I found a recipe for dog cake. I had the perfect party plan and a guest list. Unfortunately, I let time get a little away from me so I really didn't have enought time to get details nailed down, and on top of that my mom told me I was crazy to have a birthday party for a dog. A party is a party, right?? Oh well. Since we didn't have a lot of time we decided just to do it low key (meaning I had to take back the invitations-sad). Instead of a huge party, we decided we would go to the lake, his FAVORITE place, and spend the weekend. I also invited my cousin Stevie and his wife Melissa (who got married the week after we did) and their dogs Molly and Mia (technically my cousin Andrew's dog), who are a few months younger than Sonny.
They are weimaraners/lab mixes so they are about Sonny's size. Stevie had been wanting to get them up to the water to see if they loved it as much as Sonny, so I thought this would be a great opportunity. On Thursday night I baked the puppy cake as well as some "human" cupcakes. The cake was actually super easy to do and actually tasted great (peanut butter, honey, flour, and shredded carrots, can't go wrong-see recipe below). I decided to draw Sonny's face on it in icing and in my head it was going to be easy and awesome. Not so much. It looks like Sonny did it himself. Maybe I should have just said that he did and let everyone be amazed instead of having them laugh at my sad attempt at cake decorating. I will leave that to the Cake Boss.
Friday came and we still had lots to do. I had scheduled a time with the Humane Society of Etowah County to bring Ruffles by and sign her papers, since I had been neglecting that duty for months! When we got there she remembered exactly where she was. She greeted all of the employees and even ran and got in her old bed! It was so nice to see how she felt about the employees. They have a great group there and if my spoiled little puppy can go back there and be excited, they must be treating all of the animals with love and care! Everyone thought she looked so adorable in her little bow and said that she looked like she had grown and finally filled out! She was a little unhappy when they microchipped her, but she LOVED all of the attention! Now she is actually an official Bailey!
Molly and Mia weren't fans of the water but loved to chase tennis balls with Sonny and I know they enjoyed having a lot of space to run around in!
We laid out and watched them play until it got a little stormy looking. We went in to eat and ended up watching a Cake Boss marathon all afternoon--seriously--we got sort of addicted. My sister came and we decided we'd had enough cake so we went back out with the dogs. We ended up staying outside until at least 7!
After showers, we had a great dinner. Stevie had brought porterhouse steaks marinated in olive oil, basalmic vinegar, and garlic (I may be leaving something out). We also had baked potatoes, left over baked rice, and a big salad. After dinner it was time for the birthday cake! Forrest cut all of the dogs their own piece and I had my camera ready to take Sonny's pic eating his cake. That never happened because he downed it in one bite!
They LOVED the cake! I was so excited! The would have eaten the entire thing, if we had let them! The cupcakes I made for the people were pretty good too (funfetti-my fave) as was the mint chocolate chip ice cream! That night the dogs were exhausted. I'm sure Sonny had the best birthday ever!