Everyone believes in something; and Miss Soho the Pop Tart believes in féte. As in let’s have a party!
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.
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.
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.
Soho’s longtime groomers, Cathy McGarry and Kirstie McCormick, prepped her for her big day:
We decorated in drought chic; balloons instead of bedding plants:
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.
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.
Soho was showered with gifts and cards. Lots of treats to share with Chloe, and our dear
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!