Happy Thirteen

Taylor hit lucky #13 today. When number 12 came around, Grace had come into our lives only six weeks prior. He was an old dog at twelve and miraculously, with her in our lives, his good days became better. He still has more moments than not when things are hard, but his moments when things are good are really, really good. Physically, he’s a shell of his former self, having lost a ton of muscle mass with virtually no strength in his back two legs having been robbed of it by severe arthritis. And yet, there is still this amazing spirit about him. This morning when I threw the ball back and forth, his instincts went on rewind and he was a playful puppy and young adult once again, chasing that tennis ball. I rewinded myself to our hikes in Sausalito when he would chase the ball up and down his favourite hills. And I think of the time he first came into my life permanently nine years ago.

From the moment I was elevated from uncle to father a month before his fourth birthday, he’s been everything to me. Whether it was hiking the Headlands, traveling throughout the country west to California, watching the Cubbies, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas, his battles with Audrey Hepburn, communing with the other side of life, or just being himself, these past nine years he has always been a friend of mine and our moments have been nothing short of epic.

At the end of the day, I could say Taylor’s name forever, and that would make me happy.

Taylor— you will always be a friend of mine and will always rule my world. And now our world has gotten graced and bigger by one.

Taking a trip down memory lane through previous birthdays posted on social media…


Stuti Christian-Puvathingal

Happy 13th Birthday to our monster Taylor! Love you so much ❤️❤️❤️#happybirthday #dogbirthday #bulldog #americanbulldog #dogdad#dogmom #dog #dogs #dogsofinstagram #birthdaydog #13 #stutichris


September 10, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Stuti Christian-Puvathingal is with Cecil J. Puvathingal

Happy Birthday to our monster Tay! For many years you have been a blessing for your dad and now mine too! We love you a lot! #12yearsold #dog #birthdayboy #animallovers #doglover #stutichris

September 10, 2018 at 8:19 AM

Cecil J. Puvathingal is in Chicago, Illinois

Happy Number 12 to this guy. Every day with Taylor has been and will always be a blessing. We celebrated with a cookie. #bestfriends #happybirthday #mansbestfriend #dogsofinstagram #americanbulldog #alwaysbeepic #secretofmysuccecil


September 10, 2017 at 10:33 AM Chicago, Illinois

Keeping watch over Gotham City… Happy 11th birthday to This Guy!!! We’ve been through a lot together these past seven years, and through it all, he has remained the most loyal of friends. Here’s to many more, Big Guy!

#birthdayboy #americanbulldog #bulldogs #mansbestfriend #GoAdventure #GoTravel #GoLive #AlwaysBeEpic #SecretOfMySucCecil @ the LEX


September 10, 2016 at 1:20 PM Sausalito, California

Taylor spending his tenth #birthday watching the #Cubbies play!! 

#AmericanBulldog #AlwaysBeEpic #dog #dogs #doglife #dogstagram #mansbestfriend #ChicagoCubs #cubs

September 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Today is our tenth birthday. The last time I saw my brother, we had to be separated. And the time before that, I bit his ear off; and he broke my tooth. And though it’s been almost a couple years since he said goodbye to this earthly plane, I think of him often. Especially on this day, our day. [922 more words]


September 10, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Happy birthday to the best guy on four legs I know. Taylor- you’re Robin to my Batman. I love you, big guy. RUFF RUFF!

September 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Today is my brother’s birthday. That means it’s my birthday too. Hi. My name is Taylor. My brother’s name is Lawrence. I am nine years old today. My brother would have been nine today too. And so it was, a little less than a month after our birthdays last year, my brother wrote this… My papa and I went on a long hike yesterday morning. [1086 more words]


September 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Happy Birthday to my best pal, Taylor, and his brother Lawrence!! As many of you know, my world revolves around this “little” rascal. Counter-clockwise from the collage below… Last night, he fell asleep on my shoes (but didn’t eat them). This morning, I found him asleep, showing off his manhood. Then found some extra big Scooby snacks in his dog bowl, chewing his favourite one on our carpet, then having a walk thru Pet Cemetery amongst the cats. It was a good morning for him. He’s gonna miss not being with his original dad – PapaG, my brother George – in Chicago this week, but sends his love from the left coast to him and Kathleen Asuncion and the rest of the fam.


September 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Taylor wanted to remind everyone to wish him and Lawrence a happy birthday before going to bed tonight. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYRR & LAW-DAWG!! Taylor – it’s been a great two years! Here’s to many, many more of the same…


September 10, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Today is Taylor’s birthday! Happy 4th Taylor!!! Bow-wow-yippie-yo yippie-yea… ruff!

Taylor & I enjoying a respite from the traffic from the office to home in Sausalito by taking in the Golden Gate on one side and Fort Mason on the other.

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