I can't believe where the last year has gone, as yesterday Arla turned 1!
We first met Arla when she was 5 weeks old, and took her home at 8 weeks and 3 days old and since then, Tom and I have been completely in love with her.

Happy 1st Birthday Arla bear!

Arla's 1st Birthday!
For a lot of people, having a birthday party for a dog seems ridiculous and crazy, but Arla isn't just a pet to us, she's like our child.

I've wanted a dog my whole life and have dreamt of owning a Pug for the last 10 years since I was 11. Going through Bipolar and depression from a very young age I always knew having a dog who had to depend on me would be amazing as having a companion to spend every day with.

Arla has made a huge difference to my mental health situation and she helps me so much!
She makes me feel loved and wanted, she makes me laugh and has me to depend on.
She gives Tom peace of mind too when he's away with work that I'll be okay because I have Arla to keep me company. She's so playful and cuddly that we're like best friends, she never leaves my side.

I've been such a happier and settled person since Arla came into our lives and she gives me something to live for and to wake up every morning with her so happy to see me is so special.

So, yes it's a little crazy to have a birthday party for her, but why the hell not?

"Mum, stop taking pictures of me now I want to eat the cake!"
I wanted Arla to have a birthday cake, but not just for the birthday party effect, but an actual dog friendly birthday cake she can enjoy with her puppy pals!

So I read lots of online recipes including Zoella's and created these adorable Pupcakes!
Arla absolutely loved them!

Pupcakes are a great idea to treat your pooch on their birthday!

To Make 6 Large Pupcakes you will need:
180g of Plain Flour
90g of Porridge Oats
1tsp of Baking Powder
150g of Honey
1 Banana
2tbs of Dog Friendly Peanut Butter
(Available from Pet Shops)
150ml of Milk

2 Pots of Cream Cheese
2tbs of Dog Friendly Peanut Butter

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 180 Degrees Celcius.

Step 2:
Put all ingredients (chop the banana) into a mixer a mixer at a high speed until everything is mixed together.

Step 3:
Spoon mixture into cake cases and fill 70% of the cupcake case leaving some room for rising.

Step 4:
Bake for 15-20 Mins until fully cooked through.

Step 5:
Remove from over and leave to cool, while making frosting.

Step 6:
Put frosting ingredients into mixer and mix at high speed and whip as much as possible.

Step 7:
Once cooled, spoon frosting onto cupcakes and decorate with dog treat before placing into the fridge to set.

Step 8:
Give them to your pet and see what they think!
Arla loved hers.

Pupcakes are a cute and healthy idea to give your pooch as a unique birthday treat!

Arla had a few birthday visitors and got spoilt rotten with lots of toys and treats that kept her entertained all evening...

But after all the fun, it all got a little too much for piglet and she slept like a baby for hours on end!
So cute.

"What even is a birthday anyway?"
She was well and truly party pooped.

Thanks for reading, and for all of the Birthday wishes for Arla on my social media you're all super lovely!

Lots of love,

Charlie + Arla xo

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