I’m one of THOSE people.
A dog person. A big one.
I treat my dog like a (very spoiled) child. Cholula sleeps on the bed. She gets a yummy plate of food on holidays. I have a rather large Facebook album entitled “Cholula” and post photos often. I talk to her all the time (she totally understands me). She has dozens of nicknames. (Current favorite: Mee-maw, which evolved from Munchkin to Munch to Moonch to Meench to Meench-Munch to Mee-Moo to Mee-Maw. She responds to them all.) She’s not really a pet- she’s a member of the family. And today is her first birthday.
365 days ago, a female German Shepard had a litter of 7 puppies. Her owner was less than thrilled. She’d planned on purebred German Shepard puppies to sell, but the neighbor’s male Chocolate Lab had (ahem) other ideas. By the time we met Cholula, 8 weeks later, there were just two puppies left. I’ve said before that if the woman had brought along Cholula’s brother when we met, John and I would be celebrating TWO doggie birthdays today. I mean, LOOK.
German Shepard and Chocolate Lab mixed into one puppy is awesome. Cholula is that perfect combination of smart, loyal, sweet, and loving. We never met her parents, so we didn’t know how big she would get. She’s the perfect size, kind of a mini-Shepard. I hardly remember the days when she was teensie-weensie!
I’m always a bit suspicious of people who don’t like dogs. I can’t imagine life without knowing what the companionship of a loyal, sweet dog is like. I have learned a lot from dogs: that every day is a new beginning; that stretching is good for you; that napping should be a full commitment; that when you love someone, you should make sure they know it. As I look back on the photos from our first year with Cholula, I feel happy. We’re good parents. And that is one LOVED dog.
I knew I needed to do something special for Cholula for her birthday, so in addition to making plans for a swim and a hike, I decided to bake her some homemade treats! A quick Google search brought me to this website where I found a bunch of recipes for spoiled pups. I settled on the Cheesy Bacon Biscuits for obvious reasons. As I gathered my ingredients, I felt like I was getting ready to bake cookies!
I baked the bacon in the oven, and Cholula’s bacon radar went off. She hung out with me, sweetly and patiently, for the whole recipe. Smart dog. I let her lick the bacon wrapper. It was her BIRTHDAY EVE, after all!
The dog biscuit recipe really was pretty much the same as a cookie recipe. Mix butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla, add dry ingredients. Even the bacon wasn’t THAT weird to stir in, considering these bad boys I made recently. It wasn’t until the cheddar cheese went in that I stopped tasting the batter and remembered this recipe was for DOGS.
But don’t these look appetizing?!
There was only one option for OFFICIAL TASTE TESTER in the house, and she was up for the challenge. (Shocking, I know.)
She loves them! How could she not? Her Happy Birthday Puppy Treats are stored in an airtight container, ready to share with her often. Because she deserves them. She’s a good girl.
And now, gratuitous puppy photos. A LOT of them.
Because I’m totally one of THOSE people.
Happy birthday, sweet Cholula!