Somebody here at the Retro Ranch had a birthday right after Christmas — yup, Leo is a Christmas puppy. He’s not much of a puppy anymore though — this year he turned six. It seems like just yesterday I could hold him in one arm! Where has all the time gone?

Now for cuteness overload:


That’s our Leo when he was just a bitty baby puppy — fresh from the Humane Society and only three months old.baby-leo-chases-kate kate-and-baby-leo

His favorite thing to do (besides eat, sleep and chew on everything) was to chase me around the back yard of our old house. mmm-cake

Of course we celebrate Leo’s birthday every year. He gets a new toy, an extra long walk, playtime in the back yard (no matter how cold it is) and I make him a dog cake. Your heard me right — a cake just for Leo.


Leo thinks this is the best thing ever. He loves his birthday cake and the fact that he doesn’t have to share it with anyone else. I don’t let him eat the whole thing in one sitting, I usually cut it into four sections and he gets one section per day until it is gone.

Dog cake

Since I know you’ll ask what is in it, here is the recipe:

Leo’s birthday cake (for dogs!)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour (I use whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I use creamy natural peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil (I use canola)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Mix dry and wet ingredients together quickly. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

I have a small round pan that I use just for Leo’s birthday cake. I pack the mix in tightly (it is more like dough than cake mix) and it turns out just perfectly. I’ve heard that you can “frost” this cake with cottage cheese or plain yogurt if you want to go the extra mile and your dog is into that stuff, but I always give this to Leo sans frosting — he doesn’t seem to mind at all!

Happy birthday to the most loyal, most loving, cutest, and greatest furry coworker and companion a girl could ask for. We love you Leo!


9 thoughts on “HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY LEO

  1. Happy 6th birthday to my granddog Leo …. you bring so much happiness into Kate and Jim’s lives and we brag on you all the time. 🙂 You are one smart and lovable pup!

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