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Party Tips- Dog Birthday

LETS FACE IT DOGS ARE PARTY ANIMALS!!

Your dog's birthday only comes around once a year and dog birthday cakes are a great way to pamper and have fun with your best friend. By all means, show your dog just how much you love him on his special day. Dogs love nothing better than to be with their humans, especially during happy events. Party hats for all the guests. Birthday Shirts or Dresses and Bandana's for the Birthday Boy or Girl and toys.


Dog birthday cakes are a cute idea, but remember that your dog's health should always come first. Use good judgment with all treats and be sure to check ALL ingredients, check to see if any of the other dogs that might be on a special diet. We offer free recipes for dog birthday cakes & treats. Feed your pets small portions of dog cakes and treats, small portions are easier for dogs to digest and process and you don't want the pups to be sick with upset stomachs!

Be sure to check out our Homemade Treat Recipes for healthy affordable dog treats. 

 

RECIPES

A doggy version of chips and dip can be quickly whipped up using common milkbones dipped in a mixture of vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese with a little baby food fruit, honey and wheat germ added.

 

 

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PEANUT BUTTER NIBBLES

What could be easier than this!!
Yields 1 cup
 
3/4 c plain shredded wheat cereal
1/2 c natural unsalted peanut butter
 
Place the shredded wheat in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush it into crumbs.
Put the peanut butter into a bowl and add the crumbs a few at a time. Mash them into a paste, adding crumbs until mixture is soft but not sticky.
Roll the peanut butter crumbs into small balls, about the size of a gumball.
Store them in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week
 
(The house brand of shredded wheat is less expensive and usually contains less sugar than the major cereal brands) 

   

 

DOG SMOOTHIE

Great for warmer months & Great for heart health!
1/2 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries

Blend in blender. Spoon into Ice trays and freeze.       

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BOWZER'S BIRTHDAY CAKE

Makes 1 cake layer

1 lb ground turkey or chicken
2 carrots, diced
1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup. cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced.

1. Place turkey, carrots, spinach, brown rice, oil and raw egg in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine.
2. Pat half the mixture into a greased and waxed-paper-lined 9 inch cake pan.
3. Layer hard-cooked egg slices over mixture, then top with remaining meat mixture. 4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 - 50 minutes or until done.
5. Remove from oven and let rest in pan for 5 minutes. Using a large spatula, remove from pan, draining off any grease, and allow to cool on platter for 15 minutes before frosting and serving.
NOTE:.To make a layer cake, double recipe and use 2 9-inch cake pans. When cake layers are baked and cooled, place one layer on plate. Spread with 2 cups mashed potatoes, using a pastry bag with a large start tip and make mashed potato rosettes for candles, if desired.

CARROT HONEY BIRTHDAY CAKE

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup shredded carrots
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
1 8 oz. container plain or vanilla yogurt for frosting

 

Beat egg, blend in oil, vanilla, honey, and peanut butter. Stir in shredded carrots, flour, &... baking soda. This is a thick batter. Spread in greased 8" round or square cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When cake is completely cool, frost with yogurt.

You can substitute chopped apple, mashed banana, or sweet potato for the carrots. I've made it with fresh baked pumpkin too.  
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PUPCAKES

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 c. all purpose flour

Mix oil and honey very well. Add eggs and beat well. Add the baking powder and flour and again beat well. Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes for mini cupcakes and longer for regular cupcakes. The tops should be golden brown when done. Ice with melted yogurt/carob or cream cheese.

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Grain Free Peanut Butter Banana Cake

2 - 9" Round Cake Pans, or Cut in half for a 9" Long Bone Shaped Pan

Group 1
1 Medium Banana (Mashed)
1/3 c. Vegetable Shortening
1 c. Peanut Butter
1/3 c. Honey
4 Eggs
4 Tsp Vanilla

  Group 2
1 c. Chickpea Flour
2 c. Buckwheat Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Cinnamon

 

Mix Together All Ingredients in Group 1.  In separate bowl mix all ingredients in Group 2 and add to Group 1 Mixture. Mix until Smooth.  Grease pans, fill with batter.  Batter is thick & will need to be smoothed out in pans.  Bake at 325 (Convection Oven) 350 Regular Oven.  Depending on pan size, bake from 25 - 50 minutes or until done.  

Note: You can add more Banana - the original recipe had 3 bananas.
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TIPS FOR THROWING A DOG BIRTHDAY PARTY 
  1. Make sure all the dogs get along
  2. Have the birthday party in an area large enough to accommodate all the guests. Limit guest list to four or five dogs if it is an indoor party. Invite up to twenty if the party is held outdoors, either in your own backyard or a dog friendly park.
  3. Bring water and bowls for the dogs
  4. Keep paper towels nearby for pickup.
  5. Hold the party in the morning when dogs are lively and no one is too grouchy.
  6. Bring sturdy paper plates to serve each dog a piece of birthday cake.
  7. Have food and beverages available for the people too.
  8. Dress up the dogs. While most dogs will not willingly wear party hats - heck, even kids don't like those - dogs will wear scarves or bandanas. You may want to go to the fabric store and purchase a length of material that you can cut into bandana-sized scarves with pinking shears so all the party dogs have something to wear.  Or, contact us, and we will be happy to do it for you!


PLAY GAMES:

  • Dry Dog Food Toss - The people stand about 5 feet away and toss pieces of dry food to their dogs. Whichever dog catches the most dry dog food wins!
  • Kissie - Get all dogs in a line while people stand about 20 feet away. People call their dogs, and whichever dog comes first and gives kisses, wins!
  • Stick - People throw sticks for their dogs. Whichever dog brings back the stick first, wins!
  • Have a costume party!  

Award prizes to everyone. Go to a dollar store, craft store, or pet store and buy inexpensive items such as tennis balls, rubber balls, bones, rope toys, or other playthings for prizes.  Every dog should go home a winner!

 

How Old Are They Really?

Try this formula for a more accurate idea of how old your dog really is:

At the age of one, a dog's life is equal to 15 years and at the age of two, a dog's life is equal to 25 years. Every year there after is equal to 3 "Human Years" Here is an example: A dog that is ten years old:
15 + 10 + (3x8)=49!
 
A 15 year old dog would be: 15 + 10 + (3x13)=64!

Not only on his birthday but all year long, show your best friend plenty of love, attention and respect.

Remember, the same rule that applies to kids, applies to furry kids as well. Too much is not good for them!


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