This Dog’s Life: Soho’s Birthday Party!

Everyone believes in something; and Miss Soho the Pop Tart believes in féte. As in let’s have a party!

Only the best for Miss Soho. (Photo credit: Fred Allen)

Only the best for Miss Soho.
(Photo credit: Fred Allen)

Soho is our “what kind of dog is that?” pup. Back when Daniel was turning twelve, he wanted a small dog. Truthfully, I was not a small-dog person, so my research tended toward “small dog with big dog personality” and I found myself reading about the playful Coton de Tulear, known as the “royal dog of Madagascar”. I’m good with royalty, I thought, and soon, a puppy arrived in time for Daniel’s birthday. Daniel is grown and gone, but Soho is still here, teaching us how to be her royal subjects.

Soho's puppy portrait.

Soho’s puppy portrait.

According to the AKC (American Kennel Club) which just this year included the Coton de Tulear in its ranks, the breed’s “primary occupation is to provide amusement, comfort and companionship to their favorite human.” This might possibly be a roundabout way of saying that they are basically useless and not all that smart. But Missy the Tart (known as the Pop Tart for her ability to pop obligingly into a lap) is smart enough to get herself an occasional birthday party.

I think the first one was back in 2007.  And, by popular demand, we’ve repeated the tradition every few years since then.

Kirk and Chadd help Soho celebrate her birthday in 2007.

Kirk and Chadd help Soho celebrate her birthday in 2007.

Chadd missed this year's party, but Kirk was here to celebrate with the Tart.

Chadd missed this year’s party, but Kirk was here to celebrate with the Tart. Neither of them has changed much in the intervening years.

This year, we celebrated Soho’s 11th birthday on April 11, appropriately at 11 a.m. Tammy Kronen of Kronen’s Kitchen and Events does not blink an eye when you say you want a catered birthday party for a dog. This is because her dog, Oliver, is possibly more human than most people you or I know.

Bizarrely, I don't have a photo of Tammy, but of course I have one of her dog, Oliver!

Bizarrely, I don’t have a photo of Tammy, but of course I have one of her dog, Oliver!

Soho’s longtime groomers, Cathy McGarry and Kirstie McCormick, prepped her for her big day:

We won't mention the fact that Soho rolled in the dirt minutes before her guests arrived. Oops.

We won’t mention the fact that Soho rolled in the dirt minutes before her guests arrived. Oops.

We decorated in drought chic; balloons instead of bedding plants:

Balloons are in place. The birthday girl awaits her guests.

Balloons are in place. The birthday girl awaits her guests.

The CE all ready for hosting duties.

The CE all ready for hosting duties.

I saw the paper flower garlands in House Beautiful magazine. They are available at Target.

I saw the paper flower garlands in House Beautiful magazine. They are available at Target.

Why yes, of course, there was a harpist.

Why yes, of course, there was a harpist.

Tammy planned a scrumptious brunch menu: passed canapés, biscuits with ham, a waffle bar, fruit and, of course, Bloody Mary’s and Champagne to toast the Tart.

There were lots of fun bites to eat.

There were lots of fun bites to eat.

These were my personal downfall.

These were my personal downfall.

And that cake! It tasted as good as it looked! It came from Your Cake Baker by Wayne Kjar, whose web site tag line is “When in doubt…eat cake”. Seems like reasonable advice!

We are so fortunate to have animal-loving friends who don’t hesitate to drop everything on a Saturday morning and come to a fluff head puppy’s birthday party. It was so great to have everyone together on a beautiful spring day.

Dave and Karen are on Soho's VIP list!

Dave and Karen are on Soho’s VIP list!

Also in Soho's "in crowd" is Pamela.

Also in Soho’s “in crowd” is Pamela.

Granny was there, of course, along with my friend, Pat, and Soho's long-time groomers, Cathy and Kirstie.

Granny was there, of course, along with my friend, Pat, and Soho’s long-time groomers, Cathy and Kirstie.

Sharon looked pretty in pink!

Sharon looked pretty in pink!

Jeff consoled Chloe, who never gets a birthday party.

Jeff consoled Chloe, who never gets a birthday party.

Kronens were well represented!

Kronens and Hamills were well represented!

Al, Marsha, Elizabeth and John.

Al, Marsha, Elizabeth and John.

Julia with Henry, who was the only dog to receive a personal party invitation from Soho. Notice his tie.

Julia with Henry, who was the only dog to receive a personal party invitation from Soho. Notice his tie.

Clockwise, from left: Fred, Kim, Judy, Sharon, Mary, Wendy Duncan and Suzie.

Clockwise, from left: Fred, Kim, Judy, Sharon, Mary, Wendy Duncan and Suzie.

Rebecca, Victoria and Phyllis.

Rebecca, Victoria and Phyllis.

Victoria came all the way up from LA to deliver a personal birthday cake to the Tart.

Victoria came all the way up from LA to deliver a personal birthday cake to the Tart.

Soho was showered with gifts and cards. Lots of treats to share with Chloe, and our dear

Paws down, Soho is the luckiest of dogs!

Paws down, Soho is the luckiest of dogs!

neighbors, Jo and Caroline, even gifted the chickens with a giant bag of dried mealworms. Yum!

Lots of fun and frivolity was had, and we are grateful to all who attended. Of course, Soho is aware that not all dogs are as pampered as she is, so she has made a donation to DAWG, our local no-kill shelter, in memory of our beloved vet, Dr. Ron Faoro.

Cotons are known to be healthy and long-lived, so mark your calendars for 2017, when we will gather for the next Tarty Party!

Pamela brought this adorable Soho daisy doppleganger.

Pamela brought this adorable Soho daisy doppleganger.

 

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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9 Responses to This Dog’s Life: Soho’s Birthday Party!

  1. citymama says:

    happy birthday, Tart!!!! can you please tell my human I am in my tuxedo, ready to attend in 2017! lots of love and happiness, Sir Tiny.

  2. Sharon Granoff says:

    Marilyn, I love all the photos and was so glad to be included in this year’s party. It was gorgeous and lots of fun. Sharon

  3. Katherine says:

    There’s a bit of a resemblance between baby Soho and Luna, isn’t there? Maybe not as close as the bouquet and grownup Soho.
    Looks like another glorious event Chez Gutsche.
    (Can someone tell me why Kirk looks younger now than in the earlier photo? What black magic is involved? And I’m not above trying it.)

  4. Marsha Roberson says:

    What a splendid party, Marilyn and Steven! The caterer was amazing and we so enjoyed the lovely day with terrific people (AND dogs!). Great photos (including those WILD hiking moms), but where’s Marilyn? Thank you again for including us in the festivities.

    Hugs,
    Marsha & Al

  5. Mrs. G says:

    Oh my!!! Soho knows how to throw amazing and beautiful parties!!!!!
    PS. Pearlie says happy birthday Soho!!!

  6. dizzyguy says:

    Such a grand time for all. And then the queen, when hearing there was no bread, declared “Let them eat cake”, we did exactly that. Thanks to all guests for sharing a few hours of silliness with us!

  7. Wendy says:

    It was a wonderful party and I enjoyed celebrating with so many of Soho’s dear friends. Thank you again!

  8. tdevir says:

    Amazing pics! The food, the drought-friendly decorations, and oh my the gifts!!! Perfect party to celebrate sweet Soho 🙂

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