Julie Anne Rhodes, sister Patty, friend Shari, and the pups

Daisy the Dinner Thief has redeemed herself big time. She has been glued to my side, overseeing my recovery ever since I got home from the hospital. Her favorite part of course are the walks, but she is very good at snuggling up to me in bed, while never taking her big brown, concerned eyes off of me when I’m not feeling so good.

Three Dog Bakery goodies for dogs
I’d normally bake her a doggie birthday cake (peanut butter is her favorite flavor), but wasn’t quite up to it this year, so I sent a starving guinea pig #1 to the Three Dog Bakery in the Farmers Market in search of a birthday pupcake for my little darling… having been assured they use nothing but human grade ingredients in their doggie baked goods.

Not quite sure about the birthday apparel until…
There are plenty of doggie cake mixes available on the Internet, and baked goods in places like Three Dog Bakery in most major cities. “Just let your fingers do the walking.”
… Definitely vibing on the pupcake part!
If you do decide to go with homemade you can use a human birthday cake recipe… making sure to omit any sugar or chocolate (which is poisonous for dogs), using whole wheat flour rather than bleached, substituting water or yogurt in place of milk in a recipe (most dairy products can upset their tummies), and cut back on the salt.
Mmmmmmm “thanks Mom”
You can always substitute carob for the chocolate, or banana, carrot, and peanut butter are also great flavor choices.
The happy birthday girl
I’ve seen bone shaped pans available at Sur La Tables and some pet supply stores, but I prefer making mini-pupcakes unless you have a huge Great Dane. Just as with people… cake should be a treat, not the main course!

Julie Anne Rhodes with Daisy on her 2ND birthday
I also found this cool website that sells dog safe fondants for your homemade cakes and gives you many free recipes to try. Check out http://www.party-photo-favors.com/dog_birthday_cake_recipes.htm

P.S. As I posted this there was an adorable 3 year old missing little girl found alive and well in Arizona with her dog who never left her side. She most likely survived the near freezing temperatures overnight due to her dog keeping her warm as well as safe.
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  • February 21, 2010
    11:57 pm

    Aw, what a sweetie! :)I'm glad to hear you are recovering so well; I read and enjoy your blog immensely; the stories, the recipes and the photos.Alicia

  • February 22, 2010
    12:16 am

    Hi Julie Anne,I love those pups in the first picture….how cute are they and Daisy is so adorable. I hope she enjoyed her birthday. My husband is a huge dog lover. We do not have any, however not doubt in the near future we will be getting one.I love the fact that dogs give unconditional love. It is just so comforting knowing that Daisy has been by your side through this rough little patch. There is nothing that can replace that.Take CareAussie Mum

  • February 22, 2010
    10:11 pm

    Leave it to you to bake a doggie cake! There is no end to the what you will do to make EVERYONE happy, even Daisy! Hope you are doing well, talk to you soon!Laura

  • February 23, 2010
    2:47 am

    Look whose talking Laura! Takes one to know one I guess.Just wait Aussie Mum… that little one will be pleading for a pup before you know it. My sister I and watched those puppies being born, but were soooooooooo heart broken when we had to give them away.Thank you Alicia… I really appreciate that.

  • February 25, 2010
    6:06 pm

    Hi Julie, what can I say he was a great guy. I only knew Jeremy from Malindi, where I lived for a couple of years, (now in Nairobi), but we became close friends & often hit the town together.Martin

  • March 22, 2010
    6:50 am

    Oh, forgot to say, recipe courtesy of the Canine Cookie Company.http://caninecookiecompany.co.uk/

  • March 22, 2010
    6:50 am

    Found this recently and thought you may find it useful. A Doggy recipe specifically designed to be good for your dog, but also be good enough to feed to the whole family. ———————Magic Mutt-loaf recipeThis wholesome mutt-loaf really is magic. Your pup won’t paws for thought over this meal… Ingredients150g (5oz) carrots, finely diced125g (4 oz) fresh or frozen peas500g (1 lb) fresh minced turkey or chicken75g (3 oz) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs, made with wheat and gluten free bread (preferably)2 tablespoons tomato puree15g (1/2 oz) parsley, chopped2 eggs, beaten2 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled Parsley to garnishMakes 8-10 portions Preparation time: 25 minutesCooking time: 1 hour Steps1. Steam the carrots and peas until just tender and set aside to cool. Mix the minced turkey with the bread crumbs, tomato puree, parsley and beaten eggs until well combined. Stir in carrots and peas. 2. Roll the mixture into a ball and divide in half. Place half of the mixture in the base of a greased 1kg (2 lb) loaf tin, pressing firmly down into the corners. Make a slight dip along the centre.3. Place the boiled eggs in a row down the centre of the tin on top of mixture. Place the remaining mixture on top and press firmly around the sides and on top to comjpletely cover the eggs.4. Cover with foil and bake on the middle shelf of a preheated oven, 180C (350F), Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour. Turn out on to a plate and leave to cool. Cut into slices, sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.Store leftover slices in the refrigerator or freeze portions for future use. Additional infoCarrots are a great source of Vitamin C benefiting your dog’s vision, heart, skin and lungs. They are also rich in beta-carotene which helps protect against cancerEggs are an excellent source of protein, amino acids, vitamin A and vitamin D. Can help to absorb calcium and phosphorusTomato puree has antioxidant properties that are known to protect against cancer. Also a source of vitamin A and C. Don’t feed raw tomatoes, skins or stalks. MUTT-BALLS Take some of the mixture above and roll into small balls. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven 180C (350F), Gas Mark 4 for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Remove balls from the oven and leave to cool.Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Alternatively, place in resealable freezer bags and freeze for up to 6 weeks until required. GOURMUTT GRAVY To top your regular dog food or your MuttloafPlace left over chicken/lamb bones in a large stock pot, add a few vegetables and cover with water, simmer for 45 mins-1 hour. Important: do not add salt. Discard bones. Blend stock (including veg) to make gravy. Freeze in portions and use as required. Don’t use gravy granules as these are high in salt.To finish:Muttloaf comes out of oven, turn out onto dog plate/bowlServe with a couple of muttballs.Top with a dash of gourmutt gravy and a sprig of parsley (good for fresh breath)