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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 9×13 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?

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