A Dog Birthday Party Fit for a Chow
I’m coming to the realization that I’m one of those crazy dog people.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve probably been well aware of this for some time now.
I like to dress my dog up in costumes, show pictures of him to random people in the grocery store, and have full-fledged conversations with him as if he has some insightful opinion on whether my new Puma Rose Gold Wedge Sneakers and my black leather leggings look a little too edgy together.
My full awareness of the situation was only brought to light — to me that is — after I decided to do something usually reserved for parents of show dogs and Hollywood heiresses…
…I threw Mr. Chow a birthday party.
This wasn’t a little family get together where the BF and I bought Chowzy a dog-friendly cupcake and spent a nice evening together watching Santa Paws.
No, this was a legit birthday blowout with all of his best doggie pals at Zoom Room Hollywood.
To be fair, doggie b-days aren’t that uncommon out here. They’re actually a surprisingly integral part of the L.A. social scene.
Still, my friends were a little suspect about the idea.
However, once I mentioned dessert and drinks would be provided, the guest list quickly filled up.
But what exactly do you serve at a doggie birthday party you ask? I’ll start with the human treats…
My favorite creation for the event was a skinny version of the classic cocktail, the Moscow Mule, which I dubbed “The Moscow Mutt.”
Instead of using actual ginger beer in this (which has no alcohol and 38 grams of sugar) I used Zevia‘s delicious Stevia-sweetened Ginger Ale mixed with vodka and lime juice to make the drink.
No one was the wiser, and I saved everyone about 12 grams of sugar per drink.
A Skinny Moscow Mule aka The Moscow Mutt
3 oz. Zevia Ginger Ale
2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lime Juice
Mix vodka and lime juice together and pour over ice. Top off with the ginger ale. Add about a tsp. of sweetener if necessary. I liked mine without — the Zevia is sweet enough — but a lot of people are used to very sugary cocktails. Garnish with mint and a lime wedge.
Total Calories: 135
PS: That’s all for the vodka. Lighten it up even more by using half the amount of vodka and more ginger ale.
I also served up some amazing vegan and gluten-free Black Bean Brownies that I found on Chocolate Covered Katie, which I affectionately dubbed, “Skinny Bitch Brownies.”
Now don’t get your panties in a bunch, I’m referring to the female dog variation of the word.
These. Were. Incredible.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try a black bean brownie recipe. They were so gooey and chocolately that you seriously could not tell there were beans in there. These are a must make and they’re being added to my regular recipe rotation. I’m actually planning on making a peanut butter version next, get ready.
The skinny bitches were accompanied by melt-in-your-mouth, vegan “Chow-colate Chip Cookies” from Oh She Glows…
…and some “Sniffer-doodles.” These were not healthy so I won’t be providing a recipe (I gotta cater to the masses too).
Which brings us to the doggie treats.
I made these “Barkin’ Biscuits” from a recipe I found just by googling healthy dog treats. The recipe turned out to be way to dense though so I added water and a little honey to sweeten.
Healthy Dog Cookies/Biscuits
2 C. Wheat/White Flour
1/2 C. Pumpkin
3 T. Peanut Butter
1/4 C. Water
1 Tsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Salt
Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together until they form a dough. Add more water or flour depending on consistency. Lightly flour a working space and roll out your dough. Cut out fun shapes or use your hands to form into bones. Place cookies on a baking sheet with wax paper and bake for 20 minutes.
I was so impressed with how the cookie biscuits turned out. The dogs went wild for them. My friend even suggested I package them. Uh huh, I’m big time now.
The highlight of the baked goods though had to be the Bone Cake. This was another recipe I found online but then ended up majorly revamping.
The dogs were also pretty crazy about this one. So crazy, that we had a a fight breakout at the end.
Note to self: do not just toss an entire cake into a group of hungry dogs.
If you cut this into pieces and serve it properly though, I guarantee it will be the highlight of any doggie party.
Big-Boned Doggie Birthday Cake
1 C. White/Wheat Flour
1/4 C. Peanut Butter (no salt or sugar added)
1/4 C. Coconut Oil
1 C. Shredded Carrots
1/2 C. Pumpkin
1/4 C. Honey
1/4 C. Water
Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Heat oven to 350. Add all ingredients together and bake in a greased rectangular pan for about 20 minutes. Once the cake has cooled, use a knife to cut it into a bone shape. Transfer to a nice serving plate. Use a blender or food processor to puree the cottage cheese to a smooth consistency and ice your cake. Using an icing tool or simply a plastic bag with the corner cut off, use the remaining peanut butter to personalize a birthday message.
A big thank you to all my friends who attended Mr. Chow’s soiree. It meant a lot to him, he told me himself.
And thank you to Zevia for providing the delicious healthy sodas that fueled the party, and inspiring my new favorite cocktail: the Skinny Moscow Mule, aka Moscow Mutt.
If you’re interested in adopting an adorable Chow to fill your life with happiness and turn you into a raving, dog-obsessed lunatic, please visit the Adopt-A-Chow website.
Contrary to popular belief, Chow’s are the sweetest dogs ever and so cute, fluffy, and loyal.
There are so many of them in need of a good home here in L.A.
Mr. Chow has been an overwhelming positive presence in our little family since we brought him home last December and I can’t imagine my life without him.
*This post is linked to Marvelous in my Monday.