Christmas was, as always, tons of riptastic fun. It sad this year celebrating our first Christmas without sweet Oli, but there were also happy memories of past holidays. Oli’s stocking and Tiger’s little cat stocking were placed with love under our tree along with their photos. After our traditional Christmas morning walk in festive attire, Humphrey got to enjoy plenty of wrapping ripping (and presents, of course). Here’s a holiday snap of the handsome little elf ready for ripmas action!
Starting the New Year
Humphrey toasted the end of 2020 (and what a crazy year it’s been) with a celebratory mocktail inspired by Oli’s lockdown birthday dog-friendly quarantini. Because why not? Quick, simple, creative, and fun. And it’s an extra special treat for Humphrey, too. As per our New Year’s Instagram post, perhaps we need to create a whole menu of doggy drinks and recipe ideas. What do you think? Give us your best punny dog mocktail name suggestions. Pupsecco? Barktini? Cosmopawlitan? Barkarita?
Humphrey’s New Year’s dog-friendly tipple was made with diluted chicken stock. I used homemade unseasoned and unsalted stock, which is really just poaching liquid saved from making his homecooked breakfasts. The drink was embellished with sliced cucumber (crazy Humphrey loves cucumber…), a few cranberries, and a fresh celery stalk from the veggie garden. The gelatin gummy star garnish was, of course, Humphrey’s first target. The celery stir stick was primarily for looks and (not surprisingly) unceremoniously rejected. Haha! Humphrey suggests a jerky stick next time around…
Looking Ahead to 2021
It’s been mixed start to the year here in our part of New Zealand, but we’re making the most of it. Every day is a great day for adventure! We’re fortunate here in New Zealand at the moment to be able to travel locally, so we’re looking forward to discovering some fun new dog-friendly places together. Contemplating your own resolutions and plans for 2021? Check out our archived post on New Year’s resolutions for better living with dogs for ideas on giving your dog a happier and healthier life. Our post on isolation and lockdown life with pets is also available for anyone who may need it.
Behind the Scenes with Dalmatian DIY
Creative Life and Posting Prep
Although the blog has been on holiday, life continues as usual behind the scenes with plenty of tasty treats and creative projects. Humphrey’s maturity means that toys often last a lot longer than when he was a wild young pup. Being a one dog house means that batches of treats last a lot longer, too. But never fear. There’s still plenty of creative fun in our upcoming posting plans. Stay tuned!
With Gratitude and Thanks to Our Readers and Friends
I’ve included some happy, sad, fun, silly, posed, candid, blog, and personal photos from our 2020 in the collage below. We look forward to sharing our posts and our lives behind the scenes with you again this year. Thanks for being a part of our blog dog world and for the love you’ve shared with me and our boys, especially in the very hard days last year when we said goodbye to Oli.
Wishing You a Safe and Happy 2021
2020 has definitely been a strange year, and no doubt 2021 will continue to be challenging as well. Hopefully, there are better days ahead. Take care, stay safe, and be well, friends. I hope that 2021 brings good things to you and those you love, whether near or far, together or virtually. XOXO.