Four Years Old [& Cake for Dogs]

I know that I don’t even have to tell you that I’m a crazy dog lady.

I even have a hashtag on Instagram devoted to one of my dog’s silly antics (which is #sillylance in case you’re wondering). If you’re not a dog person, you’ll probably just think that this post is a bunch of nonsense. However, if you’re one of my people… you’ll totally get it.

Jackson and Lance came in to my life in late January 2010- just a few weeks before my 30th birthday. If you want to read all about all of the crazy, fun and sometimes frustrating puppyhood years, feel free to check out my old blog! Here’s a quick trip down memory lane…

Our first family portrait (right after bringing the boys home that first day):


The day after we brought the boys home we got 3 feet of snow (also known as Snowpocalypse 2010)!

blizzard dogs

a few weeks later…


and a few months after that (around 6 months old):


Fast-forward to yesterday afternoon, when I tried to capture a few photos of the boys in front of the Christmas tree… here’s the first shot:


And the second one, which is probably the best:


One more (where I asked the boys if they wanted to go get the mail [one of their favorite activities] resulting in the head-tilt:


Aren’t they the cutest?! :)

For the last four years I have given the dogs presents (a new toy for each of them) and birthday cake. This year’s toys were a big hit!


I’ve bought and made cake over the years and decided that it was easy enough to just make my own this year. The cake is made of just 5 ingredients- all of which I already had on hand. Jackson and Lance have eaten grain-free food since we got them so I use chickpea flour when making them cake or dog biscuits. Since I don’t use chickpea flour very often I never really want to buy a whole bag. Instead I just grind dehydrated chickpeas in my Vitamix- which turns them into flour in less than a minute!

Dog Birthday Cake

(makes 2 small cakes)

1 large ripe banana

1/4 c. pumpkin puree

2 eggs

3 T water

1 1/4 c. chickpea flour

Pre-heat oven to 350˚. Spray two medium-sized baking dishes or bowls (I used a 2 of these) with nonstick cooking spray. Place banana in a separate bowl and mash with a fork. Add pumpkin puree, eggs and water and stir well. Slowly add flour and mix until well incorporated. Divide batter into the two baking dishes and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. (Since the recipe doesn’t contain any baking powder or leavening agents, it won’t rise and will be quite dense). Remove cakes, let them cool and then top with frosting (recipe follows).

Dog Birthday Cake Frosting

1/4 c. creamy natural peanut butter

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

Place both ingredients into a small bowl and blend together. Spread on top of (cooled) birthday cakes.


I used pieces of the boys’ dog food to decorate the top of the cakes:

dog cake2

The boys loved the cakes (and devoured them in about one minute flat!)

post cake

Happy Birthday Jackson and Lance!!

Do you celebrate your pet’s birthday? Are you a crazy dog (or cat) lady?


  1. How freaking cute! ;)

  2. So cute love that idea!

  3. Oh my goodness – those puppy pictures, especially in the snow are so adorable!! Happy 4th birthday boys! And nice work on that cake. :)

  4. I never knew about your old blog- love all those cute doggie photos!! They are the sweetest, and I hope I get to meet them sometime! I am a golden retriever fan all the way.

  5. This is SO adorable! My pup just turned seven in September, but I am bookmarking this for next year!

  6. I am a crazy dog lady too. I love my lab, Ike. He’ll be 7 on February 11 and I always make him a cake for his birthday.

  7. I completely “get” this! I LOVE to spoil my dogs and I think of them as children, so I am 100% on board with celebrating their birthdays! The cakes you made are adorable, as are Jackson and Lance (but you knew that already). :)

  8. Hahaha. I love the head tilt. Pippa does that. Boyd just ignores. I’ve never had a puppy!! B&P were both full-grown when we got them.

  9. These guys are the best! Love them. You know I’m a crazy dog lady. Barney is spending this month with his grandparents while I move (again. which better be the last time that I do for a while). My niece gave him a bath today and it was CUTE.

  10. Awww! Cute cute cute puppy pics. I’m a full blown crazy dog lady. Dogs are the best! :)

  11. So cute!!!
    I celebrate Kostas’ actual birthday and his adoption birthday. So he gets extra treats and hugs both days.

  12. Happy birthday boys! As a fellow crazy dog lady, I totally get it! I love that picture of you with them in the snow. Beautiful!


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