Thursday, February 7, 2008

Happy THIRTEENTH Birthday, Maria!

It's late, and both of the Servants are just a'snoring away, sounding like two old steam engines. But they managed to get some photos of my birthday feast, and I thought I'd go ahead and post them.

I must say, the Servant had me worried with her lollygagging and sluggishness, but once the two giant meat loaves were in the oven, I allowed myself a little nap. The person Molly, who almost shares my birthday and is close enough to be a sterling human, totally saved the day by baking my cake. The Servant came flying back from the store, flung a bag of flour and a cookbook at the Molly, and said, "You can make the cake while I peel the potatoes!"

Many of my favorites were here. Lee and Dee, Harvey and Jeannie, Aynex who has a C-A-T but we love her anyway, Sweet Heather and Yes! Baby Ben. The Servant totally messed up the invitation to Karen and Steve. Sigh. I don't know what to do with the Servant. And we missed Deb and Merle, but Deb has a sick throat and sneezles, though she managed to send me a favorite Chumly birthday e-card.
I did forgive her once the gigantic meat loaves came out of the oven! Oh yes I did and how. There were meat loaves with marinara sauce, and roasted potatoes and carrots, and corn which we love to eat because it comes out whole in our poop, and then there was my delicious cake which the Molly made of bananas and cinnamon and it had whipped cream slathered on it which Harvey shared with Very Old Dog

and me of course. Mama Pajama used this as a diversionary tactic to help the C-A-T woman Aynex, whom we like anyway, finish her cake and ice cream, but Aynex likes chocolate ice cream and the servant started shrieking something "no no no"-ish. (We don't know why she bothers to shriek, because none of us listen ever, and, actually I'm quite sure that none of the humans do either.)

These were all my wonderful gifts, to top off the whole evening. That is not me lying in the middle of the moose with five squeakers and the chicken whose shorts are aflame. That is a likeness of me, painted on a table runner in 1996 by the manservant's daughter Sara who is an artist too.

It isn't every evening that a dog turns thirteen. My Servant is so fortunate to have been able to enjoy me all these years. I am especially good at creating joy and laughter. I have a twinkle in my eye, which comes straight from the fun in my soul. I look spectacular, but my legs get a little shaky at times. I still rule this household, and I do it with a keen sense of humor and silliness. I can squeak a squeaky toy 573 times in the time it takes the Servant to dish up our breakfast! And I do every morning: 573 squeaks before their coffee! How can they not sit down to their oatmeal with a smile?

Well, that's it. I'm thirteen years old now.

hug your humans-

The Lady Maria

(if you would like to read more about me just click on the label "Maria" right below Asta's sweet card)

OH LOOK! Sweet Asta sent Maria a special card which she made all by herself! Isn't it adorable?

Thank you Asta! Extra hugs for you!!!


  1. So I don't get invited to Molly's birthday but I get invited to the dog 's birthday?

  2. So glad you had a lovely birthday Maria. The meat loaf and cake sounds simply divine!

    Toodle pip
    Harry x

  3. Hey guys! I found your blog from Joe Stains. I don't know what to make of you all. You're like a gang.

    Happy Birthday wishes to the Very Old Dog. Keep on truckin'


  4. Happy birthday, Maria - and many more! What a lot of nice gifts you got and your cake looks so yummy!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. Maria glad your birthday was so good.

  6. Dear Lady Maria,

    I love older women. BTW you don't look a day over seven.


    Skeezix, who will be 14 this year

  7. Happy Happy birthday..and you look lovely in your collar. Did I ever tell you I really like older women?


  8. Happy belated Birthday Maria! Everyone looks as if they were having a whale of a time and you and The Servant look so happy together. Here's wishing you many more happy Birthdays!! Lots and Lots of Love. xxxxxxxx

  9. Happy Barkday Maria! You don't look a day over 2.


  10. Happy belated birthday, Maria! Looks like you had a very good celebration and that the poor servant tried her best.

    Kisses and hugs,
    the WriggleButts

  11. Oh Maria, what a lovely day!! Meat loaf and cake are far superior to anything I've ever had!! So great for you to share these years w/ your servants, and how lucky for them!!


  12. Maria
    did you not get my cawd???I made it specially fow you and I haven't heawd that you got it..I didn't want you to have a Birfday without my vewy good wishes
    smoochie kisses

  13. Maria,

    Happy Birthday!! May you have lots more.

    Thirteen is a real good number and you are a real sweetie!!

    Love ya!
    Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

  14. Hi, Maria!
    Glad you had a great time celebrating your birthday! You got yummy food and great presents!
    Congratulations lucky girl!
    Kisses and hugs

  15. Happy Birthday Maria! It looks like you had a fabulous pawty and got some very cool toys. I think tanner's squeaking record is 348 times while Mom makes our dinner so he sure has a lot to strive for!!

  16. Thats a great pawty!!!
    Everytime we see you guys we think how much our eyes are similar.I am a mix of something with JRT !

  17. Happy,Happy Birthday, Maria-looks like it was fawn-tastic!!- P-Doggy

  18. Patience...please take a listen to this video..."the Yes We Can Song." I think you'll be inspired...and if you feel it would be okay...please spread the word through your blog or through your friends.

    The Yes We Can Song


  19. You guys have the best cakes! I'm going to fuss at Mom for that. She just buys us ice cream... My doggie mom will turn 13 next year, I can't believe it.
    Mom's planning our agility trip to KY in March, she's arranged last-minute private lessons for me before we go. Like if I don't know how to do it now, what's another lessong going to accomplish? I think they're for her, really!


  20. Happy Barkday Maria. Keep that squeakie toy going. Yummy meat loaf and cake.

  21. The happiest of Barkday's to you Maria...

    Your grace and wisdom is something to which we could all aspire as we grow older!

    You are one beautufil dog inside and out!!!

    Massive terrier barkday wishes!!

    Scruffy, Lacie and Babystan!

    That Meat Lump looks fab! Though Mumsie sez she use to know a C-A-T named Meatloaf. He was shaped just like one. You didn't EAT A CAT, did you???? Just a thought.

  22. Happy birthday Lady Maria! May you have many more, full of sunshine and joy and non-achy joints. :)

  23. YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY! Happy Burpday! That looks like quite a haul. But when you're 13 you most definitely deserve all you get!


    ps. I have a burpday coming up. My actual age is unknown but I was thought to be 8 when adopted. And I rescued my ape 5 years ago so...I might be a Very Old Dog too!

  24. Maria,
    I'm so glad you got my cawd..I hope you got Myrna and my vewt gentle smoochie kisses and the best wishes evew!!!!
    You awe bootiful and gwaceful and make youw Mom so vewy happy..I think you'we wondewful!

  25. Lady Maria you are a Very Special Whippet! I think you have one of the best senses of humour on the American side of the ocean. What I wouldn't give to see you and Savannah have a conversation and a get-together!

    Happy Thirteenth Birthday Maria. You deserved every bit of fun you had!

    Sending hugs from England

    Auntie Wendy and the Chelynnah's

  26. Happy 13th Maria. Please feel free to give Fling ideas for hers. She'll be 13 on 3/21. My sweet little Spring Fling.


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