Happy Birthday Bitsy Button!

Oh my sweet, sweet dog you’re turning 17 today.  Why, you’re a Libra just like me!  As I watched you run across the yard this morning I felt so proud to call you my dog.


Today we’ll celebrate your birthday with whipped cream and cake to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.   Happy Birthday old girl!

If you haven’t read about Bitsy yet you can find her story here.


Happy Birthday Bitsy!

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  • Faye - Happy Birthday to Bitsy. I read her story and it brought tears to my eyes. Pets are definitely devoted especially if you love them back. You are very fortunate.ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Happy Birthday to Bitsy from another Libra! Hope she got an extratreat for her birthday. I received my order from you yesterday just in time for my day. Thank you for your very fast shipping.ReplyCancel

  • Judy C in NC - Bitsy was so fortunate to find such a loving home – For her not to have come into your life would have been the greater lost to you both. Happy day for Bitsy. Judy C in NCReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - I have never met Bitsy in person but I love her like she is my own. I have been reading your blog for about 5 years and every time you show a picture of her, getting a little more gray each time, I look in her eyes and I just melt and tear up.

    So Happy Birthday, my sweet, sweet Bitsy! I love you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - Happy birthday to Bitsy! I have just started reading your blog, so had to follow the link to read Bitsy’s story. She is truly a treasure! I too have an old dog who is a wonder. Missi has been with us all of her 15 years. She’s a Cocker Spaniel, but we call her a Cocker Spanish Girl (a la Lady & the Tramp). She’s been through some tough times lately, but like the famous watch, she takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’! She is a sweetie and deserves every bit of spoiling I can share with her!ReplyCancel

  • Denise in PA - Happy Birthday Bitsy! I know she is so lucky to have you – but you are so lucky to have HER! Hugs to Bitsy!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen OGrady - What an awesome story! Sounds like a perfect match for everyone. Happy Birthday Bitsy! Dogs are so wonderful, I can’t imagine life without them.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - A very happy birthday Bitsy. You have found a place in many hearts!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Happy Birthday, Bitsy, you little miracle dog.
    Anne, although I knew her story, I had to go and read it again. It still brings tears, but a smile in the end. She was meant to be with you :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet - Happy Birthday, Bitsy! You are so blessed to have each other.ReplyCancel

  • Clara - Happy Birthday Bitsy!! You are so loved!!ReplyCancel

  • andrea - 19?! Wow, Anne! It must be all that love she has surrounding her. Happy Birthday, Bitsy!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Daniel - Wishing Bitsy a blessed birthday. Hugs and kisses to Bitsy and her precious mama, too. :DReplyCancel

  • Anne-Lise - Happy birthday, Bitsy girl. You are such a cutie!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Happy Birthday Bitsy! I believe that we find our hearts in those of our pets — I know it has been true in our home. Anne — so lucky that you found one other — you and your husband are very special folk — and the hearts are singing today!


  • Hildy - Happy birthday, Bitsy! Hope you get a big bone just for you today. HildyReplyCancel

  • Vicky - Happy Birthday, Bitsy Baby. You have brought such joy to all of us! Wishing you the best birthday ever!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Sharp - There is nothing quite as wonderful as a faithful pet. Congratulations on celebrating so many years together.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Oh my gosh Bitsy!!! Friskie and Sadie Jo said to send you the biggest birthday wish ever! So
    ” HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BITSY BUTTON ” … and by the way, both Friskie and Sadie also said to tell you that they wish they had a ‘Button’ just like yours. They think it is the cutest thing they have ever seen!!! Big birthday hugs…and give one to your mom too… :o)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Happy Birthday Bitsy!!! :) Hope you enjoy that cake and whipped cream. :)


  • sandy - Wow, what a wonderful story of how Bitsy came into your life. She was so lucky to find you and vise versa. Happy birthday to a wonderful little pet.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Bitsy is such a sweet dog. I reread her story and it still brings tears to my eyes. Thank goodness for big hearts and loving homes like yours! I’m sure she adds to your lives every bit as much as you have to hers. Did Chelsea find a new mouse toy to love like the one that was lost? Happy Birthday, Bitsy!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen in Oregon - Best Birthday wishes to Bitsey. I love how her story shows how rewarding it can be to make the decision to add a Senior pet to your home. I recently had 2 of my cats pass away and the remaining 19 yr. old cat who is also deaf is having a terrible time being without her companions. So..I am once again looking at all of the shelter cats and reading their stories. The hardest stories & pictures to look at are the great number of Seniors that are desparately in need of homes. I can’t imagine being taken from your home so late in life and having to live in a cage in a strange place. Many people think that a cat/dog who is 9 or ten is “too old” to adopt. With many cats and smaller dogs living longer lives these animals still have many years of love and companionship to give. Bitsey’s story perfectly illustrates that older pets make great companions. They may not be as cute as a kitten or puppy, but you will never find any pets who will so appreciate the love & home you can provide them in their senior years. I hope many readers will share Bitsey’s story and encourage others to consider adopting an older cat or Dog. I had a good laugh when I saw that Bitsey and I both love the same cookie. I hope she really enjoys her treats today.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Have the best birthday Bitsy. We ave an older dog she as just turned 13. She is a jack Russell called Jessie, she was the neighbors dog and used to gets to our backyard as a pup to ear our kelpies food. She just kept coming back till the neighbors asked if we wanted her ! Even though there was much yelling by my husband when she was a pup, she chewed everything in sight, she is now his third daughter, tender words are spoken to her by him and my companion during the day . Nothing gives you unconditional love like a dog.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Awww…sweet! Happy Birthday, Bitsy! My AbbyDog (a Jack Russell) turned 13 on Friday. You’d never know, though – she’s still very puppyish and loves her long walks on the river valley trails.ReplyCancel

  • ina - Happy birthday little one! ;pReplyCancel

  • Gwen Windham - Happy birthday, sweet Bitsy!! Mandy and Kolby send you lots of puppy-dog love! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Happy Birthday Bitsy!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Happy Birthday Bitsy from Bryn and Dolly! You have the most perfect love in your mom and she treasures you.ReplyCancel

  • Christie and Shellie - Happy,Happy Birthday dear Bitsy!
    Quilty Hugs from us both!
    Christie & ShelsReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - Awww, dear, sweet Bitsy. How precious!

    On Friday, I had to say goodbye to my precious little Elliot cat at only thirteen years old. Nineteen is quite an accomplishment and a blessing!

    Happy birthday, cutie!ReplyCancel

    • Flatlander (Linda) - So sorry for your loss, DeAnna …ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Happy Birthday Bitsy. I have a sweet tooth, tooReplyCancel

  • Zooperson - Happy birthday sweet Bitsy! Nineteen! That is awesome. I read your story and it sounds like both your mom and you got the best of gifts that came without ribbons or bows. How lucky for both of you to find each other. Enjoy that cake and whippet cream!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - Happy Birthday Bitsy… you make me smile…I can see the love in your big brown eyes as you are smiling at Mama, . You are so sweet just like your Mama. Hope Mama is not too stressed with Market fast approaching. I was thinking of her just the other day….sEw wanted to pick up the phone and just chat. Enjoy your birthday sweets…sweet Bitsy Button…Ü. hugs PaulineReplyCancel

  • Sunnybec - Happy Birthday Bitsy and here’s to many more. This story made me laugh and cry at the same time, we have just lost our old dog and yes, I truly do know how wonderful an old dog can be. Bitsy was definitely meant to be in your life – she was very lucky to have found you. Hugs LindaReplyCancel

  • Jo - I had already read this story, I read it today again … this dog is a miracle !!
    Happy Birthday cutie Bitsy Button !!!ReplyCancel

  • Patrice Rine - OK – Monday morning and I’m crying – I love Bitsy!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gale Lavers - Who wouldn’t LOVE that sweet face!! Happy Birthday sweet Bitsy!!!ReplyCancel

  • Libby - Happy Happy Birthday Bitsy ~ You are a sweetieReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - looking good bitsy! happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Grace - Awww, happy birthday, Bitsy! You are so sweet! I have a rescued toy rat terrier named Coco who after running around the neighborhood for days while our kind neighbors tried to catch her, came running into my arms at full speed one Saturday afternoon. Of course we tried to find her home, unsuccessfully, and were able to keep her. She is adorable-just like your Bitsy. Does she like to sleep under the blankets? Coco sleeps just like a cat, all curled up next to my legs under the covers. It is such a peaceful feeling-for both of us! :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie Zaloudek - I’m a little late, but Happy Birthday Bitsy!
    You’re a sweet little dog and your story touches meReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Oh Bitsy Button, we hope your birthday was your BEST ever!! What a darling, lovey girl you are, bringing such love and happiness to your mom and dad.

    Love and hugs from your kitty fans Maren, Spenser and Keith.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - 19 is amazing and awesome!!! Just exactly like Bitsy Button Sutton! Happy Birthday to the sweetest girl! Your family is truly blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Flatlander (Linda) - What a wonderful story. Happy birthday, Bitsy Button! My own Sadie Anne Zoe (I tell her she’s the A to Z of my universe) is a rescue “pup” (they think she’s about 8 years old) and since she has come into our lives the sun shines brighter. What a miracle she is each and every day and she gives more to us than we could EVER give to her.ReplyCancel

  • Sherrill - I had an old girl, too, years ago but she was with me from puppyhood. She lived to be 21! Bounced back from a stroke and finally had to be put to sleep she was in such pain from her cancer. I hope your little Bitsy (I LOVE that name) lives to be 25!! Mine was named Mimi and some mix of terrier, not a pretty dog but such a GREAT dog!ReplyCancel