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Celebrating My Dogs’ Special Day
Birthday party fun for pups and pet lovers alike.
My Shelties, Nemo and Ella, gobble up their cake.

This past weekend, I threw my dogs a birthday party attended by their canine and human friends. Apparently I’m not alone. According to the American Pet Association, 22 percent of dog owners celebrate their pet’s birthday.

Our party was rodeo-themed with the human guests wearing cowboy hats and the dogs sporting red bandanas with sheriff badges. Keeping in line with the festivities, I asked friends to send photos of their pups being bad and made personalized “Wanted” posters. Every year I try to send attendees home with a keepsake that serves both as a souvenir of the event and a memory of quality time spent with their pet over the years.

No birthday is complete without a cake. I baked the doggie version using the Peanut Butter Delight Dog Birthday Cake from the Dog Treat Recipe Exchange. I tripled the ingredients to fit PAWShop’s bone-shaped pan. Of course, the animals ate better than the humans, whose cake was made from a box mix!

There was much socializing done by all, but we did manage to squeeze in some games -- with a little training. We practiced sits by playing Musical Mats to country music and tested heeling in a Spoon Race with biscuits instead of eggs. I have to say, it was amazing how well everyone did with so many high-level distractions!

The dogs were generally well behaved, with the exception of a few trampled plants. Most of the pups were familiar with each other from training or trialing together, but it also helped to have responsible guests at the party. Everyone was good about leaving reactive or easily stressed pets at home.

By the time I was cleaning up after the party, my dogs were pooped from the day’s festivities. I’m sure they were wondering why every day doesn’t bring lots of visitors and cake!

How do you celebrate your pets’ birthday?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.
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Submitted by Barb | May 19 2009 |

The most popular game at Ophelia's birthday party was a mini-carrot treasure hunt. We tossed bunches of mini carrots into the garden, and the pups had a wild free-for-all. The perennials were a little worse for wear, but it was worth the damage to see the fun.

A kiddie pool for cooling down was hogged by the labs, but thanks to Ophelia's stick collection, great impromptu tugs-of-war engaged the others. There was some ambivalence about party hats.

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