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Hobbes Turns 4!


In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter this year, we threw Hobbes a Harry Potter-themed birthday party last week.

This was actually a belated celebration since his birthday – okay, gotcha day – was on the 18th, and on that day, we were on a week-long vacation to celebrate his actual gotcha day.

This was his 4th birthday invitation sans the venue and my contact number.

My friends are all used to Hobbes’s smiling face, so they again complimented him for his poses when they saw the invitation.

On the day of our lunch celebration, I had the cake delivered an hour early, so we had time to do our shoot. Here are my favorite cake photos of Hobbes.

The cake was from Chedz, one of Cebu’s most popular cake stores, and I got the inspiration for his cake from Pinterest.

In the past years, I used to order a specialty dog cake from Bubbabakes, but I noticed that Hobbes only took a bite that I ended up throwing the cake, so this time, I ordered a cake for his hooman invitees.  We loved the cake as it was not too sweet, though it stained our teeth and lips because of its color.

The décor was simple and consisted merely of gifts and balloons as I didn’t have enough time to do the preparations.

Here’s Hobbes surveying the venue while patiently waiting for his guests. 

And here’s a close-up shot of Hobbes against some of the gifts.

In case anyone is wondering, I chose the design for his bandana online and had it made by Life is Pawsome Shop.

As for the food, I also ordered everything online.  We had Crispy Pata, Sisig, Lumpiang Shanghai, Buttered Shrimps, Flavored Chicken Wings, Mango Float, and Mini Cupcakes. 

Except for the cupcakes that came with the cake, everything was from Cha’Tasty Kitchen.  Our guests loved all the dishes, especially the Sisig, Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Mango Float.  I really recommend this catering company as they are very accommodating.  The food selection was varied, and the dishes were reasonably-priced and tasted good.  To order, visit their official Facebook page.

When most guests had left by 5 PM, we opened Hobbes’s gifts, which consisted mostly of treats and pet essentials. (A friend was hesitant to open the gifts as she felt they were wrapped too nicely. Ha ha!)

Here’s Hobbes looking all tired that he chose to chill under the table. 

 Still looking swell despite your weariness, Hobbes!

This luncheon was actually the finale of Hobbes’s birthday celebration because, as mentioned, we were on vacation the week before.

Our first stop was to Oslob’s Down South 118 Beach Resort. 

We were here 2 nights mostly to just chill and dine and watch sunrises and sunsets. 

Next, we visited Paraiso Tropicale – Beach Cabin, still in Oslob; this was my favorite destination during this trip.  Here, we had the whole beach and cabin to ourselves for 2 nights and 3 days. 

Paraiso Tropicale is not just a beach as before reaching the main cabin, one had to navigate through about 80 wooden stairs. Here’s another photo of Hobbes in one of the stair’s landing areas.

Our last stop was to Alcoy, specifically to Mangrove Eco Resort and Restaurant.

We had another 2-night stay here; this served the best food among the 3 restaurants.

I’ll just write about each of these resorts in detail in my upcoming posts.

To end this blog, I’ll share snapshots from our Harry Potter-themed photo shoot prior to our week-long trip.

Most of his props, like the scarf, Hogwarts robe, and hat, were bought online, but the broom and wand were handmade. For the broom, I used a big stick and twigs, while the wand was an old chopstick that I traced with a glue gun and colored using a marking pen and glittered Modge Podge.

This is my favorite photo from our shoot.

Isn’t Hobbes the cutest?

Happiest 4th birthday, Hobbsie Doodles!

Hobbes Turns 3!

It’s Hobbes’s third birthday last week – on the 18th, to be exact – and instead of vacationing somewhere to celebrate it, we decided to just have it at home as a precaution to the rising COVID-19 cases in the province.  

We invited our favorite hoomans, and I had fun decorating what was once Plantation Bay’s Penthouse Suite.  

The motif was blue, with Hobbes dressed like a prince. Okay, not really a prince, but he just wore a crown and had a “It’s my Gotcha Day!” bandana courtesy of LifeisPawsomeShop (LiP). Here’s Hobbes, all set to welcome his guests.    

Food-wise, we had lechon belly, chicken inasal, and lumpiang shanghai from 4A’s Lechon. I also ordered Pancit Malabon from Daniella’s and ube and yema cakes from Cardinal. Hobbes had a personalized birthday cake from Bubbabakes, too.  

Isn’t the cake amazing? It showed Hobbes’s trademark tongue-out smile.    

He also received tons of gifts from me and my friends and his vets. Here he is, looking so pleased and princely. Ha ha!  

More photos of Hobbes in his nook.  

And a photo of him with his gifts all lined up so we could account for all and later send our thanks to his godmothers and friends.    

He received several plushies, which are his favorite toys, treats and dog food, clothes, new bandanas, a personalized harness from The Rosey Collective, another harness from Zeedog, and grooming essentials from Aroma Paws.   

There were so many presents that they didn’t fit on our picnic mat!

In the evening, his vets from Animal Wellness visited him, too.  We had dinner in Plantation Bay’s Fiji Restaurant.   

Happiest birthday, Hobbsie! While people always say that you’re such a lucky dog, I feel that I’m the luckier one because I have such a well-behaved and smart furbaby. 
 

Missing Maya

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Maya is my friend’s Australian shepherd.  It wasn’t really love at first sight between us as typical of shepherd dogs, she was very protective of her humans and did not immediately warm up to me, a stranger.  She was barking rather madly (the kind that’s sure to scare anyone) when she met me, but I’m such a dog person I just stared her down till she quieted and let me pet her.

Eventually, I became her constant playmate the whole week that I was in Manila.  Each morning before and after breakfast, we’d play games in the garden.  She’s such a sweet giant of a dog.

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And oh, so active.  There’s no rest where she’s concerned.  She would go to my room with her toy and insist that we play.  Sometimes, she’d chase me around the house too.

Maya’s also very intelligent and stubborn.  She loves disobeying her humans, and it’s funny how she has this look whenever she doesn’t feel like following someone’s instructions.

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And yep, she loves displacing me and hogging the bed to herself.

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Despite her stubbornness, Maya’s really sweet (especially when she wants food, te he) and can easily charm someone’s socks off.

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Isn’t she adorable?

Oh, Maya, I so miss you and can’t wait to see you again next year!