A Puppy’s 1st Birthday

On Sunday our gorgeous little Benny celebrated his first birthday. It seems like only yesterday that he was a tiny pup who nicked my laundry and chewed on my make up brushes.  

puppy beagle spaniel benny

We decided to take him to Frensham Little Pond, a lovely area of heathland, woods and a large pond with sandy shores.

benny puppy first birthday

frensham little pond wood forest trees sunlight
 He had the time of his life splashing about, chasing sticks (that were a little ambitious in size) and rolling about in the sand. I attached my GoPro to him, ready to capture footage for ‘Dog Cam’, a new feature on my upcoming YouTube videos (I will provide links when they are uploaded).

puppy birthday giant stick  puppy birthday water

puppy birthday stick gopro

Even Elsie and I joined in, jumping around in the freezing waters!

eppie shepherd jump puppy birthday

sister jump water puppy birthday

 We met some gorgeous little pups including a 4 month old beagle who  I struggled to resist kidnapping! Although not every dog was quite as cute. As we chatted away to an owner, her naughty greyhound came sniffing over to Mum’s handbag, quickly running off with Benny’s bag of treats in his mouth!

beagle puppy

After chasing Benny around the pond, we headed over to The Bluebell, a dog friendly pub in Dockenfield with a large outdoor garden and play area. 

the bluebell dockenfield menu sunday roast

benny puppy first birthday

Mum, Alan and I were immediately tempted by the roast duck, served with a creamy cauliflower purée, honey roasted carrots and a must-have Yorkshire pudding. 

duck pub roast dinner sunday

It was honestly one of the best pub dinners I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a fair few! We couldn’t leave without satisfying our sweet tooth so I opted for the sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream.

sticky toffee pudding

Back at home, it was time for Benny to make a birthday wish as we presented him with a homemade birthday cake made up of two tiers of dog friendly liver cake,  cream cheese and peanut butter icing and hot dog decorations (learn how to make one for your pup here).

puppys first birthday cake

After a quick sniff, he delved straight in, woofing down a whole tier in less than thirty seconds!

puppys first birthday cake

All with very full bellies, we collapsed on the sofa whilst Benny dreamed of chasing sticks and hot dogs.

puppys first birthday



  1. Mark Stock
    22nd September 2015 / 9:12 am

    Benny in his party hat is my favourite. I don’t think I ever wanted a dog of my own more than right now x

  2. Pia
    22nd September 2015 / 8:50 am

    OMG that’s sooooo lovely! My talented girl 🙂

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