Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Tipsy!

There was no mindless pawing, crying or whining the first night we brought Tipsy home. Unlike Danger she knew right away how good she had it. She strutted around the house and tore into Danger's toys (and hind legs) straight away.

We rescued Tipsy from her cage where she had been for six straight weeks; she was 14 weeks old already, and without a home. She'd been there so long she was starting to develop canine hip dysplasia, aka cage hip. She was matted, her eyes were full of rheum, and she was pouting so severely it was impossible to deny her affection.

The first thing we noticed immediately about Tipsy was that she was all grey, from the tops of her cute little ears all the way down her tail - except for the very tippy tip, which was white; hence her name: Tipsy. We thereafter immediately recognized the tips of her paws, the tip of her muzzle, the tip of chest and the tip of her head was also white - it was the perfect name.

On October 8, 2009 Tipsy turned 2, and last weekend we celebrated her birthday.

We fitted her cute little ears with a pretty pink bow, and planned a fun night of eating cake and ice cream and unwrapping new toys! I'm proud to say Tipsy has finally learned a few unwrapping techniques from Danger. She loved discovering her prizes under her pink wrapping paper. Danger however, did not like having to patiently stand by and watch her have all the fun!

We played on the October Halloween theme and made Tipsy's cake in the shape of a bone - fitting for the season and for a dog themed party. We filled two pieces of cake with blueberry puppy ice cream, and created Chilled Bones for the occasion.

Doggie Bone Chilled Cake

These recipes were adapted again from Doggy Desserts by Cheryl Gianfrancesco (highly recommended!).
Blueberry Cream
1 5.3 oz container Plain Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt
1 cup water
¼ cup honey
½ cup fresh blueberries
Pour all ingredients into blender, and puree until smooth
Transfer to a freezer safe container, cover and chill until firm
Cream Cheese Cake

½ cup natural applesauce - no sugar added
½ cup water
2 eggs
4 oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup honey
Mix until smooth
2 cups unbleached wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon wheat germ
Stir into wet ingredients until incorporated

Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 pan
Bake at F350° for 40-45 minutes
Let cool completely

Tipsy says,
"Bark! Bark!!"

Allow blueberry cream to soften
Use cookie cutter to form bone shapes from cake
Slice bones in half
Spread blueberry cream over one half of cake
Sandwich together and place in freezer to firm

***Always remember to allow treats to warm up a bit before serving them to your special friend; you don't want to burn your little furries tongue.

Until next year!
How do you celebrate your furries special day?

20 Sweet Talkers:

Steph Jordan said...

Okay first that lil doggie is too too cute! Way to bring a smile! :-)
okay, Blueberry puppy ice cream. I'm dying. I just lovce your blog. I can't wait to send my daughter over here tomorrow LOL. So she can feed my granddog some of the wonderful treats LOL.

Kitty said...

What a sweet idea! I love puppy birthdays, but I have never thought of making them cake!

Thimbleanna said...

You guys are so cute with your dogs. I can't believe they can open their presents -- they crack me up! Happy Birthday Tipsy!!!

DiPaola Momma said...

Oh I so want a dog. My hubby says 4 kids, 2 cats and a useless reptile (his!) is enough for now. NOT! I loved these pics of your baby. I had a dog as a child who somehow KNEW which gift under the Christmas tree was hers. She NEVER messed with any package except hers. Dogs, gotta love em!

sweetjeanette said...

Oh, that pooch is adorable!!! I want a dog!!! Of course, hubby says no. I once had a beta fish. I named him Earl. Earl loved me. That's the closest I've come to "permission" to own a pet. But Earl is swimming in the sewer somewhere now. Sigh.....
(dropping by from SITS)

Dorothy said...

Awww, that's so sweet that ya'll had a doggy birthday party, complete with treats! Makes me wish even more that I could get a dog, but my current living situation does not allow for it... :(

Kendahl, Stepmom Extraordinaire said...

Happy birthday Tipsy! You are too cute for words.

We bought our cat treats for his birthday and wrapped them in a plastic bag. He loves plastic bags.

Barbara said...

She's a doll! Doggy birthdays are such fun and you really went all out! Clever Tipsy to open her own presents!

Trac~ said...

Awww.. such a CUTIE pie! She's just adorable and is so lucky to have you! Happy birthday, Tipsy! :o)

Yankee Girl said...

Found you on SITS!

What a cute little pup! I have never made my own treats before but now I just might have to give it a try!

Ella said...

I also Love the Pink Bow! I really like how she is licking her lips.

Anonymous said...

OMG.... she is so sweet! What a spoilt little lady!

I love her....

Lizzie :-)

Tangled Noodle said...

Happy birthday, Tipsy - you are sooooo adorable! This doggie b-day cake is fantastic. Our pupsters day was in August but you can bet I'll be making this for his next one (maybe it'll be his Thanksgiving dessert!) Thanks for sharing Tipsy's day and cake!

Laura said...

That has to be the cutest dog I have ever seen. Blueberry anything is my favorite.

Clare said...

Stopping by from sits. Your puppy is adorable. We have a 14 yr old aussie shepherd who is our big puppy. She would love that Blueberry

melissa said...

Such a sweet pup - love those bows!
How wonderful that you were able to rescue Tipsy and give her a home.
Great doggie recipes too :)

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