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Today is a special day – my dog Archer turns 3 years old!

We don’t have kids, so Sonia and I have been known to go a little overboard treating Archer like one.

Yesterday we tried baking him some pup-cakes (cup cakes for dogs lol).

The cake part went ok, but frosting it was another story.

We set out to create something beautiful and decorative…

After multiple attempts, broken piping bags, trips back to the store for new supplies, we decided our best effort would be the “big messy blob of frosting” approach.

Sonia stuck a slice of banana on top to fancy it up a little, but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t pretty…

Funny thing is, it’s Sonias birthday next week and I had been considering cake decorating lessons as a fun gift for her.

Things could have been so different!

It’s a good example of where a little bit of learning and practice would have gone a long way. We didn’t really know what we were doing, but gave it a crack, had some fun, but at the end of the day just created a mess!

The good news is that we remembered Archer is a dog and wouldn’t actually care what it looked like (which was proven true when we gave him a birthday-eve preview pup-cake).

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