Our little resident a**hole, Severus, turned 3 years old last week!
Because I am a crazy dog mom, I threw him a birthday party. This year, we decided to go traipsing around a local reservation to practice nosework in addition to devouring yummy treats.
I’m still perfecting my dog-party-hosting skills, but I do know that it’s worth going big on the dog goodies. I always aim to wow the humans and the canines with my attention to detail in the dog-edibles category because it’s fun spoiling our dogs. This year, I planned to serve some dog-safe cocktail pupsicles to play off the joke that Severus is now legal to drink alcohol (in human years). I made piña colada (coconut milk, frozen pineapples, and sugar-free coconut flakes) and strawberry daiquiri (coconut milk and frozen strawberries) pupsicles in the shapes of bones and paw prints.
But I couldn’t stop there! The real test is the dog cake. This year, I was inspired to bake a savory meatloaf cake with mashed potato icing. Our family has not purchased ground beef or ground pork in years, but there’s nothing like your dog’s birthday to justify a big splurge. To make my meatloaf cake, I used:
- ground beef
- ground pork
- cooked brown rice
- oat bran
- coconut oil
- green beans
- garlic (which is fine for healthy dogs in small quantities)
While the meatloaf baked in the oven, I made the mashed potato icing. I used only peeled potatoes and unsalted butter. The recipe said using a food processor would give the mashed potato a more gummy texture, which is desirable for an icing. I don’t own a food processor so I just mixed and chopped the hell out of my potatoes. It took some muscle, but I was able to achieve a gummy texture eventually.
Then I decorated the cake with some store-bought glitter icing (check the ingredients for xylitol!) and bacon cut into balloon shapes. I also set aside some bacon to sprinkle on top of the cake when I served it. Bacon is mandatory at any dog party. I am so pleased with the way the dog cake turned out!
Last but not least, I baked some salmon brittle dog treats to add to the party favor bags. This recipe is very easy! Just be prepared to freshen up your kitchen afterwards because it will smell fishy. Sacrifices must be made for the dogs! I topped up the party favor bags with bully bites, which are bully sticks that have been cut into 1 – 2 inch pieces. I buy them in bulk from Best Bully Sticks.
I also prepared a light vegan lemon cake for the humans. I won’t bore you with the details on that one. You can go check out the linked recipe if you’re interested. Since the party started at 6:00 PM, I also wanted to serve dinner to the human guests. I’m not a good cook so I usually defer to professionals for this. In other words, I ordered pizza from our favorite local place.
It was a lot of fun reuniting with our doggie friends. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, and we were blessed with an overcast summer evening of sniffing for birch, anise, and clove. Here are some pictures featuring our adorable canine guests!
I think he likes it.
Severus wants to thank his puppy friends for joining him for his party! We apologize for the profuse number of dog ticks that everyone picked up that evening. I think the winner was Pika, the golden retriever, who picked up over 70 ticks in about 2 hours. Impressive. Also, many licks and nose boops for the yummy treats, fun toys, and fashionable accessories that he received. He is begrudgingly sharing with Whizbee in order to maintain his summer beach bod.
Happy 3rd Barkday, Severus! We love you and can’t wait to spend many more years spoiling you.