My Toy Poodles First Birthday

Dogs first Birthday
It was Ralph, my toy poodles first birthday on the 26th October and if you saw my post on first birthday ideas you will know that the plan was to throw a sneaky party at my sisters house. That is where most of the family dogs reside after all, so the guest list and venue sorted itself out.
I had a bit of a let down with some ordered gifts that didn’t arrive,(so annoying) so I had to make a quick trip to Pets at Home the day before. A bottle of dog beer, a cake and a new bear toy were my quick purchases. A bit disappointed but never mind.
Dogs first birthday gifts
As I am also a yarn fan I decided I would crochet his party hat. I have included the pattern at the end of the post if you are a fellow crocheter.Dogs party hat
After spoiling him in the morning with treats rather than breakfast… oh well!! and half of his bottle of beer (chicken stock) we went for a walk or should I say play. An hour and a half running about in our local fields and he was shattered bless him.
One very wet but happy dog drinking his beer.
Wet dog
I made good use my of the time he slept by making his pup cakes for the party. Though I did leave him the bowl to lick out…. well it was his birthday. I have added the recipe to my dog recipes page if you want to make them. Very easy and they were a definite hit.
Pup cakes
A short time then to play with his new toy. Ralph is a big fan of the cuddly toy but unfortunately they do not last past a day or two at most because he manages to rip them and then he pulls all the stuffing out. My garden often looks like it’s been snowing. I have to say I was impressed with this one as it has little stuffing but is still soft and fluffy and is filled instead with tough rope. So it doubles up as a cuddly and a tug toy.
It is a Kong wild Knots toy and you can purchase it at Amazon a lot cheaper than I had to pay. You can click here to purchase.
KONG Wild Knots Bear Dog Toy, Medium/Large Colours Vary
He likes it a lot as the pictures testify.
Dog
Toy Poodle
Off to my sisters and what fun we had with treats and pup cakes. Not one crumb was left. The dogs who all have their own characters were an absolute hoot to watch in their approach to getting cake.some were sneaky and some were downright rude. Yes Doris (the Cocker Spaniel) I am talking about you. I think the pictures speak for themselves.
Dogs birthday
Naughty dogs
I love cake

Dogs Crochet Party Hat:

You will need:
Double Knit Yarn in 2 or 3 colours of your choice.
Size 6 or 4 mm Hook
Yarn Needle
Crochet Skill Level: Beginner/Easy
Notes: Hat is worked in the round, there is no joining or turning. You could use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round if needed.
Pattern is written in US terms. sc = Single Crochet dc = Double Crochet

Pattern:

Chain 2
Rnd 1 – work 4sc’s into 2nd chain from hook. (4)
Rnd 2 – (sc in next, 2sc in next) around. (6)
Rnd 3 – sc in next, 2sc in next, sc in next 2, 2sc in next, sc in last. (8)
Rnd 4 – (sc in next 3, 2sc in next) around. (10)
Rnd 5 – sc in next 2, 2sc in next, sc in next 4, 2sc in next, sc in last 2. (12)
Rnd 6 – (sc in next 5, 2sc in next) around. (14)
Rnd 7 – sc in next 3, 2sc in next, sc in next 6, 2sc in next, sc in last 3. (16)
Rnd 8 – (sc in next 7, 2sc in next) around. (18)
Rnd 9 – sc in next 4, 2sc in next, sc in next 8, 2sc in next, sc in last 4. (20)
Rnd 10 – (sc in next 9, 2sc in next) around. (22)
Rnd 11 – sc in next 5, 2sc in next, sc in next 10, 2sc in next, sc in last 5. (24)
Rnd 12 – (sc in next 11, 2sc in next) around. (26)
Rnd 13 – sc in next 6, 2sc in next, sc in next 12, 2sc in next, sc in last 6. (28)
Rnd 14 – (sc in next 13, 2sc in next) around. (30)
Rnd 15 – sc in next 7, 2sc in next, sc in next 14, 2sc in next, sc in last 7. (32)
Rnd 16 – (sc in next 15, 2sc in next) around. (34)
Rnd 17 – sc in next 8, 2sc in next, sc in next 16, 2sc in next, sc in last 8. (36)
Rnd 18 – (sc in next 17, 2sc in next) around. (38)
Rnd 19 – sc in next 9, 2sc in next, sc in next 18, 2sc in next, sc in last 9. (40)
Ruffles (change colour if you wish)
Rnd 20– Ch 1 or slip stitch to join. Working in front loops only, (2dc in next, 3dc in next) around, join with sl st to first dc of round.
Fasten off and sew in ends

Bobble

Leave a long tail when casting on.
Chain 2
Rnd 1 – Work 4sc in 2nd chain from hook (4)
Rnd 2 – (2scs in next, sc in next) around (6)
Rnd 3 – (2sc in next, sc in next 2) around (8)
Rnd 4 – sc around (8)
Rnd 5 – (sc 2 together, 2 sc) around (6)
Rnd 6 – (sc 2 together, sc around) (4)
This stitches should curl inwards leaving you with a small ball. Leave a long tail. Pass long tail from casting on through centre of ball. Thread both tails through needle and pass through the top of the hat. Tie the two tails together in a knot a couple of times, pulling the ball tight to top of hat. Cut off ends.
I used a chain of 40 stitches for the chin strap but you could use elastic.
Some great of the photographs on this page were taken by my niece( the good ones) she is a brilliant photographer and you can see more of her work on her blog Mummy and Harrison
Please feel free to send me pictures of your dogs in their hat and I will be sure to add them to the gallery. You can email them to me at karen@trainingmytoypoodle.com
Or you can leave me any comments below. I love a dog tale.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen & Ralph