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My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Dog Birthday Party

Sharon Hill | July 12th, 2010

Sabrina Renee’s fourth birthday party finally arrived last Saturday, after months of planning. She had eight friends and their parents and all had a fabulous time.

Above is the banner that I had made at, I put her photo in the circle, like on the plates. People thought she had other dogs pose for the banner but it actually comes like that.

The dogs loved all of the treats, of course. The biggest hits at these parties are the Kool Dogz, the ice that I fill with chunks of sausage. I set three of them out.

Below is keeshound, Kobe Bear, giving Sabrina Renee, a chance to enjoy it.

This is Ruby the pug. She seems to have tilted it so she can enjoy it comfortably.

Glory, a mixed breed, got to one of them first.

Lukey, another mixed breed, enjoyed one too.

German shepherd, Tangi, and black lab, Slimmy look forward to this every year.

This is chocolate lab, Colt, stopping to survey the party

Another thing I do is “dunking for dogs.” I put chunks of hot dogs in pans of water and the dogs are supposed to dunk for them. The first year that I did this, I used a deep bucket and Glory was the only dog to stick her head in the water. Now I just use aluminum roasting pans with a little water and toss chunks into them and onto the grass for those who don’t like to stick their faces in water. They lick up the water later.

I wouldn’t try this unless you are really sure the dogs aren’t going to fight. These dogs are always fine with it.

There is one cake for parents and one for dogs. The cake for parents is always the Berry Chantilly from Whole Foods Market in Walnut Creek, people love it. I make the dog cake myself and bake it in a butterfly pan.

Sabrina Renee always gets a lot of great gifts.

This is Prince, a sheltie, one of our neighbors.

German shepherd, Riley, is Sabrina Renee’s doggie day care buddy.

Sammi is a mixed breed who was recently adopted by Riley’s parents. This was her first time at a party, she had a good time and loved all of the treats.

I have the photographer, Tracy Weir, who took all of these photos, take a picture of each family. Here we are posing for our “family portrait.”

The party lasts a few hours and is pretty tiring. Plus it is hot by the time it ends, around 12 noon. Here Sabrina Renee is relaxing after her big party as the rest of us clean up.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Dog Birthday Party Plates

Sharon Hill | July 10th, 2010

I like to have some themed-related paper party items for my golden retriever’s birthday parties. I was looking through the Birthday Express catalog, where I always get my things, and found that I could get Sabrina Renee’s photo printed on plates, thank you notes and banners. Our theme this year is “It’s a Dog’s World” and they had “The Dog” as a theme so it was perfect!

I am really happy with the way the plates came out, it looks like her friends posed for the plate with her.

The plates will be used for people to eat birthday cake – they won’t be for dogs to use.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever – Favor Bags for Doggy Day Care

Sharon Hill | July 5th, 2010

Birthday Favor Bags for Doggie Day Care

I like to have the dogs at doggy day care have a little party to celebrate Sabrina Renee’s birthday. So I bake a cake and I put together party favors for all of the dogs to take home.

One of my friends came and helped me fill the bags while I made tags from double-sided scrapbook paper. I have a large hole-punch that makes a tag, put a little paw-print sticker on the tag and wrote “Sabrina Renee’s 4th Birthday” on it.

Below is the basket that carries all of the goody bags that I take to day care. It was decorated by some friends and given to Sabrina Renee for her birthday last year.

My Spoiled Golden Retriever’s Birthday Invitations

Sharon Hill | June 25th, 2010


Sabrina Renee’s birthday is July 11 so we have been slowly getting ready for her doggie birthday party. We ordered invitations a few weeks ago and mailed them out to her guests this week.

I’ve done all sorts of things for her invitations, mostly ordering especially printed ones from invitation albums from a line of stationery products that I represent. However, last year I thought it would be cute to have her photo on the invitations and I decided to do it again this year.

A few weeks ago I told Sabrina Renee that I wanted to take photos for her invitation and she went out to the patio and posed right away. She knew what I was planning to do! A friend said of  course she would pose, she is a total ham!

I took her photo and went to, tried a her photo on a few different cards and finally settled on “Let’s Party!” I think it suits her perfectly.

How My Golden Retriever Celebrates Spring with Dog Friends

Sharon Hill | April 2nd, 2010

I mentioned in a previous post that I take Sabrina Renee to doggie day care. Since this is Passover and Easter, I decided to bake a cake for the dogs so she could celebrate Spring with her friends. One of her boyfriends is at day care with her on Thursdays, Riley, a black German Shepard. I understand they run, body slam and act crazy there together. So since yesterday was Thursday, it was the perfect day for her to have a cake.

There are some great dog cake recipes available. I use the Applesauce Spice Cake one from the book Doggy Desserts, Homemade Treats for Happy Healthy Dogs by Cheryl Gianfrancesco. I substitute organic oat flour for the whole wheat flour mentioned in the recipe. I never bake with whole wheat flour when I’m making something for dogs. Sabrina Renee sees a holistic veterinarian who once told me the worse things for dogs are wheat, corn, soy and dairy products. The cake does have a cream cheese frosting but there is so little on it that I don’t worry if the dogs get a little.

The cake is pictured above. Not the best decorating job, for sure, but the 20 dogs that were there didn’t seem to mind. (The sugar frosting is removed before the cake is served to the dogs. Sugar is not good for them either.)

Below is a photo of Riley.

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