11 years of Dozer! | RecipeTin Eats


It’s Dozer’s eleventh birthday at present! Make a journey down reminiscence lane as we glance again during the last 11 years of Lifetime of Dozer. From low cost canine to cowl boy, his life has been as full as ….. nicely, his tummy. 😂

When you look carefully, you’ll spy his pink tongue behind the candles – he’s mid lick!! Cheeky bugger!
Dozer’s eleventh birthday pupcakes!

11 years with Dozer! How time has flown!

In recent times, I’ve shared canine pleasant desserts and cupcakes for Dozer’s birthday. This 12 months, I assumed it could be enjoyable to do one thing a bit of totally different and share a look-back during the last 11 years of Dozer’s life! Are you prepared?? Right here we go!

Discovering Dozer – Discount of my life

What, I by no means informed you I bought him for half worth??? WHAT A BARGAIN! 🙌🏻

Sure, the day I bought Dozer was probably the greatest days of my life. And it ought to solely be as a result of that was the day I discovered Dozer, but it surely’s not. It’s additionally as a result of I bought him for 50% off. 😂 I’m virtually ashamed at how delirious I used to be. I couldn’t imagine my luck!

In case you might be questioning – he was discounted as a result of he was the final pet left and the breeder wished to maneuver him on. He’ll at all times be the cut price of my life!

The fun didn’t final for lengthy although when he proceeded to throw up within the automobile for all the 90 minute drive residence….

Settling in

Ahh, reminiscences of Dozer’s first 12 months! It’s onerous to imagine that this fur ball who has now clearly established himself because the king of the home was as soon as so shy he’d sleep along with his head buried in cushions…..

Suffice to say his shyness quickly vanished as he made himself at residence. Kleenex pet!

And one in all my favorite images of pet Dozer – the primary day I took him right down to the seaside.

Rising up

My first reminiscence of Dozer earlier than he even turned 1? Outgrowing my zippy little convertible, a hangover from my company days.

I had such desires of zipping round city with the roof down, my hair billowing gracefully within the wind and Dozer perched up within the seat beside me. What a imaginative and prescient!

Nicely, that by no means eventuated. He grew so massive earlier than he turned 1, he couldn’t match within the automobile seat. Additionally, he additionally hated the wind in his eyes. So after I put the highest down he’d curl up tightly within the seat, head buried in his paws, trying utterly depressing.

In order that dream was shot down fairly quick. 🤣

So, I downgraded and upsized my automobile. Sufficient room for a rising Dozer and his mates!

Not a cute cuddler

As he grew into his large paws and have become a man-dog, it turned obvious that he was not going to be a kind of cuddly, chilled out Goldies. Nope. He was excessive vitality, residing life to the max!

You wouldn’t catch me leaping off jetties into murky waters, however he by no means hesitates. These darn fish! He simply can’t resist them!

Ah sure, and tug of battle. His favorite recreation!

Yep, he’s positively at his happiest when he’s out and about! (Or consuming).

Dozer smiling Port Stephens May 2019


However with excessive vitality comes accidents. In Dozer’s case, frequently slicing his paw pads on oyster shells littered on the shore that he’d dash throughout madly, actually believing that he had an actual likelihood of catching that seagull.

However the one factor he’d take residence was shredded paws.

Protecting his cuts clear of filth was considerably of a problem – YOU attempt to clarify to Dozer to not run round a muddy yard when he has bandaids on! I resorted to numerous strategies – socks. And cling wrap, so it appears.🤣

Through the years he’s had greater than his share of accidents which comes with a extremely lively canine. Joint points, pulled muscle tissues, strained again, knee alternative. That one was not enjoyable – an enormous surgical procedure and three month of preserving him quiet. Fairly a problem for Dozer!

The harness within the photograph above was for me to help him so he might stroll exterior to go to the bathroom.

The opposite problem was the pinnacle cone which is used to cease canine from licking wounds. Dozer, being the massive buff-head that he’s, simply couldn’t cope with an enormous flappy plastic cone round his head. So I ended up resorting to a blow-up ring which he discovered far more comfy with the added bonus of amusement for me.

Thoughts you, he had the final chuckle. He completely embraced it:

I’m grateful he’s managed to return again from all of those accidents and he’s in positive, match kind at 11! I imply, does this appear like a senior citizen to you??

Ridiculous outfits

All people is aware of that Dozer’s had me wrapped round his paw for the reason that day I bought him. However with love comes laughter – and he’s supplied loads of that over time with the varied outfits he’s been squeezed into!

Which one is your favorite??

Dozer golden retriever Mother's Day tux flowers

Me? It’s onerous to go previous the Dozer tux shot. I imply – come on!!! Have a look at him. ADORABLE.

On the job

And a look-back on Dozer’s previous 11 years wouldn’t be full with out snippets of his life on the job! Squeezing himself underneath tables laden with meals I’m photographing……notably alarming given his measurement. If he lifted his head, these meatballs would go flying!!

He lifted his head and the meatballs went flying.......

And after I say “squeezing himself underneath tables”, I imply it. Have a look at him, squished underneath this tiny desk. Does he not perceive his measurement???

And as my confidence in images grew and I moved into movies, I invested in additional gear. Extra precious gear for Dozer to squeeze himself underneath and round.

It shocks me that we’ve had no gear casualties because of Dozer. SHOCKS me.

Cowl boy!

A DOG on the quilt of a cookbook??? I’m not positive my writer, Ingrid, ever envisioned her profession would contain working with an creator who insisted on her canine being on the quilt. 😂

Dinner cookbook by Nagi Maehashi from RecipeTin Eats
Cowl of the Australian/NZ version

As loopy as it could sound, the considered making a cookbook with out Dozer (closely) featured was by no means even a consideration. Not simply because I’m a loopy canine woman (be aware singular, not plural), but in addition as a result of he’s a part of the id of this web site and has been by my facet for the reason that day I created RecipeTin Eats. The “Lifetime of Dozer” part has appeared in each put up I’ve printed since 2016, pursuant to demand by readers for normal Dozer updates. And he was the one fixed all through the seemingly infinite months of late nights engaged on the cookbook.

And thus, it’s becoming that he be by my facet on the quilt, and plastered on massive mild partitions in procuring centres throughout Australia!!

Nagi Dozer lightwave Big W book singing Warringah Mall

I particularly love that nobody is aware of learn how to pronounce my identify. So after I went into outlets, I used to be being stopped by individuals who exclaimed “Oh! You’re Dozer’s mum!” 😂 I’ll take that!!

Oh, additionally, let’s not neglect that point he turned a POSTER boy too – the proudest second of his life!! (And let’s all fake that the poster shouldn’t be on a spider-web lined pungent doggie poo bin).

Post of Dozer on dog poo garbage bin

He did have one or two moments within the media although, with out poo bins prominently featured……😂

Ah Dozer! Who would’ve thought a reduction canine would have such experiences!!!

Glad eleventh birthday Dozer!

You have been a severely lovable pet, however I like you extra at present than I ever have.

You’ll at all times be the cut price of my lifetime. I do know that my enterprise – this web site, my cookbook – wouldn’t be what it’s if it weren’t for you being such an integral a part of it.

Plus, you simply make life enjoyable and completely satisfied!

I used to be going to say that I’ll do one thing particular to your birthday day. However truthfully, it’s like day by day is your birthday. It’s not doable for me to hug you extra, to present you extra treats, extra bites of my very own meals, provide you with tastier meals or take you out to play extra.

And I wouldn’t have it every other method.

Glad birthday Dozer! ~ Nagi x

Nagi hugging Dozer 11th birthday

OK Dozer. Go for it!!!

In case you might be questioning what we’re celebrating Dozer’s eleventh birthday with – it’s Pupcakes, with a peanut butter flavour that canine are made for! Swirled up with fluffy doggy-friendly “frosting”.

Pupcakes for Dozer's 11th birthday


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