How to Throw A Birthday Party for a Dog
are you a dog person? if so, then this post is right up your alley. if you are not, then please feel free to keep reading and you can totally judge me for throwing a dog birthday party. that’s on you.
first, a little background. our new dog, sugar, was originally rescued and adopted by my in-laws in texas. we sort of fell in love with her while we were living in texas for a hot (literal) minute last year. we were going to take her with us to portland but decided we traveled too much to give her a happy home. fast forward to june when my in-laws other dog started getting cranky because she’s old and didn’t want sugar around anymore. how could you not want this little face around anymore!?
with a heavy heart, my in-laws made the decision to give sugar to us so both dogs could be happier. i never thought i’d own a little dog, let alone a little white dog with crazy curls but oh my goodness i love her more than i thought possible. i grew up with an adorable standard beagle and a massively sweet yellow lab! we weren’t a little dog family.
according to the rescue vet, she was born on 10/10/10 which is a very accurate date for a dog found on the street. since i was in colorado (YAY) and my husband is still galavanting in three different states on the east coast for that date, we decided to celebrate her birthday while my dad was here last weekend. this occurred after our trip to the winery so that may have had something to do with the party.
ridiculous, right?! YES. but we did it anyways.
here is how to throw a doggy birthday party:
step 1: find some sort of party attire
if you have a little dog, you have about 39 outfits to choose from at your local pet store. if you’d rather spend $30 dollars on going to happy hour, then you can find a bow and put it on your dog’s head.
we started out with a big red bow on her head and she was adorable but weighed her down and she wasn’t into it.
we had to downsize because birthday girls should be comfortable. we asked my dad to color in a little white bow my husband found (AKA took off the floor of a friend’s house) and she allowed this one on her head for longer.
step 2: set up the party scene:
i hung up a superhero birthday sign for her above her little boat/bed. this was reused from my husband’s birthday extravaganza that celebrities were at so i knew she’d love it. i realize that something inside of me has changed and now i am one of those gross dog people that have birthday parties for their dogs and i want to be sorry but i’m not. i just can’t be because look at this!
step 3: invite all your dog’s best friends
you should really do this. we did not because our party was impromptu but for more seasoned dog owners, this is a must. i would imagine it would look something like this:
according to a quick google image search, i am lot less crazy than many dog owners.
step 4: give your dog a birthday treat
my husband picked out a rawhide bone for her. it wasn’t until i saw the spelling of r-a-w-h-i-d-e did i fully understand that indeed this was real hide from a real animal and gagged twice. my childhood pets had these but they were all shaped like cute little bones and never still a cow’s ear. i couldn’t handle it and had to turn away from her after i took this picture to stop from gagging.
i hope you have enjoyed my highly detailed and non-satirical way to throw a birthday party for your dog.
1) do you have a pet? if yes, do you celebrate his/her birthday?
2) tell me about any pets growing up!
3) do you think people get crazy with love and adoration for their pets or is it justified?
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