The wedding

Life is full of firsts.

Yesterday, it was my first truly dog-friendly wedding.  When clients (and now friends) asked me to bake the cake for the dogs attending their wedding- I said ‘yes’!  I already make dog cakes for special occasions like birthdays.  A wedding was taking it to a whole new level (no pun intended).

dog wedding cake

The dog wedding cake by Kathleen Crisley of The Balanced Dog, Christchurch

Since the couple’s Bernese Mountain Dogs were part of the wedding party, and the couple married on the birthday of the Bernese Mountain Dog who brought them together – I found a Bernese Mountain Dog figure for the topper on

Dog wedding cake cross section

One of the couple’s dogs is on an exclusionary diet – having tested to be intolerant to most meat ingredients. She’s on a rabbit-based diet and so the top layer was made only of rabbit meat and pumpkin.  The middle layer was salmon and cottage cheese in a rice flour base.  The base layer was lamb’s liver with egg in a rice flour base along with garlic.

The frosting was made of low fat cream cheese sweetened with local dandelion honey.

The heart decorations were dog treats – my recipe called Carrot, Ginger and Molasses Crunchies.

Izzy was also invited to the wedding.  In fact, guests were encouraged to bring their dogs to the wedding which is why I say this was my first truly dog-friendly wedding.


The ceremony


The happy couple cut the dog cake (and also the human cakes – not shown)

Congratulations Kash and Dany!  Izzy and I wish you many happy years together (with lots of dogs).

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

2 responses to “The wedding

  1. Wow do humans eat the cake?

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