There are a few elements you need to execute a birthday party well: a guest list; decorations; games; and, of course, the cake.
If your guests are dogs, these elements doesn’t change much — at least not for this family.
The family and their guests include a mix of adopted and fostered pups. The dogs came dressed and ready to celebrate two birthdays: the resident dachshund, Penelope, is turning 14, while one of the pit bull mixes, Emmett, is celebrating his 7th birthday.
Lest you think that the smaller (and older) party guests didn’t get their fair share — rest assured, cake was doled out evenly after the first round was consumed, according to Heather Stephenson, who headed up the puppy party planning.
Until recently, Evan was a long-term foster pup with the Stephensons and another local family. Now, he’s been adopted, and will live out his retirement in a loving forever home. As you can see, he still maintains a full social calendar.
The youngest guest was Dottie, a cake-eater-in-training who is still learning from her dog elders. (Dottie is available for adoption through Twin Cities Pet Rescue.)
Other than Dottie, all of the pups in attendance have had ample practice as party guests. They’re still talking about Evan’s 4th of July-themed party from earlier this summer.
Though the party itself — and the accompanying outfits — was unbearably cute, this family of adopted and fostered pups have also become masters of cleaning up after party time is over.
If you’re feeling inspired, the Stephensons have shared their top-secret (but very simple) doggie birthday cake recipe. Heather Stephenson suggests adding an icing made with peanut butter and Greek yogurt.
Happy birthday, Penelope and Emmett — here’s to many more!