Rosie’s Birthday Cake Recipe

When one of my humans baked the cake, she made sure to avoid ingredients that are unhealthy for dogs.  Salt, baking powder, and sugar can hurt dogs’ tummies if given in large amounts.  If you want your dog to be extra healthy, you can use whole wheat flour and almond milk (most dogs are actually lactose intolerant.  However, small amounts of milk won’t harm your pup).  The baker human used honey as a form of natural sugar.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • a little honey

(You can add other ingredients to your dog’s cake if you like, such as bananas, peanut butter, bouillon, etc.  Always search online to see if they are safe for dogs.  For example, grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs.)

Stir your ingredients together and put in a greased pie pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.  Let cool before applying icing.

How to Make Banana Icing

Dogs love this luscious and healthy icing!  It’s very simply to make, the ingredients you need being:

  • 2 bananas
  • Milk
  • Flour

Mash the two bananas in a bowl.  Add a little milk and stir.  The next step is like making gravy.  Add spoonfuls of flour and stir until you have the right consistency.  When done, put it in the fridge for at least thirty minutes before icing your cake.

After you’re done icing, you can decorate!  We used strawberries, blueberries, and dog kibble.  Talk about a drool-worthy cake!

Quick Tip: Work on Heel

Heel is the command Rosie struggles with most.  She learned it in puppy class, but it was rarely practiced as Rosie dwells in the country where there is little use for leashes.  She has been working on learning her off-leash boundaries (as in, “you must stay within the barbed wire fence”) and off-leash manners (“you must sit while someone holds your collar while the mailman comes”)  but has sadly not learned many leash manners.  Rosie pulls on the leash, a no-no for big dogs.  This summer, the humans hope to take Rosie to more places, such as parks and hiking trails, to work on her manners.  If she is going to do this, however, she needs to learn heel.  This afternoon, one of the humans took Rosie on a short walk to work on her pulling problems.  She didn’t take any pictures (you need both hands to control this strong dog!), so we are using these old pictures of Rosie’s lacking leash manners from two years ago.  She was much smaller then but still very strong!

Does your dog need to brush up on heel?  Here’s how to do it:

Dogs learn better in short, positive training sessions.  Keep your first heel training to a 5-10 minute walk.  Clip your dog’s leash to his collar.  You can use a harness, but these encourage pulling by making it more comfortable for your dog.  There are anti-pull harnesses, but you want your dog to heel because you say so.

Have some treats ready in your pocket and start walking.  Very likely, your dog will bound ahead and start pulling.  Immediately start walking in the opposite direction.  Call your dog’s name to get his attention.  Hopefully, he will start following, slacking the leash.  Once you feel the tension leave the leash, command your dog to heel and give him a treat.  If he starts pulling again, repeat the process.  You’re not going to get very far down your yard or street, but that’s okay.

Your dog doesn’t have to be leashed to practice heel.  Have some high-quality treats in your hand (hot dogs and beef work well) with your dog off-leash in a fenced area.  Start walking forward, holding a treat by your LEFT* side.  Hold the treat so that your dog can only nibble at it.  Give the command “heel” as soon as your dog starts following the treat.  Do this several times.  Next, hold the treat higher, only giving your dog a taste of it every once in a while as your dog walks in heel.  Eventually, you can command your dog to heel, walk around the yard, and then give him a treat.

 

*Why the left side, you ask?  If your dog were to compete in a dog competition, he would be required to heel on your left.  Don’t ask why; it’s just how it is.  Even if your dog is never going to compete, it’s still a good way to train your dog.  This way, he always knows that you expect him to heel on your left.

Rosie’s Birthday Party Pictures

Kitty and I were invited to Rosie’s birthday party, but Kitty didn’t stay long.  She did not want to celebrate Rosie and rudely exited.

Note the character on Rosie’s party hat: Clifford the Big Red Dog.  She was so excited to have a Big Red Dog-themed party.  Clifford is her role model.

The cake was delicious!  It was made with a modified biscuit recipe and topped with banana icing.  I’ll post the recipe for it soon.

Sleepover Time

This week, my humans went out of state to see their relatives.  Rosie and I stayed with our grandparents.  Kitty remained at home with a sufficient amount of food and water to sustain her until the humans’ return.

This is Lacy, our grandparents’ dog.  She is a Lhasa Apso/Jack Russell Terrier mix.  Lacy is utterly adorable and loves to play with her balls.  She was upset that rambunctious Rosie had come for a sleepover but behaved very well.

Treat time!

Here is a picture of Lacy and Rosie when the humans came to pick us up.  Lacy was sulking at this point, more than ready for us to leave.  She enjoys being an only dog and receiving all the attention.With their relatives, the humans saw Duke, the ferocious Pitbull.  He looks tough, but he’s really just a humongous lapdog.

The dog in the background is Duke’s girlfriend.  She showed up with no collar while my humans were visiting.  She was a very friendly dog and obviously accustomed to being indoors as she wanted in.  She loved to play with Duke’s toy and even knew how to fetch!  She could also sit and drop the toy on command.  Someone had obviously taken time to train her, so my humans knew she hadn’t been dumped.

The same day this doggy arrived, the humans saw a man slowly driving down the road, windows rolled down, scanning the area.  They took the lost dog to the front yard and the man immediately recognized her.  He explained that it was his parents’ dog and had slipped away when her collar was taken off.  The humans had had a lot of fun playing with this well behaved dog, but they were glad she had been found.

Today, I accidentally bumped into something sharp and cut my face.  Ouch!  Thankfully, whatever I hit didn’t get my eye.  I have very little eyesight now and am practically deaf, so it’s easy for me to bump into things.  I know the layout of my home like the back of my paw, though, so it doesn’t happen often.

I hope you are having a restful Sunday!

Woof,

Sissy

P.S. Our March/April e-magazine will be released soon!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some three leaf clover in our yard!

Outtakes:

Fifteen years old and jumping with pure joy (I love treats!). I don’t let my old age get me down!

Kitty performing her stretching exercises.  She wasn’t cooperating during her photo shoot.  All she wanted to do was roll around in the gravel.  She claims it feels good, but I don’t recommend doing it.

(By the way, we pets weren’t wearing green, so our humans pinched us!  Talk about mean! Thankfully, they didn’t do it hard, so it only hurt our feelings.)

 

A Bath for Rosie

Today, my humans decided to give Rosie a bath.  She was starting to smell bad (according to the humans; I thought she smelled wonderful!) and was therefore forced to become once again clean.    

Rosie has gotten to be a very good girl about getting into the tub on her own.  Of course, it takes a yummy treat to bribe her.  Before, the humans had to drag her down the hall and into the tub.  It could take three people!  Now, Rosie has learned that jumping into the bathtub means a treat.

Once in the tub, however, Rosie donned her pitiful puppy dog eyes.  She begged the humans not to go through with it.  She desperately claimed that she didn’t smell that bad.  These pleas fell on deaf ears, however, as the humans ruthlessly turned on the water.

I am not ashamed to admit that I laughed heartily as Rosie was scrubbed.  I don’t get baths as often as her.  The first reason for this is that I don’t get as stinky as Rosie.  The second is that baths make me panic.  The humans don’t want to stress me out too much, so I get a bath only when necessary.

Rosie looked – and smelled – much better afterwards.  She pretended to be a fish.  She stretched across the floor and moved her legs as if she were swimming.  It’s supposed to be very fun.  I, however, would never do such a ridiculous thing.

Right now, I am sleeping on my pillow, and Rosie is lying on the floor, exhausted.  It’s a cold, rainy day, and we will probably rest most of this evening until our human daddy comes home and dinner is prepared.

Goodbye for now, and may you always find many bones and treats along your yard of life.

~Sissy