Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It's My Party

and I'll look goofy if I want to!

Today a miraculous thing happened.

Tweed turned NINE YEARS OLD. 9!!! ZOMG!

And I he did it without me throttling his evil little red neck too. At least, not fatally.

Australian Shepherd people tell me that it takes 3 years for an Aussie to grow a brain, and 3 more for them to figure out how to use it. "And add a couple more years if they're boy Aussies!" they squeak cheerfully. Oh brother. I thought the border collie half of his brain would have kicked in sooner, but I was wrong.

Just a little less than 9 years ago, a rescuer in Washington State sent me this photo:

Gadzooks! I was smitten. I had The Puppy Fever (and look what happened! Now you know why I don't indulge in the puppy lust anymore).

But he sure was cute. He wuved his big brother Briggs.
And I had the handsomest pair o' red collies this side of the Rockies.

Of course, Tweed is evil. For many years he has defied me, tormented me, sassed me, embarrassed me and generally made me pull out my hair on too many occasions to count. My friend Elisha commented on a photo of him recently, where he was cocking his head in typical Tweed style and said "he's waiting for you to tell him what to do, so he can do the opposite!"

My friends know him so well.

But I wouldn't trade him for the world. He is hilarious, ridiculous, willful, defiant, keen, scary-smart and a character like no other.

So to celebrate, I threw him a party. Complete with a cake made of ostriches. AND I PUT THE GODDAMN MR. PICKLES NEVERENDING PEEPS TO GOOD USE TOO!!!

This cake was made by the FeelGood Treat Company and cost me twenty motherflippin' dollars at Tisol. Usually I get a personalized cake from ThreeDogBakery. I think next time I'll go back to them, because their cakes are better. For starters - no chisel required to slice the thing, and I never have a pile of ostrich confetti in a ziploc bag after it thaws.

But the dogs did not complain.


Even though we made them wear a goofy hat before we gave them the cake.

This is not happening. This is not happening. HAPPYPLACEHAPPYPLACE!

Even Sofa* got into the spirit of the party, with a little help from his dad.
*Sofa? YES! Because this big gangly puppy is everywhere, usually crashing into the back of my knees as he gambols around the office, and I end up sitting on him about 7 times an afternoon. And accidentally riding him around the office. So we have renamed him Sofa - a big, squishy, drooling fast moving Sofa.

But what kind of dog owner would I be if I didn't torment my dogs with the cake first, for your enjoyment?

But pshaw. I do this every year. Time to shake it up a little.

Cue two more dogs to torment.
Tweed got a little anxious about the competition for the cake. Piper refused to believe I had the balls to do this. Sofa didn't even understand why he was supposed to be there.

Yeah, it was good times.


It's not a real party until you bust out the whipped cream in a can!

hee hee!

I cannot believe my good fortune!

Turbo was having none of the hissy can of edible oil goodness, but he politely slurped some off Auntie Food Lady's sticky fingers.

As for Sofa ... oh the life of a puppy. This was Sofa's first experience with whipped cream.

You want me to what?

Oh I get it! I get it!!

Epitome of a good party:

Yay! I like to rock the party!

Happy 9th birthday to my Special Little Guy!!

Here's to 9 more great years! If I last that long.

For his birthday this year I am taking Tweed to the AAC Regionals in Campbell River on the May long weekend. Wish us luck!!


Molly said...

Awesome post! Happy birthday to Tweird!!!!

Laura said...

My aussie/BC/??? Sophiedawg's birthday was a few days ago (though the actual date is just a guess anyway). And when your friend says, "he's waiting for you to tell him what to do, so he can do the opposite!" I think she may in fact have mistaken Tweed for Sophie...

Happy birthday, Tweed!!!

Monique-NEBCR said...

ZOMG the pic of puppy Tweed and Briggs is absolutely priceless!

They grow up to doggone fast (pun intended). Our rescue BC Brady came to us as a whacked out 6 month old pup and just turned 7. He's a bigger puppy now than he ever was then.

Happy 9th, Tweed - you don't look a day over 5! ;)

manymuddypaws said...

Happy Birthday Tweed!!!

Victoria said...

I am a devoted follower of 3WW, and am especially in love with Tweed--so had to write my best wishes for a fine year!

Happy Birthday, Handsome!

StellaStar said...

Good luck! Happy Birthday and Congratulations (for surviving) to Tweed!

becasquared said...

Happy Woofday Tweird!

Love your exact opposites (except in the brains-or-lack-of category),

Cooper & Norton

Buzz's Food Lady said...

oh look, it happened again, I laughed my ass off!

happy birthday to Tweird!

Larissa said...

Happy Birthday Tweed you handsome Devil you!

Anonymous said...

Happy 9th!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tweed! Hope there's many more happy years to come.

Misty said...

Happy Birthday Tweed!

My dogs love the can of whipped cream too. Mac will come running from the other room when he hears the lid come off - somehow he knows. Ayla gets excited, but the hissing sound scares her, so she gets to lick my fingers instead.

I love that last picture.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tweed!

Carole said...

Happy birthday Tweed!

(At least the ones that drive you crazy are never boring...)

Philip said...

Happy Birthday Tweed!

We need more baby Tweed pictures, he is so precious!!!

c said...

Happy Birthday, Tweed! Love ya, handsome dude!

Did you make Mr. Pickles eat Peeps?

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tweed.

That last picture is gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Tweed! I just have to ask, what photo editor do you use? I have a PC and am in desperate need of a good program.

Anda said...

Ohh, Happy Birthday, you big beautiful goffy, always cussed but always loved, stubborn, gorgeous, persecuted, adored by world wide fans Tweed!

To many, many more yummy birthday cakes!

nickelsmum said...

I love "Oh, I get it! I get it!"

Happy NINTH Tweed!

dreameyce said...

Wait, wait, WAIT! Hold on here... HOW long do I have to wait for my Aussie mix, Cove to come around? He's 5 1/2 now... ;0P

Happy birthday handsome red thing! Congrats on doing so well at the national!

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

that was a lovely and funny post! what a handsome dog -
happy birthday Tweed.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful birthday blog. My border collie (Maggie) turned 14 on May 10. I'm hoping for many more years with her.