Since my yellow labrador Bailey turned 13 on Thursday, I decided to have her birthday party this past Saturday so I could have family and friends come over for the celebration. My preparation started Friday with a trip to my local THREE DOG BAKERY in Sherman Oaks, CA to special order her very own doggie birthday cake. Besides having the cutest pastries and snacks for dogs, they also have a nice selection of toys, collars, dishes, clothes, beds and more. Be sure to check them out if you are looking for some cool things for your doggie. They even have beer for dogs! You can visit their website www.threedog.com by clicking here. If you are interested in getting a cake, be sure to pre-order it since they often sell out of pre-made cakes (I found that out last year for Rambo’s birthday). You can pick from various flavors, sizes and shapes. Everything is made from 100% natural ingredients. Bailey’s cake was made with whole wheat flour and frosted with carob and peanut butter. Since I was there, I picked up a few gifts for her and her four legged guests and some party hats.
Once I had all the animal goodies in place, it was time to shop for all the human guests. I had to feed 9 humans, so I started cooking Friday night. My niece Gaylynn was going to be visiting and she made a special request for my Kalbi in exchange for some of her homemade cupcakes. I agreed and decided to do a full Korean BBQ (since it’s also one of my favs). My menu consisted of kalbi, kimchee hamburger, shoyu potato, mandoo, kim chee, pickled radish and rice. It was a lot of food. As I was grilling on the BBQ, Gaylynn was making her homemade buttercream and vanilla frosting for her cupcakes.
Bailey spent the day with the family by the pool and was pretty tired by dinner time, but once I got her cake out, she was all smiles. My nieces Malia and Maile got into it with the little party whistles aka “toot toot”, and blew them all over. Then it was picture time for the birthday girl. She had her special Happy Birthday party hat on in beginning, but wanted to wear one of the human hats. So, I snapped a few with her special hat and then gave her one that matched everyone else. Once she dug into her cake, she played with my nieces and snapped more pics and then was just pooped. I mean after all, she is 91 in doggie years. Last year she gave me a little scare (you see that post by clicking here) and I’m so thankful she is here celebrating her 13th birthday with me. I’m so glad she had a great birthday celebration, she was so happy. Lots of smiles, licks and tail wagging. The last shot says it all……. exhausted from pure fun. Happy Birthday Bailey….mama loves you.