Marley Ate My Birthday Cake!

Me with my cake-loving pup! :)

I have the best dog in the world, but today he decided to be very, very naughty.

This morning my BFF amiga and fellow shiksa Sandra came over to wish me a happy birthday. She brought this beautiful cake and decorated the kitchen table just for me. The whole thing was so cute that I had to take a picture:

And boy, am I glad I did. Sandra and I made some tea, then went into the living room to chat. When I walked back into the kitchen, this is what I found:

Apparently somebody was hungry!! Yes, folks, it’s true. Marley ate my birthday cake.

We got our dog Marley a couple of years ago after reading the book “Marley and Me.” My stepdaughter insisted that we get a labrador and name him Marley. After a lot of searching we found our perfect baby labrador and brought him home. He’s been part of the family ever since.

Baby Marley

Perhaps naming Marley after a notoriously naughty dog was mistake number one. But honestly, our Marley is generally very well behaved. This is the first time he’s ever done anything like this. And I think he feels really guilty judging by the look on his face. What do you think?

Guilty as charged!

He’s lucky I love him so much. I had to forgive him. After all, he gave me the greatest birthday memory ever!  :)

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  1. I had to laugh at your Marley’s antics! I have two Labs now, and have learned to never, ever leave tempting items within reach. Our previous Lab, a girl, was an angel and certainly did not prepare us for these boys!

    Love your blog, have tried several of your recipes and have loved them. I am not Jewish but have many friends who are, and used to work for a company that catered many Jewish seders, bar mitzvahs, and bris ceremonies. That’s where I learned to love Jewish food. :)

    Keep up the good work, and give us more stories about Marley, please. If you are interested, there is a wonderful forum dedicated to Labs and the people who love them: Come and take a look!


  2. I have Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and they have never done this before, and I wouldn’t say they wouldn’t. Corgis are mischievous by nature, but not in a bad way, they will pull my socks out of the clothes hamper and play with them, or take a paper roll from the top of the trash can and play with it, but this was really very cute. Good for Marley!! . . . I am glad you love him so much he wasn’t in trouble . . . cheers!!

  3. Happy Birthday! Marley is sooooo cute :-) Guess he enjoyed your cake LoL. Also, hope he doesn’t get sick :-( thanx for the post. Barb Erdman Oi! Vay! :-)

  4. Marley looks so innocent sitting there by the table! My parents, z”l, had a black lab and one Thanksgiving we decided to go to a movie before we had pie. Well, needless to say that when we returned home, Barney had eaten one ENTIRE pumpkin pie and half a pecan pie. The tins were on the floor and Barney looked at us as if to say, “Hey… it’s my Thanksgiving, too!” Loved your accounting of the incident and the photos were great!!
    Shavua Tov!

  5. He doesnt look like he feels guilty at all!! What a cute boy you have there!! Thanks for sharing this very funny birthday story!! :)

  6. I have to agree with you, Bernice, Marley is the BEST birthday gift ever. I could never stay mad at him if I tried. He is an awesome dog, so full of love.

    Jackie, I adore labradors, they are truly amazing dogs! Sometimes I think he is half human. 😉

    Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  7. Happy Birthday, that’s definitely a birthday to remember thanks to Marley. too Cute and I love the guilty look on his face, oh he knows he’s done something naughty but he just couldn’t help himself.

  8. Think of it this way- your friend made you smile and in his own way so did Marley. The way I see it, that’s two smiles in a short while. A great Birthday. Happy Birthday.

  9. Happy Birthday Tori! Labradors are amazing dogs but can be quite the troublemakers. My sister’s lab, Hershey, used to be called “Hershey, the dog from Hell.” She could wipe out hundreds of dollars of ornaments with a swipe of her tail. Her first Christmas almost became her last as she wiped out a collection of glass ornaments, antique ornaments and a Christmas tree in a few minutes.

    Marley does not look guilty, in fact he looks remorseful for not eating the whole cake. It’s like, “I left some evidence, I should have eaten the whole thing and no one would have noticed.”

    He is too cute.

  10. Hi,
    Marley is a cutie and I guess wouldnt have gotten some cake otherwise. LOL
    Curious. Is Nov 22, really your birthday???? I have never met anyone else with my same birthday.
    Hope you had a great day after that surprise.

  11. Loved your posting about your birthday, Tori! Such a beautiful boy you have there! How could anyone stay angry at Marley? He just wanted to join in the birthday celebration! Glad you had a fun and memorable one! I’m Christian, but love the Jewish people, culture, religion and food! Pope John Paul II was fond of referring to the Jewish people as “our elder brothers in the faith”.

  12. Happy Birthday! The cake must have been good…Marley had a good time! He is adorable…I have an Airdale by the name of Harley….must be something about the “arley” sound!


  14. Awesome.
    We had a springer spaniel years ago that loved any kind of Jewish food. One year he watched my mother-in-law prepare kreplach. She had just set them all out on a cloth on the counter to cool off when Bumper made a grab for them. Approximately 80+ more later, he had his stomach pumped just before it burst.

  15. Yolanda, yes I’m a November 22 birthday. I love having this birthday because sometimes it falls on Thanksgiving… like the year I was born! Happy birthday to you, too! :)

    Ronnie, it’s funny you should say that, Marley enjoys Jewish food too. He especially likes brisket, but he also has a fondness for matzo, funny enough. We sometimes put a doggy kippa on him for the holidays. Thank goodness your springer spaniel was saved in time, he must have really loved his kreplach!

    I think it was kind of Marley to leave me SOME cake, at least. He had a little smear of pink icing on the side of his face. I took a picture of that too– evidence! LOL

  16. I have a golden retriever Lily who is as naughty as Marley. In fact, you can’t leave anything on a countertop or table because she thinks it has been left for her. She has been known to eat a plate of food if you get up from the table and after the dinner plates have been cleared, she thinks it is her job to clean the table with her tongue. LOL

  17. Hi Tori…There is nothing like the unconditional love from your dog who is truly a member of the family. He just wanted to be part of the celebration and couldn’t wait to dig in! He is so adorable!
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  18. My beagle’s real name is Toby — but there are times when he lives up to his nickname of Cujo. Such as the time when someone left a loaf of bread too near the edge of the kitchen counter. We found a small remnant of said bread in the living room. The bag has yet to be found. And Cujo ain’t talking …

  19. After taking a home-made 7 lb Corned Beef out of the liquid and setting it far back on the counter, I had to pick the kids up at the pool. A 10 minute trip. Needless to say, the beef was gone, the 100 lb shepard/husky mix was found in the corner looking mighty unconfortable and she went by the name “Corned Beef eating B—h!”

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