Miss Lee Celebrates Her 11th Year

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Today we’re celebrating sweet Miss Harper Lee’s 11th birthday. Seven years ago (with a little help from her human mommy/blogging assistant), Harper Lee posted her first ever birthday blog. More birthday blogs followed in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Life got busy, as it sometimes does, and Harper Lee’s blogging assistant failed to share our celebration of Miss Lee’s 10th birthday in 2019. Rest assured, we had a fabulous time . . . including a weekend in the New Orleans French Quarter complete with a stay at the Ritz Carlton, where Miss Lee was quite the sensation.

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While most ladies of a certain age might choose to slow down a bit, Harper Lee hit the road to her 11th birthday with a busy Visiting Pet Program (VPP) assisted therapy dog schedule. As a member of the MSY K9 KREWE, she brought smiles to travelers, employees, and flight crews at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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Through VPP’s Reading to Rover program, Harper Lee helped children at a local library learn to love books and reading and Golden Retrievers.

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And once a month she shared her love with residents and staff at an area nursing home and patients, families, and staff at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. In June 2019, Harper Lee earned her AKC Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen titles and officially became Denham’s Harper Lee THD CGC.

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Miss Lee even made an appearance on the Smoothie King Center big screen (lower right) before a New Orleans Pelicans basketball game. It was a busy year for our girl, so on December 31, 2019, she officially retired from therapy dog life. She’s spent the last few months enjoying her Golden years with leisurely neighborhood strolls, long naps on the lovely bed that the airport gave her as a retirement gift, and basically doing what she wants to so when she wants to do it.

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With all of the ups, Harper Lee’s road to her 11th birthday also came with a few bumps. She’s battled some skin allergies and, much to her disgust, has had to endure fairly routine baths. On the bright side, she now gets to eat alligator kibble. Miss Lee highly recommends alligator kibble. She’s also had some pretty challenging UTI and bladder issues, but a battery of tests at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine indicates that little Miss Harper Lee is, overall, in fairly tremendous shape.

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So today we celebrate the past 11 years of life with Harper Lee and we set out on the road to her 12th birthday celebration. The events around the world over the last few months have reinforced one certainty: Nothing is ever certain. We’ll cherish each and every moment along the way, and we will be forever grateful to all of you for joining.

Miss Harper Lee’s Family


14 Comments on “Miss Lee Celebrates Her 11th Year”

  1. Kim B. says:

    Happy birthday Miss Harper Lee! I was thinking about her a few days ago and hoping all was well. So happy that she is healthy!

  2. M. K. Clinton says:

    Happy birthday Beautiful! We miss y’all

  3. lablover848 says:

    Happy Birthday ❤

  4. As always, the Fabulous Miss Harper Lee is the epitome of high fashion.
    The Red Man ahd Miss Lee were great blogging buddies for many years, and all of us send our warmest greetings to Miss Lee on her 11th birthday – may she continue to SHINE.
    Love and hugs, Slow, Pretty, Spike and Charly

  5. Happy Birthday to the most awesome Golden lady ever !! You are truly an inspiration . Lots of love to your wonderful family . Stay safe . Hugs ❤️🐕🐕😘

  6. We love sharing Miss HL’s journey. Happy Birthday, sweetie. I’ve heard 11 is the new 6. Enjoy every minute. Paws crossed that life returns to (the new) normal real soon for all of us.

    Love and licks,

  7. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BURTHDAY MISS HARPER LEE! I am so happy to read abouts your adventures, and spreading the love! You are a true treasure my furiend! us 11yr olds, gotta stick togethers, right? BOL! I hopes you and your peeps stay safe, and keep those paws washed! BOL!
    Ruby ♥

  8. Happy 11th Birthday Miss HL. Wishing you many more pawsome adventures ahead

  9. Happy 11th Birthday Miss HL. Wishing you many more pawsome times ahead

  10. Happy birthday sweet girl. You’ve sure had an amazing career and accomplished so much. Congratulations…and many more. 🦴

  11. Happy belated Birthday Miss Lee.

  12. Happy BD MHL! it’s been a while; not sure when or how I became unsubscribed to your wonderful blog. BTW my Golden Kali will be 11 in less than two months. I hope you and your humans are doing well!

  13. Marty the Manx says:

    Hello all! Good to see Miss Harper Lee’s beautiful smile 😊 hope all is still well with you all.
    Marty and the Gang

  14. HB MHL! Many more please…..

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