Hello everyone! I hope this blog post finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy and doing well, during this time. <3
This past Tuesday, we celebrated Ella turning one! She was born on May 26th, 2019. I had originally planned on having a Dog Birthday “Paw-ty” with family and friends, but with recent events, my husband and I planned a fun afternoon at home, just the four of us. It consisted of tasty treats, presents, walks, games and lots of cuddles!
In today’s blog post, I am going to share some photos from her special day, and the gifts we surprised her with!
Happy Birthday to Ella!
I couldn’t help but order Ella a special birthday accessory to wear. I went with a cute clip on princess crown from Amazon. It had little pearl accents, pink frills and was a perfect size for a miniature poodle. Doesn’t she look so cute and regal with it on?
Ella was great at posing with this light-weight crown for photos, but for longer wear it was prone to falling off when she would shake her head. It has a small clip closure.
Before Ella’s Birthday “Paw-ty”, I decided to take some cute photos of her and her sister Georgina. Ella took this as an opportunity to get a quick nap in, before the festivities started. At this point, she still wasn’t sure what “Birthday” meant. I think Georgina tried to explain it to her, in Guinea wheeks!
Georgina had a lot of fun snuggling into the shaggy white blanket, while I was taking photos. She was so happy and carefree.
Here is a video of Ella and Georgina together:
When my husband finished his last meeting, it was officially “Paw-ty” Time!!! We went outside to enjoy the fresh air (it was a sunny afternoon) and had Ella open her birthday presents! She was quite curious about the items wrapped in tissue paper. She remembered from Christmas that fun surprises are usually inside!
We had so much fun watching her open up the tissue papers and pull out her presents. She was so excited about her new toys and couldn’t wait to play with both of them.
The first gift she opened was her Zippy Paws Birthday Cake pink plush toy with a fun sounding squeaker. It has one candle detail on it, perfect for a first birthday! I also ordered this on Amazon (a few weeks before her birthday), since it was available for fast Prime shipping, as our mail service has been slower and I didn’t want to take a chance on it not arriving on time.
The second present was a Zippy Paws toy I got Ella, back in mid-February. It is an interactive burrow toy with a “three little pigs” theme. It has three squeaky plush pigs inside a “grey house”. I saw it at Winners and knew it would be a special birthday present for her. Ella is a huge fan of burrow and interactive toys.
Zippy Paws is my “go to” for Ella’s toys. She loves their interactive burrow toys especially. We have quite a few, including the Holiday Burrow Hot Cocoa and the Burrow Bunny n Carrot. She loves trying to get the adorable squeaky plush toys out and playing catch with them! They are well made. We also have a burrow “Pumpkin Spice Latte” that we got from Petsmart. It is so cute, it has three chubby pumpkins inside.
After spending a fun afternoon playing with Ella, we went for a car ride and picked up some bubble tea for us and a dog-friendly peanut butter treat for her. Later on, we went for a nice long walk and enjoyed the last bit of sunshine before it set.
We had such a fun day celebrating Ella. She is a huge blessing and gift in our lives and it was fun to have an excuse to extra spoil her. It is safe to say, she now knows what “Birthday” means.
One of Ella’s Christmas presents were a few new items from Pink Tail Co. I first discovered Pink Tail Co. back before I brought Ella home. I had done an instagram search for feminine, floral dog collars and they came up! I love to sew, but I often don’t have as much time (as I would like) to create clothing and accessory items. That being said, I just recently made Ella a few collars. It is sooo good to get back into some home sewing projects.
ANYWAAAAY!!! What attracted to me to Pink Tail Co. is that it is a small business and each collar is lovingly, handmade in San Francisco. If I didn’t have the time to make Ella a cute collar, I might as well find a company that could! I truly love supporting small businesses, as I find they have the BEST service and products and I use to be a small business owner myself! So, I really appreciate the time, talent and dedication that these owners put in to making their dreams come true! And I really want to support that.
My first order was the, Aurora Bundle. It came with a collar, bow and leash. It was too big for an 8 week old puppy, but I knew Ella would grow into it and I couldn’t have picked a better first choice. I loved the rose gold hardware and the floral, spring-like pattern. Ella was born on May 26th, 2019, so I wanted her first collar to reflect that time of the year. I also find it so special that Ella was born in May, as it is also a very romantic month for my husband and I. Our first date was on May 1st, 2009. He made it official on May 15th, 2009. And we got married on May 16th, 2015. SO…as you can see, having a collar that reflects a special month was very important to me.
When I received my first order, I became SO obsessed and couldn’t wait to order more. I also really hoped they would introduce harnesses! AND THEY DID!!! I ordered two, for Ella. The Aurora (of course), as well as the, “Disney in Pink” harness.
This harness is beautifully made and having worked within the fashion and alterations industry, I appreciate the high quality and attention to detail that goes into it. It is durable, well made and you can tell the designer/owner truly understands what canines (and owners) need to feel comfortable, but also provided with function and style.
I really like how it fits around Ella’s collar bones and along her back and belly. It looks and appears to be a very comfortable fit. I am a huge fan of the Buddy Belts for this reason too, but Ella has wiggled out of them, on occasion, as it can be harder to find a perfect fit, especially for a poodle silhouette. I find the Pink Tail Co. stays on extremely well and I love how it is fully adjustable. I have yet to have Ella wiggle out during a play session outside or on a walk.
Speaking of which: another thing that I couldn’t get over, was I had purchased the harness during a Black Friday Promo and Pink Tail Co. adjusted the harness sizing to accommodate Ella’s poodle frame, at no additional cost! I was blown away…and this is something I think they SHOULD charge for, as someone who knows that it does take extra time to make those adjustments. BUT…wow! That just speaks volumes on their customer service and passion for a perfect fitting product.
When I first opened it, I adjusted the harness to accommodate Ella’s sizing and it was so easy to put on her. Although she is a puppy, she is well trained with having clothing and accessories placed onto her, but some of these things can take a bit of time to put on, with the different closures, etc. Surprisingly, the Pink Tail Co. harness was faster than I expected and I think that has to do with the parachute buckle! The hardware does put this harness in a light to medium weight category, but it is not at all heavy or uncomfortable for smaller or medium sized dogs.
I also love that Pink Tail Co. added a cute rose gold logo onto their harnesses and collars. It is a perfect touch and feels so fancy.
As you all know, I am a HUGE Disney fan and I had been wanting to make Ella a Disney themed collar or harness for quite some time. Well, it was like Pink Tail Co. read my mind because when they brought out two beautiful and fun Disney options, I could not resist!!!!
I find the, “Disney in Pink” fabric so fun and also extra cute for Valentines, as well as the “French” poodle, hehe. And the cotton material is breathable, lightweight and flexible for a little puppy.
Overall, I am so pleased with both the, “Aurora” and “Disney in Pink” harnesses. I am already planning my next purchase! If you have any other questions about Pink Tail Co., feel free to ask below. I also find the company to be very responsive on their social media accounts/website too!
Today’s blog post is about Ella, my mini poodle puppy and what she got for Christmas! This was our first Christmas with her and it honestly ended up being the best Christmas EVER! She just adds such warmth and fun into our days, and Christmas was no exception.
While we did go to Toronto, right before Christmas (to see our family and friends), I really wanted to be back home to celebrate Christmas in our new home with our Guineas and Ella! I am really happy we made this decision because it ended up being the most peaceful, relaxing and joyful Christmas morning I’ve ever experienced.
After sleeping in (we usually go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve), I got up and made some morning teas (Santa’s Secret* from DAVIDsTEA, of course) and got Snowman (my husband) and Ella out of bed. I was SO excited for Ella to open up her stocking filled with toys! “Santa Paws” had arrived late that night and filled up her fluffy stocking (Nicole Miller), with lots of surprises! I brought my tripod out, so I could film the moment, but be present and not distracted, as it recorded! It was soo fun to see Ella’s excitement as she stuck her head in and pulled out different presents! One of her favourites was a cute mini Santa I got from Petsmart, as well as a “Sniffany and Co.” blue bone complete with ribbon (by Dog Diggin Designs). She also liked the organic pink candy cane too (by Simply Fido)!
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After that, my husband and I opened our gifts. Ella was curious and full of wonder, as we unwrapped and opened each one. And to her excitement, the last gift, under the tree was for her! We got her a “Miss Dogior – Barking Bouquet” perfume stuffy (by Haute Diggity Dog) and three delicious treats (Unicorn “poop”, Christmas “brownie” and Reindeer “cookie”). It was so fun seeing her unwrap her gift. I asked her which treat she’d like to enjoy and I must say, she takes after her mom! She chose the unicorn “poop” rainbow themed treat! I did take videos of this too. I think I will save these videos for my Pawfectella Vlogs (still debating if I should do one big long video or a few mini ones!).
I also added Ella’s “Chewy Vuiton” (by Haute Diggity Dog) to this photo because she loves this toy! She loves to carry it around by the handle, which is so adorable to watch.
I got most of Ella’s presents at a store called, Barking Babies. I love going there to find special and unique things for my little pup! This was the first ever store we took Ella too, right after we picked her up, to get her a harness. At 8 weeks, she was super small and the associate was so sweet and welcoming to us! I was really impressed with the level of service and it keeps me coming back time and time again!
Before Christmas, I also picked up a few adorable Christmas themed toys for Ella. I really love going to Marshalls/Winners/Homesense because they have a great pet section for Dog and Cat owners. I find great deals on such cute themed toys! One of Ella’s favourites is by Zippy Paws. It is an interactive toy that provides so much fun for Ella and I! The stuffed toy is a big red mug of “hot chocolate” with two large holes and “marshmallows” that can be pulled out from the holes. She loves finding and pulling out the squeaky marshmallows and we have fun tossing and throwing them around. I have some cute videos of Ella playing with this toy on her Instagram, if you’d like to see. This toy is Ella’s favourite and because of that, I ended up getting her a similar “Pumpkin Spice” toy from Petsmart too (not pictured). She loves this one too!
I also got one Eggnog “puppuccino” (by Fuzzyard) and one Gingerbread “puppuccino” (by Bow Wow Pet Products) for Ella from Marshalls/Winners/Homesense too! Her Daddy’s favourite holiday drink are Eggnog Lattes, while I am a huge fan of the Gingerbread Lattes! Oh, and I got her a cute red stuffy bone that says, “Puppy’s First Christmas”. I had gotten a similar one at Halloween and they are great for photos!
During the Black Friday Sales, one of my favourite online dog accessories stores, had a great deal and I stocked up on some pieces I had been wanting to get Ella! They are called, Pink Tail Co. and I absolutely LOOOOVE their designs, quality and service. I got her two adorable harnesses. One is the, “Aurora” to match Ella’s leash, bow and collar I purchased back in July. And the other was, “Disney in Pink“. I also got her an adorable gingerbread themed collar and bow!!! Too cute to resist! I regret not getting a matching leash.
Ella also got spoiled by our loved ones! She got a very Christmassy chew rope from her Aunt Angie (DailyCharmAddict) and an adorable Mickey Waffle from Aunt Nichol (MyPandoraCharmedLife). Aunt Jessica got her a unicorn coloured squeaky toy and two cute balls and she also got an hilarious gingerbread man from Aunt Tiara (TeaforTiara).
And there you have it!!! That is what we (and Santa Paws), spoiled our little Ella Bella with for Christmas. And don’t worry! Zooey and Georgina also got spoiled lots too. hehe!!! They just gobble their presents up so fast, so I didn’t get a chance to take photos.
We spent the remainder of Christmas Day relaxing, watching Christmas movies and enjoyed a delicious holiday meal together. I hope you had magical holiday with your loved ones too!
Also, Do you have any pets? If so, what did you get for them?