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Okay, before I write another single word, let me just say that I think some things are beyond silly. I am never, ever, in this lifetime going to hold a wedding ceremony for dogs. I am also never going to have a dog birthday party. It’s just not me.
That said, though, I know that there are a number of people who do such things, and since part of the purpose of this blog is to present various points of view, I’m going to devote this post to saying Happy Birthday, Doggie, and offering you a number of ways to celebrate your dog’s birthday.
Just because I’m not going to do it, that doesn’t mean you can’t. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about a number of ways to say, “Happy birthday, doggie!”
I know, I know. This sounds like I’m telling you to book a hall or something like that. I’m not – I’m just saying, pick the right locations for your dog’s birthday party. You’ll need to consider a few things, like how many guests you’ll have. Oh, and also the size of the guests!
Just as an example, if my friend Al from the dog park were to set up a birthday party for his Otis, he’d probably want to invite other Saint Bernards, and he’d need a lot of space! On the other hand, if Joanne, with her little purse dog, Pierre, held a birthday party, she could likely have it in a phone booth.
Okay, I’m kidding. Even Pierre would need a bigger venue than a phone booth.
But you get the idea. You want to have enough room. If you have a big yard and you’re only inviting a few dogs, you can have it at home. If you live in an apartment, you might want to arrange for the use of the dog park for a few hours.
Obviously, you’re going to want to make sure that all the dogs have enough fresh water to drink. You’ll probably also want to offer snacks, but make sure that they’re safe. Ask attendees if their dogs have any allergies or food sensitivities. You don’t want anyone getting sick.
It wouldn’t be much of a birthday party without a cake, would it? So, if you want to say, “Happy birthday, doggie” in a huge way, make sure that you provide one. You could make a big cake, or even just some pupcakes (see 5 Awesome Pupcake Recipes) to feed individually.
Everyone will love having pictures to take home from your dog’s birthday party. You could do something as simple as just having someone who’s good with a camera take pictures of the dogs at play, or if you really want to pull out all the stops, you could actually rent a photo booth. It’s up to you.
Some dogs are great at agility. Others not so much. But this is where the fun begins – you can set up an agility course, and see the dogs who know what it’s about really strut their stuff. You can also watch while owners whose dogs aren’t agility-trained try to convince their buddies to go through the course, and laugh yourself silly. There are really no winners or losers here – just tons of fun!
All dogs love searching for treats, so hide some in your yard or your house – wherever you’re holding the party, and let the dogs go find them.
Probably your dog knows some pretty cute tricks, and chances are that the other dogs who came to your party also know tricks. Take some time to allow dog owners to show off their dog’s particular talent.
An interesting switch-up to this can be dog-owner karaoke. Set up a karaoke machine, and have your guests sing songs that have to do with dogs. You’ll laugh, and you’ll cry, and you’ll have a great time!
On hot summer days, you can set up a wading pool for the dogs. Or, you could just let them swim in the family pool – make sure, though, to provide a hose afterward to get rid of all that chlorine that can irritate a dog’s skin!
Okay, I’m going to be the first person to tell you that “eating competitions” really put me off. I see nothing “athletic” in watching some fat slob slam a couple dozen hot dogs into his gullet, and people with pie filling dripping off their faces and onto their shirts are just beyond disgusting.
That said, though, it’s different with dogs. There’s something so beyond cute about placing bowls of treats in front of dogs and watching them chow down!
Of course, the “win” is no different than it is with human eating contests – the prize goes to the dog who eats the treats the fastest.
Then, when you get home, you can work on appetite control.
These are just some fun ideas for ways to say, “Happy birthday, doggie!”
As I said before, I don’t do doggie birthday stuff. If I did, I think it would be more something along the lines of just inviting a few other dog people over – Neila, Al, Debbie and even Joanne. Along with their dogs. We’d just hang out in the yard, talk, share a few drinks while our dogs played together, and enjoy one another’s company.
If you want to go full out, though, and have a birthday party for your dog with presents, streamers, cake and all the other trappings, I’m not one to stop you.
Have you ever had a birthday party for your dog? How did it go? Leave a comment!