Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Friday, 20 September 2019
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Homemade Birthday and Special Occasion Dog Cakes

Our current FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series is all about treats. We'll be diving into homemade cookie/biscuit dog treats when the mini-series resumes next week, but first we're talking cakes and pupcakes. Yum!

Homemade meatloaf dog birthday layer cake with mashed potato frosting and candles (number 11)

Friday, 23 August 2019
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{RECIPE} Beef and Carrot Meatball Puppy Party Snacks

Homemade meatball dog treats on a birthday party buffet table

I have a tendency to go a bit (just a wee little bit...) overboard on birthdays. Haha! My package of beef was bigger than needed for the turf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake and I already had pre-cooked ground beef on hand in the freezer so in an effort to be slightly practical, I baked dog-friendly meatballs with the extra beef instead.  Meatballs are quick to make, easy to handle/serve, freezer friendly, and can be defrosted as individual extra special treats or used to top/crumble onto food. Since carrots are Humphrey's favourite veggie, I included some grated carrot in his birthday meatball mix.

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{RECIPE} Fish Bone Dog Treats (Made with Fresh Fish)

Homemade bone shaped dog treats and party hats at dog birthday party.

When I make fish treats, I usually use a water-packed tinned fish for dough and fresh fish for special treats like jerky, but since I already had a fishy food processor to clean and more fish than was needed for the surf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake, I decided to experiment. When I use meat/fish in baked treats, it's also usually already in ready to serve form, whether tinned or precooked and chopped, so I adjusted my baking methods somewhat for these treats to cook a little longer and slower than my usual quick bake and (optional) dehydrate. 

Thursday, 22 August 2019
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DIY Squeaky Sprinkle Cake "Birthday Bonenut" Bone Dog Toys

Stuffed dog toys shaped like bones with birthday cake icing and sprinkles.

Humphrey loves his squeakies and it has been a while since I made a new stuffed toy for his toy stash, so for his birthday I made two new little softies shaped like bone birthday cakes with rainbow sprinkles. They were nicknamed "bonenuts" for looking like sprinkle donuts in bone shape. Hehehe... They're a cross between Humphrey's old "Love Bone" DIY squeaky dog toy  and his monogram "H" DIY sprinkle donut dog toy, and he was a very happy little birthday boy with new toys.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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DIY Personalised Dog Party (or Anytime!) Bandanas

Dalmatian dogs wearing personalised birthday party bandanas

Oh those faces! I love these two cuties to bits, but like most siblings, they are suitably unimpressed when Mom dresses then in matching outfits for a posed photo. Haha! I refer to them as milestone mugshots. Our boys still have their reversible birthday dog bandanas (love these!), but I made new any-occasion personalised bandanas and created an extra for Humphrey's new little (no longer so little) bestie, puppy pal Cooper.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019
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{RECIPE} Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake with Potato Frosting

Homemade dog birthday cake with frosting, sprinkles, and candles.

The dogs were beyond excited with all of the smells whilst this birthday cake was being prepared, but be forewarned that you may want to have the windows open, weather permitting! Haha! And don't get me started on the fridge after I made the error of popping the finished cake uncovered into the fridge temporarily. 

Monday, 19 August 2019
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Humphrey's 5th Birthday

Cute dalmatian dog wearing birthday party bandana.

Our cheeky little weasel is a big boy of 5! Time goes so quickly. Our Facebook furfriends and Instagram pawpals got a sneak peak at Humphrey's barkday in last week's posts, and here are some photos from his birthday with the family and then extra barkday fun the following day with his bestie, puppy playmate super dooper Cooper. Here's all the details on our celebrations, with full recipes and DIYs to follow through the week.

Monday, 29 April 2019
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Oli's 13th Birthday (Plus Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake!)

Elderly Dalmatian dog wearing a "Happy Birthday" bandana

Wowzas! Our beautiful boy is 13!  Thanks for all the social media love and birthday wishes you've shared with Oli for his birthday. We're always grateful to celebrate another milestone together, but after Oli's medical emergency last year and Tiger's recent passing, we've been feeling extra mindful and thankful this time around.  Now that our little blogging breaktime for Easter celebrations and ANZAC Day commemorations is past, we're back with photos from Oli's barkday and the details on our latest crazy cake: a doggone droolworthy surf'n'turf layer cake!
Monday, 3 September 2018
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Free Printable Pet Birthday Dog and Cat Tags and Labels

Birthday treat and gift tags for cats and dogs

By special order of Sir Tiger, our cat brother birthday purrthday boy, we've added some birthday tags to our collection of pawesome printables made especially for cats.  I know! CATS! And we've shared them here on our dog blog! Feel the love, cat friends! Of course, the dogs demanded that there be a matching barkday set so we're sharing a double dose of birthday freebies. Woohoo!

Monday, 20 August 2018
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Humphrey's 4th Birthday + Layered Lambcake Recipe

Meatloaf dog birthday cake with potato frosting, cranberry decorations, and candles

Woohoo!  Handsome Humphrey is four and all grown up. Where does the time go?  Did you see the impatient posers in my latest "milestone mugshot" snap?  Oh those rascals!  Sigh. Our Facebook furfriends and Instagram pawpals got a sneak peak at Humphrey's 4th barkday in last week's posts as we we took a month offline here on the blog to focus on recovery following Oli's health scare. And now, thankfully the whole furfamily is still together and we're back on the blog. And we have CAKE!
Friday, 27 April 2018
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Tasty Adaptations of Favourite Treat Recipes for Oli's Birthday

Dalmatian dog begging for a turmeric gelatin gummy treat shaped like a paw

The final post of Oli's barkday week bonanza of golden goodies!  In addition to the birthday cake and special birthday treats shared throughout the week, we also had some adaptations on go-to treats and favourites on the birthday buffet menu. Here's the scoop on our Turmeric Gummies with Coconut Milk, Lamb and Carrot Meatballs, and Turmeric Coconut Oil Hearts. 

Thursday, 26 April 2018
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{RECIPE} Golden Oldie Birthday Bone Stamped Dog Treats

Bone shaped homemade dog treats stamped with party words

Oli's Golden Oldie 12th birthday treats all had a gloriously golden theme, but the busy baking kitchen still needed to smell moderately acceptable (unfortunately) to humans who might be sprung upon us at short notice for property viewings.  For these stamped birthday treats, I adapted our favourite basic roll-and-cut peanut butter dough recipe to smell even better (although the basic recipe smells pretty great as is) and look glorious golden.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin + Peanut Butter Cake with Yogurt Frosting

Dog party buffet table with birthday cake and treats

It's not really a birthday party without a cake, is it? In the words of Julia Child, "a party without cake is just a meeting." and while we do enjoy meetings with doggone delicious snacks, barkday parties with dog-friendly cakes are far superior. :)  Our dog birthday cakes are usually meatloaf-style creations, but for Oli's barkday pawty this year I decided to make meatballs as a side and bake a "real" cake instead.

Monday, 23 April 2018
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Oli's 12th Birthday Sneak Peek

Dalmatian dog looking at bone shaped treats stamped with "Oliver" "Twelve" "Barkday"

The big 1-2!  Thanks for all the social media love and birthday wishes you've shared with Oli in celebration of his birthday last week. Oli's pawty this year had a golden oldie theme, with all of the tasty treats in hues of all natural golden yellow and orange. Come and take a peek at all the yummy golden goodies!

Monday, 11 September 2017
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Humphrey's (Belated) Third Birthday Sneak Peek

Dalmatian dog wearing a green party hat and birthday banana

Humphrey's 3rd birthday - can you believe that my baby is three? Happy (belated) birthday, Humphrey!  We love reading your birthday wishes, so please say hello in the comments or pop by our social media. :)  Humphrey's real birthday was during our blog break, but he still needed a special celebration and here's a peek at his barkday bash.  Woofs!

Monday, 24 April 2017
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Homemade "Unicorn Bone" Rainbow Marbled Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats marbled in rainbow colours (unicorn bones)

These pretty rainbow marbled "Unicorn Bone" treats were made for Oli's 11th Barkday Pawty last week. They are deceptively simple to make (and doggone delicious, too!). I promise that no actual unicorns were harmed in the course of our festivities...heheh... Don't let the colours deceive you - these are almost all natural thanks to some tasty healthy add-ins with just a teensy bit of blue food colouring (skip the blue if you'd like them completely natural). Here's how they were made:

Thursday, 20 April 2017
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{RECIPE} Layered Pumpkin and Beef Dog Birthday Cake


Homemade layered meatloaf dog birthday cake with number 11 birthday candles

Mmmm...cake!  It's not a real party until there's cake!  Our beautiful boy Oli turned 11 this week, and we (of course!) had to celebrate...and that meant there HAD to be a doggone delicious barkday cake!