From the very beginning, Winn has loved to rummage around and bring me things. She proudly shows off her treasures and while it’s tricky, I’ve tried to get a picture whenever possible.
What could be a better way to celebrate her growth over the past year than to take a look at her answers to my constant question “what’s in your mouth”?
She quickly discovered that the recycling bin held all kinds of fun items from containers:
She loves to chew on the food and water bowls and string them around the house. I’m trying to train her to round them up and bring them to me so that I can fill them. That isn’t going so well.
She likes to bring me socks:
and random s**t she finds around the house:
My all time favorite was when she snuck upstairs, busted into the guest room, broke into the closet and pulled my sewing basket off the shelf. She rummaged through all of the spilled contents until she found the perfect item and ran downstairs and posed by the treat cabinet ready to make an exchange. There was a long trail of ribbon behind her as she proudly waited for me.Last but not least, day 364, yesterday. She chewed on a huge box that I set outside to and then tried to hide the evidence in her jowl when I opened the door.She’s a character and has brought an unlimited amount of joy to our family. Happy Birthday baby Winn, you are getting to be such a big girl but you are still such puppy at heart! Can I still call you my puppy and tiny baby now that your are one year old?
Wow! Another year has gone by and we are celebrating Annie’s birthday. This birthday is a big deal, she’s 11 and is still in really good health. Last year before her party, we had just come from the vet. She had her stitches removed from the removal of a cancerous lump as well as an EKG to evaluate an irregular heartbeat that appeared while she was in surgery. Not only did she have a clear pathology report, her heart rate was normal which was a huge relief.
Since then, she has had a couple of ear infections but nothing else major and she continues to let her personality shine. She has also responded so well to Winn. She’s actually more lively and playful with Winn around, and she seems so happy.
We invited one of the neighbor dogs to join us, I baked pup cakes using the same recipe I used last year for her cake, got pictures of everyone in party hats and had a very fun party with lots of laughs.
It’s no surprise, Winn was not a fan of the party wear.
She was excited about the pup cakes, but then saw Maisie’s hat, snatched it off her head and played keep away.
Annie LOVED her treats and kept coming back for more. She even started pawing at the plate in an effort to bring them closer so she could grab them!
Our guest wasn’t sure what to think about it all, but she seemed to have a good time and got a pup cake to take home and enjoy without being stared at by other dogs.
Last year we celebrated Annie’s birthday for the first time and I wanted to do it in a memorable way. I was planning on going to our local dog bakery for a cake but then decided to bake it myself, after all, I had made the majority of the birthday cakes for everyone in my family so making one for Annie should be pretty simple. I looked at several recipes and settled on this one from Allrecipes.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter, stay away from anything with Xylitol as it is toxic for dogs. It is used as a sweetener in gum, peanut butter and toothpaste)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 6 cup ring mold, bundt pan or cupcake pan.
- Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or 15-20 minutes for cupcakes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
This year I decided to make pupcakes with the same recipe and they turned out beautifully!