Celebrating Dog Birthdays
Uber's not a small puppy anymore!
Last week was my dog's 2nd birthday! It's going to be a big year for him. As a German shepherd, he's at that age where he should start to calm down a little, or at least I hope so. He should be getting out of his rebellious-hard-head-stubborn teenage phase and more into his smart, poised and sophisticated "adult" phase, or so the books say.
I am not a big dog birthday celebrator, but I do believe in making it a little something special. Last year for Uber's birthday, I celebrated simply with a meaty treat, which he had never had before. He was pretty excited and even rolled around in the grass after the treat was long gone.
I know he has no concept of these birthday things, but, because I do, he got another special treat this year. I decided to experiment and go a little crazy (according to my husband) and make Uber a special Dog Birthday Cake. My first attempt and his as well (he doesn't normally get People Food). I figure this is a relatively simple and enjoyable way for both of us to celebrate.
Treating a dog's birthday as something special is just another fun way to recognize all the joy, love and companionship they bring to our lives, whether you go all out and throw a big birthday party with all their puppy pals or go simple and extend your daily walk or give an extra treat.
By the way, Uber really enjoyed his dog birthday treat! He was all kisses and cuddles afterward, and I could just see the smile on his face! Here's the recipe in case you want to try the dog birthday (or anyday really) treat:
1 cup white or wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and baking soda together. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a bundt pan, or mini ring form pans or muffin tins, sprayed with non-stick spray (allow room for rising). Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool and "frost" with some low fat cottage cheese or non-fat plain yogurt. Store uneaten cakes in fridge.
The finished cakes, ready for the party!
"Hurry take my picture with the cake...I'm ready to eat it!"
"Um, it's all gone...make another one magically appear!"