happy birthday anyway, it sounds like it other than that A-Husky-Peed-On Me thing! Huskies are definitely prone to resource and territory guarding, I know mine sure is. Birthdays can often make you feel a little stuck, but it will pass. Focus on your accomplishments, like creating The Specials series of blog posts. A great body of work!Love & Biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  36. Idaho PugRanch
    April 13, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Hope that was some birthday good luck!! BOL!!!Glad it was laughable!Happy BirthdayMR Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  37. Anonymous
    April 13, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Happy belated birthday. I really believe that getting peed on – on your birthday is good luck. This will be a funny memory you have forever. I bet it's going to be hard to top this b-day memory.

  38. meowmeowmans
    April 13, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Kristin! We're glad you were able to laugh about Hugo's greetings. 🙂

  39. Spencer the Goldendoodle
    April 13, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Love your disclaimer! 🙂

  40. Daily Dog Tag
    April 13, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    It sounds like a pretty good birthday, what a lovely tradition to go to a beach! Even a cold one. I am glad that you could laugh about Hugo's style of birthday wishes.

  41. Brian
    April 13, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Well pretty Ruby, that is one for the memory books! Happy Birthday beautiful lady!

  42. Diane Holland
    April 13, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    Oh my! You have me rolling in laughter! It's definitely a birthday you will remember!

  43. GonetoTheSnowDogs
    April 13, 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Sounds like a typical husky to me!

  44. LP
    April 14, 2016 / 12:50 am

    Happy birthday once more Kristin! We think Hugo wanted to make your birthday memorable by leaving you with a great story to tell ! 🙂 He is a very handsome wolf by the Atlantic we might add 🙂 Our Mama feels the same way about birthdays; it's not about getting older for her but about somehow not finding the right kind of purpose in the year that she must now leave behind.the critters in the cottage xo

  45. Jean Dion
    April 14, 2016 / 12:54 am

    Nothing quite like being peed on to snap you to attention. When I worked at a veterinary ER, we had a repeat customer who always always ALWAYS had to pee on me. He'd corner me to do it. And he was big. With a lot of pee. *sigh* Happiest of birthdays to you.Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  46. The Island Cats
    April 14, 2016 / 1:51 am

    Well, that was quite the birthday present!

  47. Christine Caplan
    April 14, 2016 / 2:11 am

    I say call it good luck! 🙂

  48. FiveSibesMom
    April 14, 2016 / 2:54 am

    Happy belated Birthday! Now, I'm laughing pretty good here…the "Hugo, No!" really tipped me off! Have a Husky pee on you for your birthday beach side…oh definitely lucky! (Of course, I may be biased!) Best.Story.Ever.

  49. Jeanne Pursell
    April 14, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Happy Birthday!! What a story!! The dog is beautiful…and we really like the green coat…but the peeing part of the story…just makes us laugh!! BOL!!

  50. Kerri Irwin
    April 14, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! Goose's birthday is coming up too and i have the same love/hate relationship with birthdays. none the less it looks like your beach day was fun!

  51. tubby3pug
    April 14, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Happy birthday! I also love hate my birthday I love celebrating it but I get worried about time passing and not appreciating it. IT looks like a good day thought and I too have had my dogs pee on other dogs so embarassingretro rover

  52. Katie A.
    April 14, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! You definitely got a surprise! Lol

  53. Denise Gruzensky
    April 14, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    My dog mom started reading and at first seemed melancholy (big word for a small dog) and she ended up laughing hysterically! Sounds like you had a memorable birthday! Happy belated birthday! Smiles, Barks & Wagging Tails,~Shasta & Denise

  54. Caren Gittleman
    April 14, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Oh this was PAWESOME!! and so funny! I once had a bird poop on me and was also told it was lucky. The day it happened I won $50……maybe if a dog pees on you, you will win $500? DakotasDen

  55. Tweedles -- that's me
    April 14, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Happy belated Birthday wishes!I love, love,, love this story,, and you told it perfectly!lovetweedles

  56. Inger
    April 14, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, belated of course. Not one to be soon forgotten. I bet Ruby thought: That's what she gets for dragging me to the beach.

  57. Siku Marie, White Dog
    April 15, 2016 / 3:19 am

    Can't think of a better way to christen a personal new year. When you have been blessed by a spirit dog (and northern breed dogs are revered as such in many of the far northern cultures) it seems that you have nothing ahead but shining moments. Ruby you are such a dear, we know Lake Michigan waves in April!

  58. Siku Marie, White Dog
    April 15, 2016 / 3:19 am

    Can't think of a better way to christen a personal new year. When you have been blessed by a spirit dog (and northern breed dogs are revered as such in many of the far northern cultures) it seems that you have nothing ahead but shining moments. Ruby you are such a dear, we know Lake Michigan waves in April!

  59. McGuffy Ann Morris
    April 15, 2016 / 3:37 am

    Happy birthday! What a sweet post.

  60. shortybear
    April 15, 2016 / 10:29 am

    sweet story.

  61. Groovy Goldendoodles
    April 18, 2016 / 1:02 am

    OMDoodle – I have no words 🙂 Happy Birthday – this will be a memorable one I'm sure.

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