Happy 13th Birthday Mamma Biscuit!


Why is it that in our culture, the number 13 is considered bad luck? There are way too many buildings here in New York City that actually skip having a 13th floor because of this baseless superstition—I mean, isn’t it absurd? Even worse, if a Friday lands on the 13th of the month then suddenly everyone feels compelled to call out sick from work for fear that a grand piano might fall on them from a crane as they make their way to work. It all seems so stupid to me considering that I grew up in an Italian household where we literally celebrated the number 13. My parents have fond memories of having giant 13th birthday parties back in the old country where relatives would show up bearing gifts of 14K gold pendants in the shape of the number 13—and bracelets with dangling 13 charms for both men and women. The number 13 in Italy meant coming of age or as I like to call it, the years when you discover that putting your hands in someone’s blouse or down someone’s pants is stimulating and fun—even if it’s your own! When I graduated from college, I landed my first and only job here at Simon & Schuster and have worked on the 13th floor for almost 13 years before recently being moved up to the 14th floor—and I’m not really happy about it. I already miss being that fearless rebel who boasts in social settings about working on the 13th floor at my job. Now all I can do is regale my friends with tales of working in a Midtown location during the Holiday season—although that’s just as frightful for the average person as working for a company that would have the audacity to put a 13th floor in their building. Anyway, I love the number 13 in of all of its odd, black-listed glory and today, Mamma Biscuit gives me another reason to celebrate this abused number—our bitch is turning 13! Can you believe it? It’s been 5 years to this day that Tommy and I headed down to Curly Tail Pug Rescue in the East Village to pick up our toothless gremlin. I remember the first time I laid eyes on her as she came corralling inside from a walk with a gaggle of other pugs. She was snorting like a pig and I could easily pick her out from the crowd because she was the only one in the bunch to have a tongue that dropped down past her knees! No one at Curly Tail had any idea when her actual birthday was. Puppy mills could care less about keeping records like that for dogs they assign a number to. In fact, Curly Tail told us she was 7 years old at the time but the files that came along with her from the vet stated that she was actually 8 years old. So right then and there we made July 11th (the day we brought Mamma Biscuit home to her Pug Palace) her official birthday. Oh and speaking of the number 13 being bad luck, this morning, I took Mamma Biscuit out for her early morning walk (when I say early, I mean 5AM, that’s when she demands to be walked) and as we made our way around the block, she stopped to sniff something on the sidewalk and as I took a closer look, her nose was wetting a crisp 20 dollar bill—how’s that for fucking shattering a myth?!

So over the weekend we brought Mamma Biscuit up to her favorite spot in Fort Tryon Park to take a few birthday portraits before having some homemade treats to celebrate her special day. Earlier in the month, a friend of mine on Facebook turned me on to Popcorn Paws, a new doggy boutique that recently opened up in our neighborhood. I stopped in with Tommy and Mamma Biscuit and the moment we walked through the door, we felt like we had stumbled upon doggy couture heaven! We sifted through the racks of cute clothes and selected this amazing baby pink trench dress with butterfly collar for her birthday. Doesn’t she look perfectly retro in this frock?


I know our good friends at Milk & Honey out in Long Island would totally approve of this entire look. The amber and gold brooch pinned to her collar is a vintage piece we found while scouring through our usual flee markets here in
New York City.


When we returned home, we set up a lovely birthday spread of homemade treats in the living room for our little Biscuit Lady. Mamma laid her puggy eyes upon a bowl of mango sorbet, a mini cupcake, a plate of blueberry bites and a bowl of coconut yogurt pops. She was so excited she could barely keep control of her tongue as she panted while pacing back and forth alongside the edge of our sofa.


Two of the treats laid out for Mamma Biscuit (the blueberry bites and the frozen coconut pops) came from this nifty little set entitled: Snoopy’s Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook Kit. Several weeks ago, a secret admirer of Mamma Biscuit left this lovely kit on my desk at work and I thought I’d bring it home and have Tommy bake a few recipes for Mamma Biscuit. The kit comes with a cute recipe book and three cookie cutters: a bone, a dog house and the silhouette of Snoopy’s face in profile! Mamma Biscuit loved her treats so much we decided to share the recipe with all of you!


Blueberry Bites

1 ½ cups oat flour
1 ½ cups brown rice flour
½ cup fresh blueberries (pureed)
½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 TBSP ground Flax Seed mixed w/ 3 TBSP water to make one egg
½ cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Puree the blueberries in a food processor.

Combine all ingredients (except water) together. Add water slowly and mix until a dough forms (if too dry, add more water, if too wet, add a bit more flour). Roll out on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (for easy clean up), and place the cookies on the sheet (they can be rather close together as they don’t grow much while cooking).

Bake 22-27 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer and let cool completely on a wire rack. Store the cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Mamma Biscuit is a big non-dairy ice cream and sorbet fan, so if you have a dog that enjoys ice cream that much, too, here’s a quick way to make a healthier treat for them. Just take organic yogurt brought from the store (we use non-dairy for Mamma), and spoon it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then when your dog deserves a treat, you can pop out a cube of frozen yogurt and satisfy any pooch!

After a full day of visiting the park and indulging in her birthday sweets, Mamma retreated to our bed to do what she does best, sleep.


The air conditioner was on full blast and our little fur baby fell into a two hour nap while still wearing her birthday dress and brooch—it sure is a pug’s life!


Sweet dreams my little girl and happy 13th birthday! We love you more than you will ever know!


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41 Responses to Happy 13th Birthday Mamma Biscuit!

  1. Courtney says:

    Happy Birthday Mamma!!! I love that she is sleeping on her tongue – ha ha! It is an amazing thing that you two found Mamma and have given her these years of love and security and enjoyment. And those things must mean to her something we can’t even imagine, knowing her life before you took her in. And look at her so dignified (dog-nified??) in her birthday portraits! Wonderful, wonderful! The Biscuit family always brings a smile to my face :)

    • The Biscuits says:

      LOL Dognified?! I love that word!!!! Thanks so much Courtney! Mamma Biscuit is very secure in her new home. You know how I can tell, because she follows us less around the house and can fall asleep anywhere in our home! It makes me so warm inside to know how cozy she is with us—cozy enough to sleep on her tongue LOL

  2. Patty says:

    Aww… Happy 13th Birthday Mamma! You look so sweet in your pink dress! Absolutely adorable!

    Hugs from your friend in NJ, Patty

  3. Happiest of birthdays to that little gremlin!

  4. Suzy says:

    Happy birthday, Mama B! You deserve the best of everything on your special day!
    And you are a vision in pink-love the brooch, too! :) xx

    • The Biscuits says:

      Thank you Suzy! Pink is Mamma’s signature color (she’s a big fan of the movie, Steel Magnolias) Sending you pug hugs and kisses on Mamma’s special day!

  5. T-Pup says:

    It’s a Mamma Biscuit world and we all live in it!
    Happy Birthday, to the most darling Pug of all.

  6. SweetiePug says:

    Happy Birthday Mamma Biscuit! You are beyond cute. Glad to see your Dads gave you such a lovely day.

    Snorts and snuffles from SweetiePug

    • The Biscuits says:

      Hey there Sweetie Pug, thanks for stopping by and leaving Mamma Biscuit a lovely birthday note! She’s sending you a giant pug hug and a kiss right back at you! Snort, Snort!

  7. Kristin Shoemaker says:

    Needed to comment because I love Mamma B (and I think I’m lucky comment 13). Found you guys when doing an image search a few months back, and thought I had to keep checking in because Mamma looks much like my lovely Penelope Glottis… also a rescue pug with a superlative tongue.

    I know Penny loves to look extra pretty with lovely outfits (she’s quite beautiful naked as it is) but I don’t quite have the skills to make her wardrobe as classy as Mamma’s… I am always inspired to try after visiting though.

    Happy birthday, Mamma!
    The Shoemaker clan

    • The Biscuits says:

      Dearest Penelope and the Shoemaker clan,
      Thank you for stopping by and finding our little Mamma Biscuit inspiring! I’m sure your rescue pug is just as glamorous when a frock is thrown on her back! Just so you know, Mamma does not frown upon buying off the rack, we Biscuits can find inspiration in a dumpster and turn it into old Hollywood glamour! Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes, Mamma Biscuit is sending you and yours a few pug hugs and kisses!

  8. Happy Birthday Mamma! Wow, you don’t look a day over 5 :)

    Those treats look amazing – love that they’re vegan, will have to try them.

    Hope you had a gorgeous day xxxx

    • The Biscuits says:

      Thank you so much Serena! Actually, you can take any recipe out of the Snoopy Kit we highlighted within this post and make it vegan! Mamma Biscuit loved her Blueberry Bites but mostly, she went wild for her frozen yogurt pops . . . and those were the easiest to make! Give Soda a big squeeze from Mamma and the family, someday, we’ll make it down under to your country! xoxo

  9. Jana says:

    This post made me well-up! The unbridled love, (utter goodness and care for our furry kids/friends, especially our rescues can make me weep) you have for her and she for you…
    I’ve typed it before and I will type it again: I am so happy for all of you that she got the family (and you guys the gremlin daughter) she so deserved. Happy “Gotch’a Day,” MamaB!
    **Scanning my desk for tissues**

    • The Biscuits says:

      AWWW Thanks Jana! Ia lways say that Mamma rescued us not the other way around! I can’t even remember/fathom our life before she came to us! Her Birthday weekend has been filled with treats, hugs and kisses! xoxo

      • SweetiePug says:

        Yes! This! Whenever anyone says Sweetie was lucky to end up with us, we always correct them. Of course her life now is better than the puppy mill, but however lucky she is, we are a thousand times luckier to have her. She and Mamma Biscuit are just now getting the lives they deserved to have all along.m

  10. Funaek says:

    Happy belated birthday to Mamma Biscuit! It looks like she had a fantastic birthday! She looks so happy in these pics, and it’s no wonder since she has such a great family in her forever home! So glad you guys found each other. And that yawning pic is priceless! <3 <3 <3

    • The Biscuits says:

      Thank you for the wonderful Birthday wishes! Mamma was totally happy when I took these photos because she had a feast of treats available to her LOL I love it when she is all excited and panting . . . and then out of nowhere, she decides to yawn, indicating that she is ready for a nap!

      • Funaek says:

        P.S. I am so envious of how short Mamma Biscuit’s nails are! One of my pugs has long quicks that refuse to recede no matter how often I dremel!

        • The Biscuits says:

          You know, I may have cut Mamma’s nails once in all of the 5 years she has been with us, she simply won’t allow it so I rely on her groomer to keep her nails trim! LOL Do you take your pugs to a groomer?

          • Funaek says:

            The one I like nearby me has really limited hours and is always busy on Saturdays (the only day I could really take them in) so I only go every now and then when they need a spring cleaning. Otherwise I try to tend to them myself, which is a struggle sometimes! I think they’re due for an appointment soon!

          • The Biscuits says:

            For us it’s a one stop shop! I have her bathed, teeth (or shall I say tooth LOL) cleaned, anal glands squeezed and nails cut! Ours too has limited hours but they do such a great job. Actually, the new boutique I highlight in this post, Popcorn Paws, has a do-it-yourself facility and we think we may try it. I want to actually make a post out of it LOL stay tuned!

  11. Liz says:

    Hi Momma Biscuit … just wanted to stop by and send you the warmest of belated wishes to you and your adorable self! I enjoyed looking at all of your beautiful pictures and only wished I could have been there to give you a great big hug! You are truly “PRECIOUS” and I am wishing you an abundance of joy, hugs, kisses, and lots of love. You are truly blessed! :-)

    • The Biscuits says:

      AWWW Thanks for the lovely note Liz and welcome aboard to Mamma’s little corner on the web! Mamma Biscuit loves her pug hugs and kisses, especially on her special day! xoxo

  12. Monicoco says:

    Well I found you on Pinterest and I had to come to your site. I’ve two older pugs (Frida and Matisse). I just LoVe her dress and her sweet face! Happy belated birthday!

    • The Biscuits says:

      Frida and Matisse?! BEST. DOG. NAMES. EVER. LOL Welcome aboard to Mamma’s little corner on the web and thank you for your Birthday wishes! Mamma Biscuit is sending you pug hugs and kisses! xoxo

  13. Steve & Milo in Miami says:

    Dearest Biscuits;
    We are thrilled to wish a belayed Happy Birthday to Momma B! Mazel! Milo had an extra cookie tonight in her honor.
    Mamma B is again stunning in that dress and broach. I’m feeling a young Audrey Hepburn. You Biscuits sure know how to work a Pug. And the cuisine! Thanks for the recipe. There may be a baker in my family too.
    fondly, Steve & Milo

    • The Biscuits says:

      Hey there guys, we’ve missed your comments for a while! Thanks for the belated birthday wishes. Mamma is sending you and Milo a bunch of pug hugs and kisses your way! Let us know how the recipe works out for you and if Milo likes the biscuits!

  14. bfish says:

    More belated birthday wishes to Mamma B from her friends in the P’burg pug posse — Bumper (14); Top (12); and Inky (12). May she have many more! She looks beautiful and those are some of the cutest pug pics ever — of course I rave over your photos and writing every time I comment because it is well deserved! Thanks for sharing 5 years of Mamma’s adventures and fashion evolution.

    • The Biscuits says:

      LOL I love your pug posse: Bumper, Top and Inky (what super names) and Mamma and family really appreciate your birthday wishes! Every day is a birthday for our little gremlin but you already know that considering you have been a long time reader! Thanks for always popping in and leaving some really wonderful messages on Mamma’s little corner on the web! Pug hugs and kisses! xo

  15. Leslie says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Momma Biscuit!!!!

    Hoping your day was as special as you… You are certainly a snazzy little dresser as I am sure you have a lovely wardrobe. Can I borrow your broach…it is gorgeous! :-)

    Take good care and I wish you many many more special days…

    Big hugs and kisses precious one…


    • Leslie says:

      By the way, I’ll have to try out your cookie recipe…sounds scrumptious for my little “Zack” who is also a pug.

    • The Biscuits says:

      Hey there Leslie,

      Welcome aboard to Mamma’s little corner on the web. Thank you so much for the belated birthday wishes and the lovely compliments on Mamma’s wardrobe and extensive brooch collection. Please do try out the recipe and let us know if your pug Zack loves them! Also, how old is your pug? is he fawn or black? the name Zack for a pug is so cute!

      Pug hugs and kisses
      Mamma and family!

  16. candy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MB!!! I love love LOVE the pic of MB yawning and falling into her snoozefest. You are 13 years YOUNG! I will definitely have to try the treats recipe for Boogie, for now we buy Max & Ruffys treats (vegan and organic!) They’re super tasty and come in a small size so he can watch his figure.

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