It’s one year today since we adopted “golden oldie” rescue hound, Harry – and the past year has been a big journey for all three of us.
Harry is a different dog entirely: playful, affectionate and a lot less fearful than he was this time last year. He’s still reluctant to leave our home (although this is getting less and less the case), still jumps at shadows, and still runs for cover when Him Indoors loudly cheers on his football team. But I’m confident we’ve made progress and we’ll make a lot more in the years to come.
We’ve also had to make adjustments for sharing life with a dog. There have been freedoms to give up: rising early each morning to walk Harry (even though I’m sure he’d rather we didn’t bother); racing home after work instead of heading for drinks in the city… but daily laughter and lots of love and fun in return have more than made up for any sacrifices we’ve made.
In short, it’s been a great year – so what better way to celebrate than with a cake? And not just any old cake but a pupcake from Sydney’s Sparkle Cupcakery.
This luxury bakery, on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills, does a line in special dog treats which are ideal to mark an occasion such as this.
A pupcake is made with wholemeal flour, grated apple, apple juice and honey, and topped with ground meaty treats and a bone-shaped biscuit. It looked good, it smelled good – and it was devoured in seconds.
The red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes we ordered didn’t last much longer.
Although dogs are not allowed to take a seat inside, there is some pavement seating where you can enjoy a coffee with your pupcakes and cupcakes. Take-home pupcakes are also available, packaged beautifully in black and silver Sparkle packaging – so of course we brought one back to celebrate the special day.
This weekend we’ve done all of Harry’s favourite things. We’ve visited the beach, we’ve sniffed slowly around the park, we’ve played a lot of ball and we’ve eaten well. And as we reflect on the year gone by, on Harry’s progress (and Him Indoors’ transition to dedicated dog owner) we just hope we’ve made him as happy as he’s made us.
To find your own four-legged creator of happiness, visit www.doggierescue.com (I recommend the golden oldies).
132 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. Tel: 02 9361 0690. www.sparklecupcakery.com.au
Pupcakes are $3.30 each. If you can’t get to the store, delivery in Sydney is also available.