Miss Angel’s 12th Birthday Celebration

Today is our family dog, Miss Angel’s 12’th birthday. She is truly a member of our family. She’s lived with a cat, a rescued Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a Black Lab and always is the Queen Dog.

No she’s not well trained…we love her anyway. She clearly is the alpha dog/person in the house. She does what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. She’s so cute and cuddly that we’ve allowed her to get away with it and there is definitely no changing her now. Clearly, she’s smarter than we are and she has US very well trained.

I swear she speaks English and doesn’t respond or not respond based on the tone of my voice. I don’t care what the trainers say…I KNOW she KNOWS exactly what I’m saying.

She’s a gum thief…so don’t leave any in a purse, backpack, suitcase, jacket pocket or anywhere for that matter that she can reach. She can and WILL get it and eat the entire package when you aren’t looking. She’s smart enough to try and hide the evidence…key word being try! I’ve even found my purse behind the couch where she dragged it and unzipped it to get the gum. Yes…she’s that clever and agile.

We’ve many stories of her stealing food…the most fun ones involve the accomplice of our cat, Lucky Lady (who is no longer alive). Probably the most notorious story is known as the Thanksgiving chocolate cake incident. We had many people over that particular Thanksgiving Day; much food was left over after the feast…including an entire chocolate cake. The cake was on the sideboard in the dining room…Angel could not reach it. (Though she’s been found atop the dining room table if someone left a chair pulled away and she thought there was food to steal.) The cake CRUMBS were discovered under the dining room table and strewn about the dining room. Since there were no witnesses and Lucky and Angel both had guilty chocolate stains on their faces…we can only surmise that Lucky jumped onto the sideboard and knocked the cake to the floor…where she then shared it with Angel. I know…chocolate is lethal for dogs/cats…they both survived the incident as it was years ago. Angel did suffer extreme stomach upset in the hours following…I hope it was worth it to her…it certainly wasn’t to me!

Tonight I made Angel some homemade dog treats for her birthday. Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers. If you like to pamper your pets with homemade treats the recipe link is at the end of this post. There were many treats to choose from!

Then she and I had an impromptu party. She doesn’t play for extended periods like she did when she was younger, but she sure enjoyed the bubbles tonight. She ate her cookie and promptly took a nap after her photo session. Birthdays only come once a year – time to celebrate!

First the Birthday Party game: Bubbles!

Then the photo shoot:

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PS – No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post…humiliated maybe…harmed…never!

Recipe: Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers



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