My first real memory of Blaze, (because her birth is a blur now) is when she was about 2-3 weeks old. All the puppies would be settling down for a nap, getting all cozy with each other, and here would come Blaze pouncing on everyone with that baby bark, "Get up! Get up! She was hilarious. I still crack up when I think about it. I can't stop laughing about it now.
There was the time she jumped in the car when we went to visit her with her owners. She was ready to come home then. As it turned out about a week later was when they returned her to us. She was so spot on!
I spent several months sleeping on the bathroom floor with Blaze. She had been so hurt by her owners that she was a shell of herself. She wouldn't sleep next to me at first, but over time she would lay down by my feet. I remember how timid she was doing that, that I just held my breath when she did come on my blanket. Tiny amounts of trust started in that bathroom.
Blaze was so whip smart! After the trust was built, there was no stopping her. I was so intimidated by her intelligence. Those wheels were also turning! We were always trying to outsmart each other, but somehow it seemed Blaze was always on top. I especially noticed it when we were on our walks. That mind of her was always working on ways to pull me along. I threw my hands up many a time walking her that I would just turn around and go home. She was too much for me some days.
I'll never forget the time Blaze and I had a frustrating day together and I was at my wits end. It was my turn to sleep with her and I was trying to find a way for both of us to wind down for the night. (This was before Chance had come back) When I pulled out a tub of vanilla ice cream for us to share. Blaze loved it! She began to calm down and I began to come to. She was so in love with ice cream. That was the first time and it wasn't our last. But I was loving our girls night together. Blaze made everything she loved to do into the most exciting thing in the world. I loved that about her. Didn't matter what it was, if she was excited about it, she loved it!
Blaze was an amazing dog. A little of everything you want and don't want in a dog. Her spirit just vibrated with life, love and happiness. As it still does today. We were doubly blessed when she came back home and to have lived the life we did with her on Earth. And we can't wait for our heavenly reunion someday.
We miss you Sweet Pea. You will always be our Baby Girl.