I'm sure Natalie wanted a real dog and mummy said (like I did with my children), "no you're not getting one. You're can get a sugar version from Aunty Deenie...". Lol!!! I like dogs but not enough to scoop it's poo or worry about it's happiness in our little garden. I have enough trouble with the 2(+1) I own now.... BUT! I enjoyed making the two miniature poodles here. The cake's for a little family of 6, so I baked a 7" round chocolate cake. I associate poodles with Paris, so I went back to using the chocolate and pink colour combo. It's always pretty. The 1.3kg cake was simple and to the point for an 8 year old's request for a poodle (or two).