Happy birthday, Arden!


Today is Arden's fourth birthday! In honor of the occasion, she asked that I share some of her impressive stats and fun trivia with you:

Arden Lily Jensen

Arden Lily, Ardentina (as in "Don't cry for me, Ardentina"), Ardenza (rhymes with "credenza"), Bug, Lady, Lil, Missy, Muffin, Muppet, My Boo, Nugget, Snugglebunny, Stinkerbell, Stinkerella

Astrological sign and dominant traits
Capricorn: can be hard-working and obedient but also stubborn when she wants something

Commands learned
10: Sit, lay down, stay, come here, shake, crate, get down, go to bed, up, kisses

Larger, hairier dogs who are dominant

Knocking, door buzzers, chatter in the stairwell, poorly behaved children

Secret shame
Consistently sneaks in and eats cat food

Favorite treats
Rawhide chews with Omega-3 for sensitive skin, any kind of biscuit treat

Great accomplishment last year
Losing 6 pounds! Good job, lady.

And now, a trip down memory lane:

Arden 7
Her first day at home (7 weeks)

After she learned to climb the stairs on her own.

Cozied up during a chilly Arizona winter!

Hanging out at home with dad.

Showing off her Christmas parka and Pablo, her fake boyfriend until she chewed open his flank.

Her first "glamour shot" (vaseline on the lens)

Awww...who can go to work after seeing a face like that?

Lounging in the summer sun at Grandma and Papa's house while dad's out of town.

Still as "Offred" from her one-woman production of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Dressed for dinner the only time she's been able to fly back to Phoenix to see Grandma and Papa.

In DC with her new stepsister Kitty.

Happy birthday, beautiful!


  1. Happy Birthday Arden! Emily received a FurReal doggie for christmas and I just now realized that it looks just like Arden.

  2. So sweet! Happy Birthday, Arden!

  3. omg. this is one of my fave posts of yours EVAR. All of the pics are so flipping cute, but the one as Offred made me cackle like a madwoman. I love your brain and your sweet doggie! Villanelle says, "gruff ruff ruff yip!" Which translates to "Happy birthday, Arden!"

  4. Ahhh look at her! Too cute. I'm a cat person, but Miss Arden makes me want a dog (I like pugs). You're a better parent than me though. I know my cat Mecca's b-day is July 4th, but I don't know when my cat Blu was born. I'm a horrible mother I know. Maybe I'll just make up a day for Blu. :)

    And that last pic with the kitten is so cute!

    Ooh and I love the name Arden...for a person, should I ever have kids. lol

    Happy Birthday Arden!


  5. Happy birthday, beautiful Arden.