This post is about a very different kind of beautiful minds. They are selfless, they always love you, and the least you can do is love them back, wholeheartedly.
I was the only child and I grew up with my best friend, my dog, Hester. She was this huge German Shepard, who grew up to twice my size within a year. She was my sister in arms. And we’d do all kinds of crazy things together. I’d paint her nails, drape dupattas over her and pretend she was a princess, don her with jewellery and I do believe she actually felt like a princess then!
After her, we had Zorro. A black Labrador who was my mom’s lifeline. He listened to every word she said and obeyed her, much more than I did ever!
It’s nice when your child grows up with a pet. Because it teaches them valuable life lessons that us, as humans are not so capable of teaching. What I learnt growing up with one, was how animals who can’t really, verbally communicate with you, can be your best pals. Friends that you treasure for life, way after they’re gone. They teach you to be patient. They teach you what it feels like to be unconditionally loved without expecting anything in return. They teach you that they will always be there for you no matter what, without expecting the same from you. They teach you how to have fun without inhibitions. They teach you how two living beings who are very different, can live so peacefully and happily with each other without being overbearing. They teach you love, they teach you compassion, they teach you respect and they teach you how to live a happy life.
Recently our current family member Shadow, also a black Labrador, celebrated his 2nd birthday with much pomp and show. His friends were invited, the neighbours’ yard was borrowed and we made and cut a beautiful cake for his birthday.
When you are baking a cake for your paw pal, there are multiple restrictions and I don’t like adding any unnatural additives to what they eat. So here’s a recipe that will make them paws happy and of course your kids can contribute to the cake baking process, not just because it’s fun, but because it’s super-duper easy.
Baked Mango Cake for the Doggie yo!
This recipe yields about a kilo and a half of cake.
- First up, take the pulp of a seasonal fruit, 2 ½ cups of it, like mango, or banana or apples or strawberry or any fruit your pet like. To make the pulp, get your kids to do it. It’s a messy job, kids love the messy bit and you can save yourself from it! Just make sure you have the bath water and an extra pair of clothes ready for the little chefs post this endeavour.
- Toast 1 ½ cups on peanuts with peels on. Once cooled, blend them to a butter consistency. You could also add 3 tbsp. of coconut oil (which is very good for your pooches and us too) and give it a good grind until you get creamy peanut butter.
- In a mixing bowl, add the fruit pulp, add one egg at a time and mix well until the egg is combined. Add the other 5 eggs in the same process. Now fold in the peanut butter till the batter is well combined.
- Grease a 12’ cake tin with coconut oil. Pour the batter and bake in a pre – heated oven at 200 degrees for 40 minutes or until you poke a fork in the centre and it comes out clean.
- Decorate the cake with treats and goodies that your pooch likes. I decorated mine with treats and frozen watermelon domes. And, Shadow and his friends loved it!
This post is a little different from most of my posts. It talks about kids, just of a different kind. Let your kids grow up with a pet. A lot of lessons that you wonder how you’d teach them, they’d learn on their own. Because when they grow up together and understand each other way more than you as a parent can imagine! Bake the cake, have a piece yourself to, it’s delicious. I can vouch for it! Let me how it goes in the comments section. And if there’s any other cake you’d like me to throw light up on, let me know of that too. Looking forward to many more doggie birthdays to come.
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