An Open Letter To Trayse On National Dog Day

Dear Trayse,

When I first met you, I thought you were bizarre, but, after walking you to the park, I knew our hearts were on par.


Our first selfie.

Jeni, Jake, and Trayse. Together, we are a little family.


Your are our dog baby. We wish we could claim you as a dependent, but U.S. Law says this can not be.

You keep watch over our living spaces with pride and protect us from squirrels and bunnies who run away and try to hide.

Trayse out front watch

We notice how you try to help us with household projects and blog posts. Obviously, you can’t actually help us put together furniture or bake cookies since you are a canine, but your efforts are never asinine.


You keep us accountable for getting lots of exercise and together we absorb vitamin D sunbathing on the sidewalk or curling up in the grass underneath a tree.


Jeni and Trayse

Life’s changed a lot within the past two years and we’ve moved two times. From Minnesota to Iowa to Missouri, you’ve handled it in stride.


Moving day in Mason City.

It’s true that you stole Jake’s grilled cheese sandwich that one day and make all of our blankets and pillows smell weird.


Trayse pillow

But you make us laugh each day with your silly ways and are very much revered.


We’ll be there to comfort you again, should we ever live in a city that’s eligible to host one of those weeklong, house-shaking at 2 a.m. PGI Firework Conventions that makes you shudder and puke.


We’ll protect you from the thunderstorms, keep your feet warm on winter walks, and let you mangle our winter hats, because that’s just what we do.


Life’s not easier or more convenient now that you’re in our life, but it’s all for the best.

Trayse couch hot

Life’s much happier with dog, more than we could have ever guessed.




  1. Sandra

    It looks like both dog and human are equally blessed! 🙂

    Thanks so much for such a lovely post.

    • Jeni

      I think you got that right on:)

  2. Beth Ann Chiles

    <3 I love this. Ode to Trayse may be one of my favorite posts on JeniEats. Pets are definitely one of the best things in life. Thanks for sharing Trayse with us.

    • Jeni

      Trayse loves you too! I’m so excited about your cat reunion.

  3. Katy

    So cute! It’s amazing how much dogs add to our lives!

    • Jeni

      It is! They are such a big part, and I know you know this as a dog mom too.

  4. Donna Hup

    Awww, this is so sweet! Auntie Donna send her love to Trayse on National Dog Day too! xo

    • Jeni

      Well, Trayse sends his love. You are one of the only people he didn’t bark at right away.

  5. Alicia

    This is adorable! He truly is a one of a kind dog! I hope he’s enjoying the big city!

  6. Craig

    Well said. We love food, share a home with two Weimaraners “velcro dogs” and live in the Clayton area as well. Welcome to St. Louis. Try Momo’s on north & south road and Winslow’s Home on Delmar. Both laid back, very dog friendly and good food.

    And love the line about the blankets smelling weird. Truer words have never been written..

    • Jeni

      Thank you Craig! We appreciate your recommendation to visit Momo’s. Sending our best to you and your Weimeraners.

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