Rufio’s 1st birthday

One year old bichpoo

Rufio turned one!

My fur baby turned one year old this past Monday, August 1st. While I’m not full-on crazy dog mom throwing legit birthday parties and hiring professional photographers, I didn’t want the day to go by unnoticed, either. It honestly feels like yesterday that we brought him home at 9 weeks old and 2.5 pounds, and he has quickly changed our lives for the better in so many ways. I wanted to use his birthday as an excuse to spoil him and say thank you for all of the happiness he has brought our little family.

So I finally got over to Canine Cafe in South End and picked out some peanut butter and banana petit fours for Rufio and his friend Brady. The dog treat case at Canine Cafe is adorable – it even has puppy eclairs! They also offer customized 4″ round cakes and bone-shaped cakes, but I stuck to something small because Rufio is only 10 pounds. Also, he’s never eaten people food (other than peanut butter) and I wasn’t sure if the treats would irritate his sensitive stomach. But they didn’t! And now we know that I’ll be sure to visit more often.

In addition to the petit fours, we picked up some treats and toys from Target, including these Kong Squeaker tennis balls, which are his absolute favorite! He can fit the x-small size perfectly in his mouth and he loves running around the apartment squeaking them. MPR picked out this Boots & Barkley elephant bungee pull toy. It’s hilarious to watch him romp around with it because they’re practically the same size. He also goes crazy for the crinkly noise its feet make.

Brady brought him over a couple new toys, too, so it’s safe to say that he is one spoiled pup! I mean, how could you say no to that sweet face? I even forgive him for chewing through about 10 pairs of our shoes. (I really need to get better at closing the closet door.)

Bichpoo puppy first birthday

His head tilts are the sweetest. (Even if he’s really saying, “What are you doing to me?”)

Our next challenges are to slowly wean him off of his crate when MPR goes back to work this fall, and somehow teach him not to bark at every little noise like the ferocious watch dog that he is. Here’s to another year of puppy-hood!

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