The Great Cake Heist

Last night, we fell victim to a dastardly criminal mastermind, and much to my personal embarrassment and shame, I have to confess it wasn’t the first time either. Rather, it was a repeat offender…a “recidivist” as the convict records would’ve reported in utter disgust. Wonder how many lashings dear Rosie would’ve received back in the day for thieving half the freshly baked coconut cake off the kitchen bench last night? Instead, we just banished her outside. She was lucky she wasn’t dispatched up the hill to the RSPCA, which in this case should be renamed the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Humans.

Mango and Raspberry Coconut Cake with cream cheese icing.

However, this raises another curly question…forgiveness.

Should we forgive and forget? Turn the other cheek? Let Rosie steal tonight’s replacement cake? Or, should we inflict the greatest of punishments? Make Rosie an outside dog?

Meanwhile, Rosie is parked right at my feet, which is rather unusual. Should I interpret this as contrition? That she’s actually sorry? Indeed, she’s now licking my ear and there’s no ball in sight. If it were any other dog, and I’d have no doubt. However, Rosie is her own dog. She bows to no master, and refuses to come when called. I find it hard to believe Rosie has developed a conscience overnight, but stranger things have happened.

Meanwhile, we have a teenager at large tonight and dubious conduct might not just be the province of the canines in the house. With all this focus on covid and the thieving canine , have I been overlooking the biggest elephant in the room of all?

Parents of teens on New Year’s Eve, stand on guard!

Best wishes,


10 thoughts on “The Great Cake Heist

  1. Dan Antion

    What’s that old saying? Once dogs have a taste of coconut cake…. Oh well, I’m sure the judge will be lenient, after all, those crimes are soon to be in the past – “that was last year. Seven years ago by my count.” I can hear her plead.

  2. Gary A Wilson

    This was priceless Rowena!

    My wife and I both have allergies of varying intensities to cats and dogs. Likely other non-humanoids too, but dogs and cats are the most normal pets around here, but we don’t fret about it much because it gives us both an easy out as to why we don’t have pets.
    The truth is that we really don’t enjoy the inconvenience of what my wife calls “having the equivalent of a four legged 2 year old who ever grows up around.
    Before our kids, we traveled more and dealing with pets and travel is just a pain.
    In the house, they can be a daily pain with they loving attacks on favorite shoes and such.
    You shouldn’t feed them human food, so they end up with one of you precious kitchen cabinets and they sometimes steal human food anyway.
    They don’t behave predictably around guests and dogs in particular lick and slobber as acts of affection – ewww. . .
    But dogs — who will ever love you as unconditionally as a dog?
    I don’t really believe them to be so scheming as to do this just so we’ll feed them.
    And cats – it’s harder still to understand what they really think of us.
    They can be such raw delights just to watch and one purring in your lap is hypnotic.
    The one cat I owned, did find ways to communicate his affection – like scowling at just one girl friend of several I brought home because he did not approve of her – and the part I hate the most – he was right. Despite what I thought at the time, she was not a keeper. How could he have known this before I did ? ? ?

    Okay, that was a longish path to get to the point I wanted to make by stopping by.
    I mostly wanted to thank you for your friendship over the past year and wish you and your family a great HNY.

    Blessings on you all !

  3. Tails Around the Ranch

    I’ve been told there are no bad dogs, only parents who ignored them. Have a couple of counter surfers myself, I have only myself to blame. But I can see why Rosie went for that delish-looking cake. I might have stolen the other half along with her. 😉 Wishing you and yours a safe and happy 2022.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Gary. I’ve appreciated your friendship and loyalty while I’ve been beavering away on my research projects and not so focused on blogging. Happy New Year to you too!

  5. Rowena Post author

    Max is a lot more charitable than Zac. He played the role of the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. He struggles with FOMO and is currently looking up at me with big puppy dog eyes while I snack on jatz and pickled onion cheese.
    Best wishes,

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