Celebrating my Bond with Kilo the Pug
The Ultimate Dog Birthday Party for him.
Last week was Kilo the Pug’s Birthday and Gotcha Day. He had just turned 2 when I started fostering him a year ago we believe.
Sadly, I was away travelling visiting family on the west coast and wasn’t able to be with him on the actual anniversary. I felt I had to do something special for my favourite little pug, so I decided to throw celebrate over a few days before and after my trip. See Kilo’s full Birthday Menu and recipes HERE
As I made him different treats and got him toys, I began to think about why I felt the need to celebrate. Afterall, Kilo probably wouldn’t know the difference. My husband thought I was a bit crazy, especially talking proudly about Pawties and Bark-day Birthday Pupcakes and Pupsicles. My daughter complained that I was doing more for Kilo’s birthday than I had for hers (not true). She calls him “the favourite child”.
I looked around to see how common it is. I Googled “Birthday Parties For Dogs” and got about 5,020,000 results (0.51 seconds) – a pretty common search. According to a National Pet Owner Survey of pet owners, 50% actually celebrate their pet’s birthday, while 79% give their pets holiday or birthday presents. Common gifts: “a play toy” or “snacks”, followed by “clothing” – just like me. Many take their dog to a favourite place or throw online and real-life parties. I’ve noticed many of our blog hop pals also celebrate birthdays. It’s very inspiring to see so much love for these dogs.
I believe more and more people are celebrating because of the tight bond formed between humans and dogs. They give so much to us on a daily basis and ask for nothing but love and care in return (Kilo also asks for treats). A human’s birthday is usually important. For many, dogs are members of the family just like a child. So why not celebrate and show your love.
Don’t miss your dog’s Bark-day this year. Here are a few tips to reduce the stress:
- Make a plan and an invite list based on your dog’s temperament. Due to Kilo’s anxiety issues, his guests were his favourite plush and online pals.
- Pick a venue based on your dog’s likes and your number of guests (Kilo’s was at home, but other friends met up at the local dog park or at an indoor doggy facility like PawsWay with their dogs)
- Keep it exclusive. Too many guests and the party could get out of control.
- Everyone loves loot bags or in this case doggy bags! Try homemade dog treats or toys.
- Make sure you have plenty of water available for your canine guests.
- Check guests’ dietary needs. Have pet parents rsvp with any food allergies they or their dogs may have.
If you adopted a dog and don’t know his/her exact date of birth, just choose a day. Or, make it the day you adopted and celebrate a Gotcha Day or Adopt-a-versary like Kilo.
- Offer simple homemade dog treats or plenty of fresh veggies and fruits to snack on. Plus something for all the humans too! You can make them yourself (I had so much fun creating or testing recipes), or order goodies from your local pet store and online
- Have the guests sign something like a t-shirt so you will remember the party.
- Have a few fun games planned. Scent detection/hide and seek, agility, trick contests and best-dressed contests can be fun depending on your dog and your guests.
- Get your camera ready, there will be tons of adorable photo opps!
- HAVE FUN and celebrate your best friend.
As we humans get older we tend to shy away from celebrating birthday’s – but not dogs! Check out our pal Sugar the Golden Retriever’s tips for celebrating a 14th Birthday- with Goolden Woofs.
Check out our pal Huxtable poodle for more tips
Peggy Frezon baked her dog a Red Velvet Pupcake for her dog Kelly’s 11th Birthday. See more HERE