Pupcakes For Cowboy & Ninja
This post is dedicated to the two furry, four-legged loves of my life. Meanwhile, the two-legged love of my life is probably snooping around the kitchen trying to sneak a bite of these pupcakes. All three of them have a lot in common. They eat everything.
They say dogs tend to adapt their owner’s personality and I have two very quirky, silly and lovable specimens. Although in my case, I don’t think I should brag because Cowboy sometimes indulges himself by eating his own feces while Ninja compulsively licks doorways.
I love my dogs with every fiber of my being. These are my little babies and my maternal instincts will throw me in front of a car to protect their lives. However, I do NOT dress my dogs in human clothing, push them around in little strollers or carry them inside bedazzled designer purses. I’m not one of those (I apologize if I may have offended those who do that but it’s simply my personal opinion).
However, I am guilty of once putting a ski vest on Cowboy but it was only because we were in Grand Canyon on New Year’s and he was literally shivering. And yes, he does accessorize with a bandana to complete the “Cowboy” persona though you can certainly detect the gnawed off edges where he attempted to remove the damn thing.
It was such a heartbreaking decision to leave them behind with Grandma in California when I decided to move to New York. Sadly, tiny Manhattan apartments are no place for big dogs and they are probably much happier in a home where they have a backyard to run around in. But one of these days, perhaps when we find an apartment large enough for a dog to run around in, I will be reunited with my wonderful fur balls.
Not a day goes by when I don’t think of Cowboy & Ninja with all their crazy shenanigans. Coming home to a pair of half-eaten Uggs was the least bit amusing when Cowboy was a puppy, but images of him running around the backyard with a whole roasted chicken in his mouth always makes me laugh. During a lunch break on our hike, I’ve lost a sandwich to this furry caper when I looked away to talk to my friend. Stole it right out of my hand. The nerve. He’s certainly a repeat offender when it comes to stealing food despite my efforts to reprimand him. I’ve been told my voice doesn’t sound intimidating enough and it doesn’t help when I’m stifling a laugh.
And for a 40-lb. dog, Ninja is quite a spunky little gal. It was a foreshadowing experience when I took her to the dog park when she was still a puppy. A majestic Great Dane had entered and while all the other dogs ignored the massive beast, Ninja came bouncing up to him and proceeded to coerce him into puppy-play by attacking the one thing she could reach… his ankles. She’s a tough little cookie and growing up with a big brother like Cowboy has definitely made its impact.
I can go on for hours reminiscing about my dogs, much like a parent would about their own children. The only difference is, I would be bragging about how Cowboy saw a cat and pulled me into the trunk of a tree, face first. Or how Ninja meticulously picks out the red kibbles in her multi-colored food and leaves the rest behind. But I think it’s loud and clear how much I absolutely, whole-heartedly love my dogs.
|1 1/2||cup flour|
|1||tsp baking soda|
|2||tsp baking powder|
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash up the ripened bananas and beat in the eggs. Next add all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fill each mold of a lined muffin pan with the batter, 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and add frosting when cooled completely. Makes 12 pupcakes.
|1/2||package of softened cream cheese|
|1/2||cup unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter|
|Doggie biscuits for garnish|
- In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, peanut butter and mashed bananas until creamy. Frost each pupcake and top off with a doggie biscuit.