Today is Dixie's 5th birthday!

Last year we had a glorified doggie-play date on her birthday in my backyard, and it was such a hit that I decided to make it a tradition. The March weather in Arizona just screams for people to bask in it, so I figure, Dixie's birthday is as good an excuse as any to get my dog-loving friends together for some fun times. And that's just what we did on Saturday.

Both dog treats and human treats were on hand for the festivities:
Everyone went home with a hand-dipped dog treat from The Bone Appe'tit Dog Bakery (Dixie's birthday cake above was from there too!):
Here's the cute birthday girl!!
The dogs had fun playing together. Wendy, Dixie's golden-doodle friend, spent the majority of the party either chasing after the ball or staring at it WISHING she could chase after it:
We took some time to torture our dogs with party hats. My parent's miniature schnauzer, Lacy, froze in fear under her hat:
Others, like Sophie, seemed to take to it better. Trey -- the cute chi-weenie on the right, couldn't fit a hat on his head with those ears :).
We took some time out for family photos. Here's Katie with her pups Marley & Jackson:
Wendy with her parent's Alex & Ryan:
Emily and her daughter Ella with their little guy Briley:
Seth & Bethy with Sophie:
Marcus & Gina with their boston terrier Paisley:
Andrea, Joel and Hamilton with their Australian Shepherd, Kyle (on right):
My parents with Lacy (left) and Sara with Abby (right):
And me with my big 5 year old!
The dogs enjoyed some birthday cake. Marley and Dixie both asked for seconds:
And here's the result of the most challenging group portrait ever (note Paisley's back-end in the bottom left corner of the photo):
SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks to all of Dixie's friends who came and made her birthday special! We love you guys!!!
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