Lola P’s birthday was back in March, just before I started blogging again, and I realised only this week that I hadn’t posted ANY of the photos, and oh my god, how terrible, because they still make me laugh.
A true diva such as Lola Pug requires a bit of a splash on her birthday (11 years, dears – where has the time gone?!?), so the menus were planned, the (two) guests were invited, the party hats were unearthed, and the celebrations BEGAN!
Well. The photobooth was set up, is what I mean to say.
Lola P is really *such* a pro.
The crazy and overwhelming joy felt in the photobooth was only amplified when the Fuppies came over and joined the party.
Can you feel it?
Can you feel the love and joy and complete celebration?
Ten years ago, a very special pug was born. This scampy, feisty, opinionated little girl would change my life in all sorts of wonderful ways, so it was not even a question that we would celebrate her 10th birthday in a memorable way.
I promised The Bean a few things on her birthday…we would go to visit as many of her favourite people as we could, I would not open my laptop all day (cellphone didn”t count – I had to take photos!), and I wouldn’t touch her with my feet while we were cuddled on the sofa that night (she hates it when I do that).
The morning started with Birthday wishes from far away friends…
…which she seemed to appreciate….
We received a VERY special message from her friends in Illinois, Donald and Daisy. Daisy was clearly *deeply* impressed with the whole birthday wish idea.
After a little breakfast and a short constitutional, we trekked to the other side of the city to visit some dear friends who we haven’t seen in ages…and who also happen to make some of the most adorable and delicious cookies we’ve ever seen.
Not only was Lola Pug positively showered with love by the amazing team at Mad Batter Bakers, but she has her very own, personalised Lola Pug cookies now!
Lola Pug was truly made to feel like the star that she is, but the Mad Batter team had cookies to make, and we had deliveries to set out on, so we had to tear ourselves away. But don’t worry – we’ll get back to the cookies in a little bit.
Our first stop on our way home was to visit Lola Pug’s amazing health care team and her beloved Uncle Deji.
She loves going to see them (so weird, but I’m thrilled), so we *had* to stop by for a quick celebration of treats and a rousing serenade of the Happy Birthday song.
Lola’s Uncle Deji has eagle eyes, and he quickly spotted the personalised tag on the Lola Pug cookies.
We left the team happily munching on the best soft gingerbread in the city, and we headed home to take a bit of a nap after a busy morning.
But first, we must take a closer look at these amazing cookies…
I’d say the resemblance is uncanny. But Lola Pug’s belly can’t handle cookies, so she was sadly denied.
And before you say, “But I could never eat such a cute cookie!”, trust me when I say that you’d be missing out on a whole lot of baking goodness if you didn’t eat the cookie.
I know. It’s unfair to talk about all of this deliciousness and not let you have any, Bean.
We settled in for a nap, and rested up for our next, big birthday day.
What? You think ONE DAY is enough time to celebrate with all of our best friends?
Wait until you see who we’re going to visit NEXT!
But first, we nap. …and maybe eat some cookies. I *might* have brought a bag (or three) of extra gingerbread home from the bakery, just to make sure I don’t eat all of the pug cookies we have for our human friends.
As pretty much any pet parent knows, there comes a moment when we start to dread our furkids’ birthdays. Me, well, I’ve been mourning Lola Pug’s advancing age ever since she got out of her crazy puppy stage, so when her ninth birthday hit this week, I was all dread and gloom in my heart…
But that’s no way to live life, is it?
Celebrations must be had, so I brought out Lola’s “Special Occasion” porcelain Imari bowl, and a celebration dinner was presented.
But what’s a proper birthday without guests?
We were SO lucky to have Roxy back at Casa Lola with us, and she even brought a gift with her…
Always eager to help out her little cousin, Roxy showed Lola the gift, and tried to explain how to open it…
…but Lola didn’t seem to be too impressed, so Roxy took matters into her own hands…paws…face….
While Roxy played with her birthday gift to Lola Pug (Squirrel Log joy!), Lola told me exactly what she thought of her birthday so far….
But don’t despair, Pug! With the food eaten, and the gifts opened, there was only one thing left to do.
Well. I can see that Lola was totally enjoying herself.
What’s up, Roxy? You don’t like your party hat?
I clearly can’t pretend that it’s very dignified, but if anyone can pull this off, it’s you, little bird.
That’s a bit better.
…perhaps I shouldn’t have been laughing so much.
Happy Birthday, my little Pug Overlord. And thank you for sharing it with your cousin and me.