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.