Brandee wrote the below beautiful article introducing the latest addition to the Neal family household, Bleu Neal.
Hello world! My name is Bleu. I am a 5 week old Striped Tabby. As of this morning, I weigh 1 pound and 4 oz. Mom is making sure I am gaining normally and my stitches are healing properly from my spay surgery. Daddy is spoiling me, and making sure I get plenty of exercise on him and a 7′ kitteh activiteh tree. Oh! And the toys I have. It’s posh!
Two children found my sister, Georgina, and me last week. We were taken to the Silicon Valley Humane Society where they provided us excellent medical care. The next day, this man came in and played with me through the glass. I was lonely because someone adopted my sister earlier that morning.
A man came to see me. He left and came back with a lady. This lady told the man he should visit with me. Turns out she is my new Mom, and he is my new Dad. Mom says she was adopting my sister, Gracie, when she looked up and saw Dad pass by the window with a box in his hand. In case you were wondering, it was me who was in the box. Mom said she cracked up because she knew I was their baby when she saw the look on Daddy’s face as he was playing with me though the glass. He adopted me in less than 10 minutes!
My favorite activity is playing Race Track Daddy. I do the Kentucky Derby up his body, and take the Daytona 500 back down. What a rush! I also do some amazing acrobatics just to add interest. Mom says I am a true Silicon Valley kid because I love Dad’s computer. I’ve caught a mouse like 526 times! It has a fun cord to swing from and everything. And Mom gave me a fire tablet so I can chase ladybugs and butterflies. I… love… that… thing!!
Brandee and I spent the last two wonderful days creating two cakes. The inspirational theme was our animals, Bella the Cat and Jackson the Dog. Bella’s cat cake is entitled: “Happy Furr-Day” and Jack’s dog cake is entitled” “Happy Bark-Day”.
Below is a slideshow and a video of the wackiness! Hover your mouse over the image below to navigate the photos.
Animal Cakes - Artist rendition
I had a vision to do something special for Brandee's Birthday so the idea of a cat cake and dog cake was born.
Animal Cakes - Artist details
As we started to get involved in the project our ambition became even more tremendous so we started including great details.
Cat cake ingredients
These are the ingredients for the Furr-Cake masterpiece that will eventually-be.
Cat cake start
This is the fresh cake prepared to eventually become designed in Bella's likeness as the "Furr-Cake".
Cat cake taking shape
The Furr-Cake taking shape as Brandee performs her magic.
Cat cake design and done
Cat cake done
The Furr-Cake is done! Or is it? It needs a few added touches we think!
Fresh out of the oven, the dog cake design team of Brandee and Kevin outline our cutting plan.
Brandee makes the initial cuts into the fresh (and terrific smelling) Bark-Cake.
The outline of the Bark-Cake in Jack's likeness is now clear with floppy ears, waggy tail and all.
The final versions of the Bark-Cake and Furr-Cake. What a wonderful day and great memories! We gave the cakes to friends :-).
When we first adopted Jackson as a puppy from the local ASPCA, I was very concerned that he might pose a physical threat to Bella due to the inherent nature of his breed, not to mention his size. Obviously, I never had a thing to worry about.