Yesterday we celebrated Tex’s first birthday and I’ll admit, it was extravagant for a dog. Did I cross the line between impressive and obsessive? Probably yes. But was it worth it? Definitely yes.
If you’re already judging me for throwing my dog a birthday party, you may want to stop reading now. It gets
I knew that I wanted to make a birthday cake but after looking at recipes online, I only found ones that suggested sweet potatoes, bananas and other “dog-friendly” foods. Tex may be spoiled but we never give him human food and I didn’t want his celebratory cake to leave him feeling sick. Option two was wet dog food – but after reading the labels, I found that majority of the ingredients were “meat by-products.” To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what that means but it doesn’t sound too appealing.
I settled on making my own cake from scratch – using two ingredients I know are safe and tasty: chicken and peanut butter. With Cupcake Wars playing on the TV for inspiration, I crafted an organic chicken and all-natural peanut butter cake with peanut butter drizzle and dried dog food crumble.
A few weeks ago, I found customizable wrapping paper online and knew that I had to get it printed with puppy photos celebrating Tex’s first year. However, unlike a human birthday, I didn’t have to keep the presents hidden from him – so I kept them hidden from Clayton instead. I needed someone who would understand the effort I put forth to be apart of the surprise and delight.
Us humans kicked off the birthday celebration with mimosas and poor-man’s King Cake, aka cinnamon rolls in the shape of a circle with purple, gold and green colored frosting. It’s Mardi Gras season here and we’re celebrating while we can. If you missed (or forgot about) my recaps from last year’s festival season – check out the King Cake one here.
The birthday celebrations were a hit – after posing for a few pictures, Tex enjoyed a slice of his birthday cake. Yes, ONE SLICE. If you celebrate your birthday like the humans do, you eat your cake like the humans do. One slice at a time.
Per usual, Tex helped with the unwrapping of the gifts and absolutely loved his new toys — all of which are for “aggressive chewers,” please contact me to place any bets on how long they last. The usual lifetime is less than one day. For those that think Tex is super photogenic, you’re right. He is. But not every take is a winner – so enjoy this snap that made the gag reel this go-around. Happy birthday golden boy.