Celebrating 10 Years of Dog Blogging!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Birthday Fit For A Queen! Harley's Birthday Book Giveaway! A Tasty Cake Recipe!

Today is a very special day as it is our alpha queen Harley's 10th Birthday! It's so hard to believe that a decade ago the beautiful pup named Nanuk "Harley" Mari with the intense mask and bright blue eyes came into our lives and introduced us to this wonderful, crazy, loving, howling, fun-filled amazing world of Siberian Huskies! Harley is my daughter's first dog, and not only is she our family's first Siberian Husky, but she is who kicked off the Siberian Husky Potato Chip Syndrome in our home as Gibson followed a year later, and then the three Pupsters Wolf, Chloe, and Bandit two years after Gibson and the FiveSibes were born! 

Harley at 7 weeks and today!
Harley is such an amazing dog. Not only is she super smart, super fast, and full of Huskitude, she is also very sweet and can turn on the charm in an instant if it suits her. She rules the roost and commands respect from the other four, with Gibson madly in love with her since the day he came home and she body-slammed him (at four months old) into the side of our pool. Ah yes, for Gib it was love at first sight! Then when the Pupsters came along, Harley instantly became their surrogate momma teaching them respect, playfulness, and pack family love. 

Birthday kisses from Mom!
Harley is a natural-born leader, always having to be at least a nose ahead on walks, or else she pulls the invisible sled as if she was in a race to be first! She is the first one out the door to the yard, but the very last one in. She loves her private "girl talk" times with my daughter and I where she will sit and animatedly watch as we chat, and then move her mouth and toss her head as if she is adding to the conversation. Only she doesn't make a sound. Unless the pack family begins their wolfsong. They will bark at her until she "sings" and then, and only then, will the rest of them join in. It's a respect ritual they have done since forever. No one sings until the queen sings. And sing she does...or at least her version of a song. See, Harley can not hold a note. It's very difficult to explain her sound, but if you've tuned in to some of our howling videos, trust me, you'll pick it out right away. A neighbor once thought one of our Huskies was badly hurt from the howls...no, they weren't hurt, it was just Harley singing. And the pack has her convinced she has a beautiful voice, so who am I to rain on her parade? 

Ready for a little shopping? A little Starbarks? A chat on the iBone?

Harley loves to play hard to get, unless of course ice cream or pizza "bones" are involved. We joke that Harley does what Harley wants when Harley wants. Huskitude. Plain and simple. But when Harley comes over and kisses you, or gazes into your eyes with her beautiful baby blues, or rests her body on your foot, you know how much she loves you! While her personality may suit her name - Harley is all tough on the outside - but, when she shows you heart, you are her willing captive! For she is equal parts bad ass and lady like...but all Queen! She knew it was her birthday - as soon as the crown was on her head, she assumed the modeling position! It's only befitting a queen that her presents should include a Chewnel bag, an iBone, and, of course, a "cup" of Starbarks! Our very own fashionista!

"Harooo?" Harley answers her iBone. 

A special Birthday video chat!

"Happy Birthday!" answers the FiveSibes BFF, Faith DaBaldo, in this very sweet birthday message video!

Time for cake! Nom-nom-nommmmms!

A little video of Harley's party!

 Since it's also Tasty Tuesday (hosts are Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol's Notes), we're joining in the hop with the very simple recipe for Harley's Birthday cake! (If your dog can not have dairy, check with your vet to see if you can use dairy-free coconut milk "ice cream" instead). This cake is always a Sibe crowd pleaser! Enjoy!

 You can find House Woof treats HERE.

Woo! What a great Birthday!

Because Harley had such a great day, she really wants to give away another one of my books all about her - my latest FiveSibes™ Tale Getting Healthy With Harley! So if you missed out on our Blogiversary Book Giveaway, here's another chance to get Harley's book! Good luck! And thanks for coming to our party!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. Happy Birthday Harley. What a special day
    Lily & Edward

  2. A great big Happy Birthday to Harley - and many more to come!!!

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  3. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Harley! Looking good girl!

  4. Happy happy birthday Harley!!!! WOooowoooooooo!!!!!
    What a fantastic message from Faith too!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Sorry we are a little late but we would like to wish beautiful Harley a belated Happy Birthday, you sure had a fun filled day.

    Woo woos from Khumbu and co