Amelia is officially a year old. And in human years that translates to seven big ones. She’s basically a second grader. I’ve learned quite a bit from raising a three-month old corgi until now…
I’m no dog mama pro but here are a few things I’ve learned:
1. Corgis bark A LOT. Amelia grumbles at me when I tell her “no.” She talks back. She has attitude. She can be a jerk sometimes. We get in a lot of mother/daughter arguments. I honestly had no idea that you could argue with a dog until she came into my life.
2. There’s nothing worse for a dog than being left alone. This is their worst nightmare. This is torture. They’re the clingiest, neediest friends you could ever have. Their desperation is borderline embarrassing. And yet their neediness is what I love the most. Does this make me a sad person?
3. Dogs are kind of expensive. They don’t tell you this but between chew toys and dog beds and blankets and food…dogs are pricey. You also have to factor in the cast of the brand new shoes they’ll ruin. Their destruction is heartless.
4. Dogs can sense when you’re upset. This might be a lil’ hippie of me, but I when I’m upset or crying, Amelia can sense it. She usually comes and sniffs my face and then sits next to me. She knows me.
And it makes me feel all fuzzy inside to know that she cares. She’s kind of like one of my best friendz.
5. Dogs hate wearing costumes/hats/t-shirts/cones. I’m not the type to torture Amelia on a daily basis and put sneakers on her (yes, people do this in LA), have her wear dresses, etc. (plus she’s a tomboy, guys!), but the few times I’ve put clothes on her SHE HATES IT. This is torture!
Please don’t do this to your dog. I know you need to for like 15 minutes every now and then. And Halloween is a big exception because it’s funny, but don’t make it a regular thing. Dogs hate this. Let them have their dignitity! And plus, they get hot easily.
6. Girl dogs aren’t lady-like. I thought having a girl dog would be a walk in the park. No marking, no humping, etc., but Amelia is very far from being lady-like. When she eats she gets all excited and frisky, runs around the house like a lunatic and then comes up to my face to say hi and then…BURPS! I own a dog that burps.
Thanks Amelia for forcing me to go outside to go on walks. Thanks for always starting the day with kisses and grumbles and steps on my head. Thanks for being the lovable creature I signed up for.
And thanks for having super short legs–they make me laugh at least once a day.
Dog Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 cups garbanzo flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup water
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoon honey
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. I used this silicone bone mold from Amazon and didn’t bother greasing it. Alternatively, you can use a 7-inch round cake pan; but it’d advise buttering it and then coating it in flour.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the garbanzo flour and baking soda. Add the shredded carrots, almond butter, honey, olive oil, eggs and water.
3. Spoon the batter into the cake pan and smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Transfer to the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, and until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and honey to a medium bowl. Using a hand-mixer, whisk the two together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
5. Spoon the frosting onto the cake’s top and smooth it out using a butter knife or offset spatula. Happy Birthday!
Makes one 7-inch cake