Humphrey's 6th Birthday
Belated Barkday Posting
Humphrey’s 6th birthday was actually celebrated a few weeks ago, as shared with our furfriends on our Facebook and Instagram. Our blog was in the process of being prepped and transferred here to our new website (hope you like it!) and we were holding on new posts during the transition. There was no pause on the fun behind the scenes, though.
This was our first big family event since Oli passed away. It was a bit sad, but I didn’t want any of my sadness to tinge Humphrey’s happy celebrations and we celebrated large with cake, treats and toys despite the solo celebrations. It feels a bit strange to be baking for one, but there were no objections from Humphrey to having lots of sliced cake in the freezer for follow-on special little treats.
Banana Carrot and Beef Birthday Cake
Humphrey’s birthday cake was a hybrid muffin-style cupcake crossed with beefy meatloaf. I had a slightly different cake in mind, but as fate would have it, NZ increased its COVID alert levels again on the eve of baking day and crazy shoppers meant that I adjusted my baking plans. It was a great cake combo. Easy, excellent smells, baked beautifully, and doggone delicious according to Humphrey. I’ll share the recipe details in an upcoming post.
I had been planning to use mashed potato frosting, but switched to a yogurt frosting with coconut flour after the recipe change. I finished things off with some hemp heart sprinkles and six birthday candles for our handsome little lad. All grown up. I wonder what he was wishing for?
Tasty Birthday Treats
Our freezer was already well stocked with homemade treats, beef jerky, and other goodies, so we kept it simple this year with the cake and fresh batch of simple stock gummy dog treats. We always have a batch of gummies of some variety of hand in the fridge for easy healthy treats. And on the subject of old favourites, you’ll see that our original DIY reversible dog birthday bandanas were out once again for another special celebration. Our DIY customised Valentine’s day dog bandana got some reverse wear for the pizza party photos as well. I love the little Dali chef look of red gingham on Humphrey.
Pizza Party Squeaky Stuffed Dog Toys
Instead of a birthday-themed toy, like last year’s squeaky stuffed sprinkle cake “birthday bonenut” dog toys, I got a little crazy and made an entire pizza of separate squeaky slices. It had been a while since I made Humphrey a squeaky and I decided to go big. Humphrey was very excited.
The linen closet now has a stash of pizza slices ready for sharing over time. He’s still happily on slice one of his collection and going strong. I’ll share the DIY pizza slice dog toy details in a future post, but they’re based on our triangle toy shape and made with a base beige version of the super sturdy green fabric I’ve used for some of our past toys like our Halloween witch and Christmas elf. The stuffing and squeakers are all reclaimed and recycled materials from our DIY dog toy hospital. Pawesome!
Birthday Love and Wishes
Thank you for all of the love you’ve shared with both our boys since we started this blog, for being part of Humphrey’s world this past year. It’s been a hard one indeed, but every day together is a great day and every milestone is sometime to be celebrated. Thank you for the happy birthday wishes you’ve sent to Humphrey on our social media. Love and licks from our furfamily to yours!
Explore all of Humphrey’s 6th birthday celebration posts, recipes, DIYs, and more:
- Humphrey’s 6th Birthday Celebrations
- Banana Carrot and Beef Dog Birthday Cake
- DIY Squeaky Stuffed Pizza Slice Dog Toys
Looking for more celebration fun? Explore our milestone posts to grow up with the dogs and our blog over the years. You can also find all of our birthday-related content under the dog birthday party post category or explore the related topics below. Woofs!