Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Elka!

Four years ago today, my little Elka V was born! It's hard to believe that she's four; she's still so much like a puppy. Inquisitive, excitable, full of boundless energy......

Dogs don't know it's their birthdays, of course, but it was present time anyway. We took a field trip to the Feed and Seed, and spent some time squeaking toys in the toy aisle (well, I squeaked them. Elka reacted or didn't), and then smelling the dried animal parts treats, and Elka made her selections. I tried to take pictures there, honestly I did, but Elka was SO EXCITED and I thought it best to keep track of her and reinforce attention and listening skills instead.

We got a BIG Bad Cuz  (I didn't know they made them this size!) The squeaker is a little more squawky, which she seems to like a great deal. I've been happy with JW Pets toys, so I didn't mind getting this one. Our original Bad Cuz still has its feet and everything, but Elka is more enthusiastic about playing with it sometimes than others. This one, though larger, is harder to squeak (or squawk) and I think that adds to the fun.

She also picked a beef tendon, which was labeled "Made in USA" and didn't smell nearly as bad as the bully sticks the store had, so I was happy to go along with it. Once home, I had to remind her a couple of times she couldn't eat it on the couch, and she bounced around with both the toy and the treat for some time, before crunching the beef away.

I thought about making another peanut butter mug cake, but didn't get there for today (yeah, I know it's super fast. Sue me). Maybe this weekend!


  1. Happy Birthday, ELKA!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Elka! We're both celebrating today. I hope it's a perfect day, and that you have many more to celebrate!

  3. Happy Birthday Elka, and many many more!

  4. Happy Birthday, Elka! Glad your special day included treats.

  5. I keep forgetting to celebrate birthdays and gotcha days. What a bad dog mama I am.

    Happy birthday, sweet girl. Appreciate your human.

  6. Oh Elka, Happy Happy Burthday Gurl!!!!! Oh, You picked out the same toys I would have picked!!! Thou, I always chew the squeaker out (or in, cause luckily they most always fall into the toy so I can't eat em'! hehehe)
    Oh, and I LOVES the tendons!! Ma buys the Red Barn tendon's when she can find smell at all. Butts sometimes they are hard to find (like now).
    I hopes you get that cake, butts maybe some frosty paws!!

  7. Oh, beautiful Elka... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Birthday woofs from Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie, too :-)

  8. Happy birthday, Elka. You beautiful girl, you age gracefully. Or should I say you're not ageing gracefully, because you look like you're two years old :)

    Hope you had a great day!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday, Princess Elka!
    May you celebrate many more!

    Kaiser & Farrusquinho