So, I Threw My Dog a Birthday Party…

Remy, Sparkle & Ollie.
A very special thanks to Brian for squeaking the toys, waving the carrots and helping me wrangle these fuzzballs into sitting still(ish).

If you follow me on Instagram and happen to be a habitual story-watcher, chances are you’ve seen my fuzzdogs. Just add Crazy Dog Lady to my list of eccentricities. I won’t be mad about it. For those not in the know, I have a 2 year old Shih Tzu named Remington vonWigglebottom (not joking) and a now 13 years young Lhasa Apso named Sparkle. I don’t usually throw them birthday parties–I mean, I totally have before… just not always on consecutive years–but I figured my OG needed a big day for the big 1-3. Her actual birthday was May 1st, so I’m a little late. Better late than never!

We’re dog sitting right now, so we were able to include Ollie as well. I threw this together this morning, figuring Miss Sparkle needed some fun in her life. Looking at the pictures, it doesn’t exactly look like she had fun, but I’m sure she appreciated the effort.

PS You can find this happy birthday banner here, and those cute pom banners here and some similar mini party hats here!

13 years of sitting patiently while I take thousands of pictures. This dog is an angel, y’all.
Sparkle, you the real MVP.

If you’re interested in these pupcakes, I wrote down the recipe for y’all. Because our pups don’t eat much (if any) people food, I limited their intake today to just a few bites…sorry little friends. No tummy aches (or barfing on my floor) allowed today. And then they all got a few baby carrots as treats. Those dogs go nuts for carrots.

Makes about 4

1 c whole wheat flour
1 egg
1 t baking soda
1 c shredded carrot
1/4 c. PB2* (mixed with water) + ~1 c. to frost pupcakes
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 c water

Preheat to 350. Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. You don’t need to worry about mixing wet and dry separately…. they’ll turn out just fine. If the batter is too dry, add a bit more water until everything is wet. Bake for 20 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs. Let cool and “frost” with more mixed up PB2.

*PB2 is powdered peanuts that, when mixed with water, makes peanut butter. If you’re making this for your furbabies, make sure you’re using something like PB2 or a peanut butter that contains only peanuts. It’s much better for their tummies.

So, while I may be a little cuckoo about my fuzzy friends, there’s no denying they live good lives. Tell me, do you celebrate your dog’s birthdays? Have you ever thrown a party for them? Do you think I’m a little crazy? 😉

Behind the scenes, cajoling them with carrots. Ollie wandered off somewhere.

Jenna Danielle