Last weekend was Shania and Sephy’s combined Birthday extravaganza!
Shania is now 2 years old.
Sephy is 3 and starting to develop white whiskers!
Here is what happened …
1. Opening of Birthday presents
First, the presents arrived.
Both Shiba and Siberian had much fun opening their Birthday packages. In fact, both dogs probably had more fun with the packaging than with the toys.
2. Spa scratch session
Then we moved on to the spa scratch session of our program.
The dogs got to relax to the music of Air Supply, and much wonderful scratching and tummy rubs were delivered by trained experts.
3. Brunch and new toys session
After the nice r&r session, the dogs are ready for brunch.
First, I cut off all the tags, strings, and plastic tabs from the toy. Then I remove the squeaky balls from inside the toy. My Shiba destroys those balls in a matter of seconds.
Then I fill it with little pieces of boiled chicken, throw in some kibble, and stuff in a Hollee Roller Ball. The ball makes it more challenging to get the food out.
Result – Good, wholesome fun for everyone!
4. Walk in the hills
Now we are ready for some action!
Time for the doggy daily walk in the hills. This includes some great exploration across grassy and hilly terrain, as well as hunting and digging for earth critters.
5. Nap and cake making
Even Energizer Bunny Shania needs to nap sometime, and after a long walk, she is ready for some shut-eye.
We also start making their favorite peanut-butter, carrot, and honey cake with rice flour.
Both my Shiba and Siberian are allergic to wheat so we replace regular wheat flour with rice flour and some guar gum – YUM!
6. Apple bobbing and Chicken bobbing
Since it is Halloween time, I thought it would be fun to have an apple bobbing session.
We filled a small tub with water and put in two apples.
Unfortunately, apple bobbing is no challenge at all for Siberian Shania. She gets the apple in a second and is off.
Shiba Sephy is more cautious and unsure about this whole wet, weird game. Finally he decides that getting his royal Shiba paws wet, just for an apple, is not really worth it.
Both Shiba and Siberian were not too interested in the apples, so I pushed in some small pieces of chicken jerky and they had fun getting that out of the apples.
This led me to my next brainstorm …
which was to do chicken bobbing. I broke up some small pieces of dry chicken and threw them into the tub of water. As you can see, Siberian Shania is a pro at fishing out those chicken pieces.
She is a very smart and wonderful dog!
Meanwhile … Shiba Sephy just mooches for his chicken!
7. Birthday cake and birthday song
Finally, it is birthday cake and birthday song time.
There is a lot of singing, licks, and dripping saliva. Everyone waits patiently for the good stuff.
And then there are obedience commands, cake, and cake stuffed in interactive toys.
It is a good doggy birthday, and a fun weekend for all!