Weighing in at a massive 5 pounds, Simon brings so much joy to my life that I cannot believe I got by without him.
When I first got Simon, on Christmas day 2007, he didn't even weigh a pound but he could make some massive noise. He was a gift from my dear friend Dennis and had a big white bow tied around his adorable little midsection. When he came walking toward me, I was in shock. How could I ever keep something that tiny alive?
We had to take him to the vet in order to clear him to fly home. The vet warned me not to take him outside until he weighed at least 3 pounds because NY streets can be dangerous and covered in germs. He spent the entire plane ride from Savannah to NYC perched on his brother's head in the carrier. I loved him instantly but also knew that he was going to be VERY different from his brother Teddy. Where Teddy was light, Simon was dark. Where Teddy is quiet, Simon is LOUD. Where Teddy is mellow and relaxed, Simon is HYPER.
When it came time for Simon's first bath I was nervous. He was so very very tiny and I didn't want to sting his eyes or dry out his puppy skin. I had noticed that Lush sometimes has dog washing parties so I asked them for a mild soap recommendation. I was told that Honey, I Washed the Kids would be the perfect option. Scented of honey and caramel, it seemed perfect for my little boy.
So we gave a bath a whirl. Simon loved it. He licked at the soap and it didn't seem to even bother him. He played with the bubbles. I only dropped him under the water once and he came out soft, clean and smelling amazing. To this day, I only wash Simon with this soap. He loves it. I love it and it's perfect. In fact, at my house, we call it "Honey, I Washed Me Simon."
Happy birthday Simon. I hope we spend many toffee scented years together. Mommy is on her way home.