A two-layer birthday cake for Westley’s second birthday! The first layer is banana and peanut butter flavour and the second is tuna fish and apple. Complete with cream cheese and peanut butter frosting and cucumber noodles to decorate.
So yes. I hosted a birthday party for Westley. If you’d told me ten years ago that I would be a food blogger who held parties and made cakes for dogs I would have laughed you out the door. But this is me now. And it’s fun.
Let me explain about the “party”. One of the great things about working with Eirini from The Dog Company on Westley’s training (apart from her being the best ever) is the attention she paid to the development of his communication skills as a puppy. It’s important that a dog grows up knowing how to interact with other dogs, and it’s even more important that we as dog-parents, know whether our dog is indeed communicating well and having fun in the presence of other fur babies. There are so many people here in Greece (and judging by all the stupid “funny” videos on youtube, in other parts of the world too) who haven’t a clue about what their pups are trying to tell them. So part of our training (Westley and I were both trained, that’s how it works) was going to organised play dates for dogs. And when I say organised I mean just that. Not leaving a pack of dogs to get on with it while enjoying a cold frappuccino and a gossip. I mean thought out and well planned scenarios, with combinations of doggy friends that work well and with attention to the comfort of those doggies so they don’t get stressed. The fur balls run around enjoying every second of off-leash dog-play, and the pet-parents get a lesson in canine communication, closely watch what is happening, receive a treasure of information on why it’s happening, and tips on how to deal with it if necessary. I’ve said it before (too many times, to anyone who will listen) this is the most important thing to learn when you have a dog. Especially in a country with lots of strays and lots of owners who ignore leash laws.
So anyway, our party was basically an organised doggy play-date but with cake. Lots of it. Dog cake and of course human cake. It was brilliant, Westley had a blast as always, got loads of presents, ran around like a mad thing for a couple of hours, and slept for the rest of the day giving me some peace and quiet. Which I needed after baking all that cake.
Many many thanks to Eirini #besteverdogtrainer for making sure all fur babies went home happy and content, many thanks to the Mister for being the event photographer and getting a great shot of Westley eating his cucumber noodles, and many thanks to Pet Society kennels for having us at their premises.
And now for the cake. Rice flour and corn meal of course (no wheat for us – at least if I can help it – stolen biscuits and bits of cheese pie from the street don’t count) and two different flavours which I decided to combine by sticking one on top of the other. Peanut butter – banana, and tuna fish – apple. And since you can’t have a birthday cake without frosting, cream cheese and peanut butter did the trick (I even licked the bowl when done). The cucumber noodles are optional but fun.