Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!


I wish (for Mom’s sake) that this was a post about a Book Birthday. It’s been flat-out ages since we’ve had one.But it’s not. She’s still a writer, though. She gets ideas, writes brand new stories, fixes up ratty old stories, works with her critique group, submits stories to publishers, agents, and Rate Your Story, and does author visits at schools. That’s pretty much what writers do, so there’s that.

The birthday today, is MINE. Actually, I’m counting this whole week as my birthday week. On September 25th, I turned 11 years old. I got to wear my birthday balloon/cupcake dress,

and got a new stuffed bunny with FIVE squeakers.

Mom enjoys it a lot and says the word, “Look at the cute bunny!” and “Do you like your new toy?” and “Stop it! SHUT THAT THING UP!” That’s good… Right…? She likes it so much that sometimes she threatens to throw it in the garbage. Wait. What?

Also, there was cake – whipped cream, strawberries, custard, the whole 9 yards.

For my birthday road trip, we went for a ride to the reservoir where I had a staring contest with a baby turtle, and met lots of people who petted me and said I was cute.

Get serious, turtle. I have never lost a staredown.

For Mom’s birthday writing time, she revised an old story about a birthday party gone wrong. She said that maybe my birthday will bring it some good luck.

I could use some luck, here, right about now…

My birthday has been so amazing that I’m planning to turn 11 again next year! Plus, when I blew out my candle (I think Mom did the actual blowing because the flame scared me), I wished for a Book Birthday real soon.

Nom, nom, nom…



Comments on: "Birthday" (73)

  1. Happy Barkday. You sure look like one lucky dog. We are lucky if anyone around here remembers our barkday. Love the three bestest maremmas in all the land.

    • Maybe your mama could put your birthdays on her iPhone calendar, J. Then she could get you kids a whipped cream cake and you could party like animals.

      Love and licks,

  2. happy Birthday!!!! a toy with 5 squeakers is THE inspiration for any writer… I bet your mom gets the bestest idea while listening to this sound… maybe she will get the idea for a crime story?

    • Thanks, P. A crime story sounds about right. In this case, Mom might get into trouble for destroying a toy, instead of me!

      Love and licks,

  3. Happy birthday, Cupcake. You for sure look snazzy in that outfit. I hope I get a cake for my birthday when I will also be 11. A 5 squeaker bunny is a really good gift. Make lots of noise. Wake up the world! Have a fine day! LadyCaroline

  4. Happy birthday, Cupcake! I’m glad you had a fun trip out for your birthday. You look really sweet in that dress.

  5. Cupcake!!!!! How exciting – eleven is a lovely number of years to have spent being totally adorable and cute. Know what else? Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday too! She turned a LOT MORE than eleven though. Looks like you got a beautiful cake/snack for your birthday and a new bunny that makes a LOT of noise (YAY for NOISE!). I’m sending you a big huge birthday hug……….

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, Little T. I am glad you are a fan of noise, like me. I hope your mom had cake with strawberries and cream, like I did. She and I are almost twins. Almost!

      Love and licks,

  6. Many happy returns of the day!

  7. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Happy Birthday Cupcake! 11 wow! We’re not sure if celebrating it 2 times in 2 years is enough you might have to celebrate it 3 times in 3 years. We hope your mom has a book birthday real soon too! ~nose nudges Bonnie, Belle and Bess Pups

  8. A very Happy Birthday to you,Cupcake! Your cake looks delicious and you look darling in your dress!

    • Thanks, Pix. Darling is always my favorite look, and yes – the cake WAS delicious. I left 2 strawberry slices on my plate, you know – just to make a statement.

      Love and licks,

  9. I’m glad you had a nice birthday and best of luck to Mom on the birth of a new book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Happy birthday beautiful! May all your puppy dreams come true and then more โค XOXO – Bacon

  11. Cupcake, what a pawsome birthday you had! When your Mom threatens to throw Bunny in the trash, remind her who got it for you. Oh, and if you figure out a way to turn 11 again next year, please let me know. Then, put a patent on it and sell it for a gazillion dollars!

  12. chesterspaniel said:

    Happy birthday Cupcake! Wow! What a yummy looking cake! Oh, and about that squeaky toy: did you get the squeakers out yet? Because I’d get them out as soon as possible. Just saying.

    • Thanks, C. I don’t even rip my toys open anymore, so the squeakers are still intact and inside the bunny. I do think if I play with it enough, MOM will rip it open and unsqueak it!

      Love and licks,

  13. ~*HAPPY BIRTHDAY*~ You don’t look a day over 5! It sounds like you had a very exciting day – especially the staring contest with the turtle! That cake looks so delicious that I am over here drooling. I hope the rest of your birthday week is even more fun that your actually birthday. *ear licks*

  14. Happy birthday, Cupcake! It looks like you had a most excellent day! Choppy is very jealous of your cake.

  15. Happy birthday! YAY!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Happy birthday, Cupcake. And may you have (at least) 11 more. ๐ŸŽ‚โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ

    • Thanks, G. I am also hoping for 11+ more birthdays. And I would to be 11 for ALL of them. Eleven is a great age to be. Old enough to know better, But I DON’T know better! #gotitallfiguredout

      Love and licks,

  17. M. K. Clinton said:

    Happy birthday, Cupcake! You look adorable in your dress. I hope you have wonderful new year!

  18. Aw! Happy happy birthday, Cupcake! It looks like it was tons of fun! And I’ll add my wishes that your mom will get a book birthday soon!!!!!!!

    • Thanks, S. My special day (week) is definitely a ton of fun. Plus, I hope Mom gets me another whipped cream and strawberry cake for her book birthday! #kibblestrike #letthemeatcake

      Love and licks,

  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Cupcake! I’m eleven also!!! Boomer

  20. What a great Birthday Party. You look superlicious in your birthday dress. Don’t get me started on that cake….it was mafnificent. It was missing the treats in the cake. Yummy!


    Shoko and Kali

  21. Have a fantastic Barkday, Cupcake!!! Your bunny is almost as cute as you are!

  22. Happy Birthday, Cupcake. Your photos show me how much you’re enjoying your 11th birthday.
    Hugs and a birthday woof from Indy, too! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚

  23. Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

  24. Happy Bday sweet Cupcake! You are an amazing pup on the 11th and many many more ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Happy Birthday Sweetie! Wishing you many, many more!

  26. Happy Birthday Cupcake. Looks like you had a great day especially with a toy with Five squeakers. Yikes. Wishing you many many more birthdays.

  27. Happy Birthday Cupcake, it sounds as if you had a great time. We will keep our paws crossed about a book birthday, we think it must be very hard to birth books.

    • Thanks for the birthday wishes, kitties and puppers. Judging by Mom’s time in “labor,” I think you’re right about book births being pretty tough.

      Love and licks,

  28. Happy Birthday Cupcake – what a fantastic time you are having -. Nose rubs from Benji

  29. Katie Isabella said:

    Happy birthday on my mom’s birthday yoo. Lets all eat cake.

  30. *โ™ชแƒฆโ™ชHappyโ˜…Birthday, sweet Cupcake! โ™ชแƒฆโ™ช* We’re totally with you, the whole week (heck the whole month for that matter) should be cause for birthday celebration. Please don’t tell my mom where you got a bunny with 5 squeakers or Elsa will drive us even more crazy with extra noisy toys. Enjoy that scrumptious looking cake!
    Your fur-iend,
    Sam ๐Ÿพ

  31. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy belayted eleventeenth birthday to yoo!!! menny happy reeterns!!! ok bye

  32. Katie Isabella said:

    Happy Birthday again my dear furriend! Mommy met a new doggy! I am tired of this as YOU are supposed to be my only doggy furriend! Well, Princess Leia too.

  33. Happy Birthday again, sweet Cupcake โค What a great Pawty your mom has set up for you and I love your dress. Having another 11th Birthday is Granny's kind of thing too, Granny stays 40 forever, she still uses her mug ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can I have a piece of cake, while we're waiting for the Birthday of the book ๐Ÿ˜€ Pawkisses for a wonderful day and 11 Extra for the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

  34. Katie Isabella said:

    CUPCAKE! Did you see that mom here made friends with two beautiful Pyrenees ladies of 11/2 years of age? She slobbered all over them at the park. Sheesh!

  35. Katie Isabella said:

    I think my mom will do the Jack Benny thing and have a 39th birthday again next year. She’s had a 39th for years bow. Works for her she says! xxx

  36. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cupcake! We cannot believe you are 11 though – you look so young. Arky-Ollie-Just (The Fairyโ€™s son) also says Happy Birthday. You two have the same birthday. ๐ŸŽ‚
    Monty and Chicken ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

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