Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Suki!

Saturday, May 5th has many meanings in 2012. Of course it is always Cinco de Mayo, and this year it also happens to be Kentucky Derby day. For me, May 5th has one outstanding sentiment. It is Suki's birthday. The big girl turns 12 this year, and I am reminded about how close I came to losing her. When I look into those intelligent brown eyes I see the spark and light that never left, in spite of her terrifying experience and near fatal injuries from the fire. Suki continues to enjoy life as she gallops across the field, shows off her lovely extended trot and demands treats with the attitude of an entitled diva.

Today I gave Suki special treats, and many hugs in addition to our usual routine. I am reminded of how precious life is. Although Suki was against wearing a birthday hat....I think that she knew today was her day. My arms wrapped around her neck, I breathed in that wonderful horse aroma....

I am completely overwhelmed by the response on Facebook....hundreds of comments and birthday wishes. Suki continues to touch the lives of so many people, and it warms my heart to know that she can help inspire and encourage people to overcome and push on. I am grateful to everyone who has come into our lives since that tragic day. Life is what we make of it. We are all handed a variety of circumstances and must make the most of what life sends our way.

Today I volunteered for therapeutic riding again. A young man who was terrified during his evaluation, and nervous during his first lesson, SMILED today while riding in his second lesson. Horses....isn't it amazing what they can do for us?


  1. *H*A*P*P*Y ~~~ *BI*R*T*H*D*A*Y ~~~ SUKI

  2. HAPPY BURFDAY!!!!!!!! youz are soz bootiful!!!

  3. Happy birthday Suki! I am so thrilled to see you able to wear a halter comfortably, & that little smile on your face in your header headshot :)

  4. I am sorry I am a day late - I hope that your birthday was special. Happy Birthday from my entire family.

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  6. Suki is quite special, and her story is so inspirational. I hope her birthday was as marvelous as she is! :)

    1. Thank you Christina! She definately keeps me on my toes!