My name is Maggie and I am the mother of our three Golden Retrievers Henry, Albert and most recently, Beatrice. Alex and I moved from Manhattan to San Francisco in the summer of 2009 when Alex began working for his family’s business. Early in 2010 Alex proposed to me, resulting in a very excited and happy me!
On September 18th, 2010 Alex and I were married in Lake Placid, New York where we celebrated with a small group of family and friends (and Hen & Al) in an intimate setting on the lake. The day after we were married we left, fully exhausted for a two week honeymoon where we went on amazing safari’s and relaxed on the most serene beach we’d ever seen…it was paradise for sure!
Today, back in San Francisco life has more or less gone back to the way it was before we got engaged, except for one little furry detail, Beatrice. Beatrice, or Bea was an early wedding gift we were given this summer and she is the sweetest, most loving, energetic, mischievous little golden ever! We love her with all of our hearts…. most of the time.
For Alex, Henry and Albert kind of came with the “Maggie package.” I should have known we’d end up married the moment I brought two wet goldens into Alex’s apartment for the first time. They shook wet fur and wiped their wet bodies against his clean white walls, slapping their tails happily and jumping on his once stain free cream sofa, he just smiled. When he asked me to move in a few weeks later and adjusted to life with hair on his suits, his clean car now dog friendly, stains on his Persian carpets and paw prints on the Prataesi sheets, still with a smile on his face asking if I wanted champagne, I knew he was the man for me, and for the dogs.
The move to San Francisco was a welcome change for Hen and Al, and Beatrice seems to think it suits her just fine as well. They love spending time in Napa where they frolic through the vineyards (Hen prefers Opus while Al & Bea like Mondavi) visiting Grandma in Tiburon is a favorite and they do their best to go boating as often as possible. In the Bay, Albert tries to make friends with the seals on a weekly basis but, it doesn’t seem to be working. In general they just find the streets cleaner, dogs groomed better and air quality nicer. This is not to say they won’t be visiting NYC anytime soon.
Beatrice definitely shook up our life once things had a chance to settle down after the wedding, honeymoon and hype of being newly married. It took Hen and Al a good four months to be able to look her in the eyes and let her walk past without growling at her. I think they finally forgive us for disrupting their happy life with this creature. Bea is a very happy little girl, on her good days. I like to call her “sweetbea,” like sweetpea if you missed that. She chews her bone at my feet when I’m making dinner or am on the computer, she tears the car gate off while we’re driving so she can sit on my lap, and she howls if we leave her downstairs at night. Now Beatrice does have her faults, she’s not always so sweet. It took us months to wean her off of eating her poop, she loves eating cords, shoes, blackberrys, boxes, carpets, basically anything in front of her and when she feels like she’ not getting enough attention she pees, wherever she may be standing.
Bea is kind of a symbol for us in this new chapter of our lives. We are excited to be married and to start a family while focusing on work, family, our social lives and planning for the future. She is loving, excitable, hungry, growing, not perfect, full of surprises, and happy, jut like us, which makes her the perfect addition.
As long as all goes as planned and she has a long happy and healthy life, Beatrice will be by our sides as our family grows and develops, chewing her way through the years.