He loves to jump up and give me hugs.
How handsome is he?!!!
Loved making this quick and easy cake for my boy! He loved it!
He was unsure about what all of the fuss was over.
As you can see, Patton couldn't even wait for me to put his piece of cake onto a plate.
This Sunday Patton turned 8 and David and I spent the majority of our afternoon celebrating him by playing out in the yard for hours, letting him get into the nasty rainwater pond in my backyard, and lastly, by throwing him a birthday PAWty (See what I did there?!) Anyway, he loved it all from the playing to the party and his favorite part was of course the cake I made for him! I adopted Patton when he was 4! He was mistreated and the owner didn't want him anymore (it was his college dog and when the guy had too much to drink...Patton was the one to suffer.) Sad, I know. But I am so glad that chapter of his life is closed! I don't see how someone could mistreat him or not want him. He is literally the sweetest dog ever and I have loved many dogs throughout the years, but none come close to Pat! He is practically a human! When I'm sad or frustrated he just walks right up to me and puts his head into my chest/shoulder to give me a hug and it seriously melts me! Anyway back to the story of how I got him... I was in absolutely NO market for a dog when I met Patton. I was a junior in college, living in a house in Auburn, Alabama with 5 other girls and at the time I couldn't imagine myself taking care of anything other than myself (that was already hard enough to do) but when I walked into my cousin's house to babysit one day during spring break everything changed! I fell in LOVE! He was a pretty dog for sure but there was something in the way he greeted me that captured my heart. I just thought my cousins had gotten another dog and asked when they got him and that I thought he was the sweetest. My cousin said "Well, we acquired him from his owner but since we already have a lab in a tiny house we just can't have another dog right now, so he is free to a good home. If you can think of someone who might want him let us know!" I immediately said "me", "I want him!" and that was it! My parents may or may not have told me not to bring him home because I couldn't keep him but......I did anyway! (best decision of my life!) Once they saw how sweet and well-behaved and well-trained he was they caved. So, Patton came to Auburn with me, all of my roommates were ecstatic about having him live with us and looked after him like their own! Let's just say he was in heaven living in a house full of girls who spoiled him! We even put a bow tie on him for our sorority formal pictures (we always had everyone over to our house!) Those last two years of college wouldn't have been the same if we hadn't had Patton! So anyways the rest is history. Now that we are living at my house in the country there is lots of room for Patton to run and explore and his favorite, lots of mud holes to get into! Ok, sorry for the long story but some of you have asked how/when I got him and that is it! He is well loved by everyone and we wanted to celebrate him turning 8! I hope you enjoy the pictures we took from Sunday and I hope you are all having a great week (it's halfway over!!!)
PATTON'S PUP-CAKE RECIPE:
2-1/2 CUPS OF WATER
1 CUP CANNED PUMPKIN
1/2 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
1/4 CUP PEANUT BUTTER (CHUNKY)
3-1/2 CUPS WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
1 CUP OATS
1 TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON CINNAMON
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together water, pumpkin, egg, vanilla and peanut butter. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix wet and dry ingredients together and stir well. Spoon into two 8-inch round baking pans. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until firm (but not too brown.) Let cool completely then stack one round on top of the other and top with cream cheese icing (in small amounts it is ok for dogs!)
Hope you guys give this recipe a try for your dog-child's next birthday! Be sure to let me know how it turns out and if they loved it!