Sunshine and Rain

Gretchen is worn out from all the birthday celebrations.  They started after midnight, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, when the Knight couldn’t help himself and gave them the first  round of treats. 

So much for the furball red-eye fixer

So much for the furball red-eye fixer






Then, both dogs had pudding cups for breakfast.  (Yes, the Knight admitted he was copying Air Bud, where the title character was fed pudding cups…)

Then, I had to scoot into town to pick up party hats from the party store.  Really.  We tried WalMart, PetsMart and a couple of other stores Friday night, and no one had the plain ol’ party hats.  In fact, WalMart only had Mickey ears, and that’s ALL we found in our search.  While I was out, my half sister called to share the sad news that her mom’s 14 year old Yorkie, S’more, had been euthanized after an abdominal tumor was found, following symptoms very similar to Fred’s.

I wish I had a photo  of S’more to show you.  I’m sure I do somewhere in my non-digital photos.  She was a sassy, bossy, funny lady, and I know she will be sorely missed.  Gretchen and Sissy didn’t know her, so we continued on with the celebrations once I got home.  S’more loved a good party, so I’m sure she was looking on from the Rainbow Bridge.

The Knight provided the alterations for Gretchen’s wee hat.  He had rolled his eyes and didn’t believe me when I assured him that Sissy LOVES hats, but as you can see, both girls trotted around the pen with them on for some time.  (Gretchen’s elastic was perhaps a touch long, but she didn’t mind the bulky necklace.)

I had to show the girls’ dresses.  The Knight was irked that Sissy was in pink (not her ROYAL purple), but we had to go with what we could find.  It does note her title and have a sparkly crown, and she did have a purple party hat, so it’s all good, right?  Besides, it was Gretchie’s party, so pink was the color of the day.  I like the shirt-dress, and am sure it will see future use.


Gretchen is between sizes.  One barely fits (the size I picked) and the other is just too big.  Still, she rocked her little sundress, and she can’t fuss that it was too drapey!

Always the DIVA...

Always the DIVA...

They had special birthday cookies before going out for the photo shoot  to play, and Gretchen got a toy every few hours throughout the day, including the last one, just before midnight Saturday.  I even managed to get the crate pad, done in their colors, finished while they napped before dinner.  (And yes, I know crate pads should be slept ON, not under, but take what you can get.  It’s still a cute photo.)

Wheres my hat?!  Come put my party hat back on!

Where's my hat?! Come put my party hat back on!

We were able to dodge the rain showers, and I’m sure Gretchen had a special day.  Sissy did too; she just polished off one of Gretchen’s birthday bones.  (And no, I’m not kidding; Sissy froze right there until I ran down the steps, picked up her hat, and put it back on.  She didn’t run so hard after that; she didn’t want to lose her hat again!)

A hat without a head!

A hat without a head!

My girls do like to dress up.  I don’t know whether they pick up my excitement, or whether they just like it for reasons I can’t understand.  I already have Halloween costumes planned, but I guess I need to also be on the look-out for some fall party dresses for the girls for Sissy’s birthday too…

The teenagers in the party store shared their own dog stories when I confessed the hats were for a doggy party.  The young man’s dog has a Redskin scarf, and when he hears any football game on, the dog goes and gets the scarf, wanting it draped around his neck.  He really likes to sport his team’s colors, it seems.  The young lady in the shop said she wished her dog would do more than eat whatever she tries to put on him…

Do your dogs like to wear clothes? 

Always the polite one, Gretchen says we have an open-door policy.  Thanks for celebrating with us, and come back anytime!

22 comments on “Sunshine and Rain

  1. Sue says:

    Wow, what a great day. I love Sissy’s new dress. It looks comfy, too. My dogs all dress up. Some of them like it more than others, but they humor me. I want to try the party hat thing for our fall birthdays.

  2. Ann smith says:

    Really cute party. The girls are beautiful in their party dresses. Sissy cracks me up. I have 3 cocker spainels 2 girls and 1 boy and custody of the grandsons male basset. They all wish Gretchie a very Happy B Day.

  3. gaylen says:

    Your girls are adorable. I might take the pudding cup idea and run with it. Love Gretchie’s new dress. Sorry to hear about S’more.

    I have never tried to dress some of my dogs – other than as knitwear models and you’ve seen how some of that turns out. I’m pretty sure Abby wouldn’t tolerate – even to please me. g

  4. Katherine says:

    Your girls are so cute in their outfits!! I don’t know how you get the Jack Russell to wear clothes though. Ours would have that dress off in 30 seconds. She even hates it when I get the camera out.

  5. Darcy says:

    Happy Birthday Gretchen it looks like it was alot of fun and the girls look so cute love the party hats:)Hugs Darcy
    P.S.We always enjoy seeing pictures of the girls:)

  6. AlisonH says:

    So cute! And love the crate pad–love the colors.

  7. Marjie says:

    We had a dog named Max. He was a huge white lab. One January, he broke his chain, took off and played with a skunk. So off to the dog wash Max went. We bought him a handsome green plaid coat. He broke the buttons in 2 days, so I sewed the coat on Max. It lasted about a week, then he played with it. Fortunately, by that time it was getting warmer, and Max’s coat was growing back in. I’m glad for your sake the girls like playing dress up. The crate pad is very pretty, BTW.

  8. Bubblesknits says:

    Happy Birthday, Gretchie!!! I love their party dresses. lol Absolutely wonderful.

    You’ve seen the pictures of Fluffy in the Santa costume, so you know how well dress up is accepted in our house. lol

  9. Bridget says:

    I really enjoyed this post – and I’m glad it was a fun day for everyone!

    I’m sure that S’Mores was having a good time watching it all – how could she not?

  10. Kathy says:

    ROTFLOL………….oh my gosh. They are adorable. Miss Gretchen is so cute in her clothing and Sissy….well Sissy…….LOL……just cracks me up!
    I especially love that she didn’t run so she wouldn’t lose her hat. LOL

    You want me to dress Mr. Bettis? You’ve got to kidding me? Who’s going to help me put the stuff on the big lug? LOL Although, I’m thinking a nice sport t-shirt would look dashing if I thought he would actually leave it on:).

    Happy Happy Birthday Little One. I remember looking at the pictures when you first arrived home. Your parents seemed to have taken a long time choosing your name but they chose it well and you are adorable.
    p.s. So are you Sissy:)

  11. Anita says:

    I hated to hear about S’more. 😦 Many good thoughts being sent to her family.

    Looks like the girls had a great day! And a blast of a party! 🙂 Love the outfits! That Sissy is just a hoot. he he And Gretchie looked cute all snuggled up with her crate pad. Happy Birthday to the baby!

  12. Walden says:

    Happy Birthday Gretchen! And a Very Merry Unbirthday to Sissy!

  13. ON days like this, I cannot show the fellows the blog, or I would never hear the end of it. As you know, dressing critters is not tolerated here…party hats? Maybe.
    The girls enjoyed the day, as did you, which is all that matters, right?

    Happy Birthday Gretchen…I’m glad you got toys and bones and treats galore. (and shared with Sissy, too)

  14. Natalie says:

    Happy Birthday Gretchen!!! I hope the day was a great one!

  15. anniebananie says:

    Happy birthday Gretchen!!!! Those pictures are adorable!!!!!

  16. anniebananie says:

    I forgot to add – I love the crate pad!!!!

  17. Happy b-day to Gretchie!! They look so sassy in their clothes! My boys do get pretty excited when i put their handknit (by my mom!) sweaters on them. I think they make them feel sort of special, and we do fuss over them when they are wearing them. Well, i DO…the husband gets kind of embarrased about the whole thing!

    Sorry to hear about S’more. Sounds like she had a nice, long life. Although…they never seem to live long enough, do they?

  18. Nichole says:

    GREAT pics…… I love them all… and what a fun post! The girls are just adorable… cute dresses too…

  19. Alicia says:

    Happy Birthday Gretchen!

    OMG so adorable! Sissy sounds like she’d get right along with my mare. She has an ear bonnet to keep out the bugs. It has beads in it’s crocheted portion. She thinks it’s her crown.

    Such Diva’s 😉

  20. StarSpry says:

    The girls look adorable in their outfits! I love the hats, too 🙂 Really nice crate pad! I’m glad everyone enjoyed Gretchen’s birthday, but I am sorry to hear about S’more.

  21. jen says:

    Happy belated doggie birthday gretchen!! You are such a sweet sweet pup! And i can NEVER EVER EVER EVER get enough of you two in your party hats and frocks.


  22. Miss Me says:

    Too cute for words. I just adore the dresses.

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