year of the dog

July 11, 2017

Today is Mia’s birthday, mas o menos, according to her intake papers. The humans being as they are in our household, a sort of a big deal was made.


This is a cake. It is a meat cake. This means that I touched raw hamburger with my fingers, although when the time came it appeared that I wasn’t actually ok with it touching my mini cake pan. A lot of personal bucking up occurred, and I decided the hamburger would go into the pan tinfoil first. I just sort of baked it according to meatball instructions, and it actually turned out super cute. That is sweet potato frosting, and festive sprinkles a’la ye olde vegetable medley.

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Mia sat like a statue while we very quietly sang happy birthday so that the neighbors wouldn’t hear us and know for sure that we were that kind of people. Such a mannerly dog when the potential for chow exists.


She was sitting so hard she basically bunnyhopped from sitting inside to sitting outside, an arrangement cleverly managed to avoid mash all over the floor. Not that we should have worried. Everything basically disappeared directly into her face.


Lucky, of course, celebrated in her own way.


We also ‘resurrected’ Sharkie, which means that we went to Ikea and bought another one, like the lying humans we are. The ‘reunion’ was a touching affair, radiating as much sincerity and violence as when long lost dragons meet.


I like to dream that one day far in the blissful future I will look at this picture and think, ‘I can’t even imagine that our dog ever destroyed a carpet quite so thoroughly.’

Year one: so far so good.


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