In my attempt to bake cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA this weekend, I started the day with a leisurely stroll through Whiteman Park with my rescue dog Patch. It’s going to sound corny, cheesy and what have you but I used it as a time to reflect on what the charity has given me and my family.
Patch’s backstory? As a puppy, she was given to a woman who was permanently confined to a wheelchair and by the time she was a strapping one year old, it was too difficult for her owner to care for her. What I always questioned was, “Why would anybody in a wheelchair take in a cattle dog?”. Cattle and sheep dogs are herders, they require space and room to roam…it really bothered me that Patch was simply abandoned the way that she was but if that had never happened, I wouldn’t have the best dog in the world.
Patch will be turning 10 this December and we’ve never had a problem with her. She doesn’t bark continuously, isn’t a digger or furniture shredder, doesn’t snap or growl (we forgive her when she does growl which is understandable – she has a bone at those times!) and gets along with our brood of cats – both of whom are rescued too, one from the RSPCA and the other from Cat Haven.
So our walk this morning was brisk and wonderful…Patch truly enjoys the outdoors and even though she’s getting on in age, she doesn’t let tiredness get the better of her.
Then the cupcake challenge began!
I never thought cupcake baking would become me…but I actually quite enjoy it! I made a batch of 24 vanilla cupcakes this morning but am yet to frost them on top; I’ll get cracking on the frosting tomorrow when I’ll have visitors to taste test my little creations…so more photos to come!
And no, I didn’t use a premix – that would be cheating. Such simple ingredients for a delicious delight…but I think I need to get myself some more self-raising flour; might be running out already.
Please don’t forget too…if you can spare even just $5 to my fundraising event of cupcake baking, please do. It just might be the difference between life and death for a rescued animal; American and Aussie dollars are accepted! Click on the link below and thank you xxx