Yes, We Said A Dog Birthday Party!
A dog birthday party. Sit on that for a second. Some may think it’s ridiculous and crazy to throw a birthday party for a dog, or any animal for that matter. Others, well, others know exactly how kind the sentiment is and fully believe every dog (or all animals actually) should have a birthday party.
I consider my dog part of the family. Putter (my rescue pup) has been with me for 10 years now and that means he has seen and felt heartache, loss, happy moments, travel and all the in-betweens with me. He has been there and I love him for that. Of course, Putter is not perfect. My dog is probably the sweetest, evil pup you will ever meet. That’s just his nature but with me… I feel his love, see his love and know his love. Putter may not comprehend what a birthday is but throwing a party for him is my thank you. It’s a gesture saying Putty, Putt, Snuggle Bug, Buddy you are my dog and I am your human. So excuse me if this does not make sense to you but it does to me. As a paw mom, these pets are our children and I will be darned to take that lightly. I’m here to say it’s ok to celebrate your pet. You should.
As a result, if you’re thinking hey, I’ve always wanted to throw a party for my pet but don’t know where to begin. Or, you want an insight on what I did for Putter’s Day, I put together a list of things to consider and how I celebrated my pets life.
Let’s Get This PAW-ty Started!
A Perfect Location Will Set The Mood
I always start his day by taking him to the park. That’s his favorite thing to do so we do that. I’ve also hosted Putter’s birthday party at my house, grandmas house, my brother’s house and this year we took it to a local dog-friendly coffee shop called Coffee With Companions. It was his 10th birthday so I wanted something different for him and for everyone joining us.
When thinking of a location first ask yourself what your goal is for the gathering? Then, what mood do you want for your party? Is it a small backyard Vegan BBQ with the family and pets or do you want to share the moment with your community? Listen to your fur baby, you know your pet best and also know what they are comfortable with.
Secondhand And Upcycled Decoration… All The Small Details Matter
True Story, I was driving by a yard sale and saw a piñata for sale. Yes, I bought it. I mean think about it… a secondhand piñata in perfect condition for our guests and pets to enjoy, heck yes! I added my touch to it and used construction paper I already owned to spruce it up a bit.
Putter posing for the camera in front of his party decor
Putter’s actual invitation I created
I’m also going to be upfront with you from the start. I created birthday invitations for Putter’s Party! A party needs PAW-ty invites.
Here, think about the things that make you and your pet happy. For me, it’s taking pictures, pet goodie bags, dog toys, a piñata with human and dog treats, party hats, props you name it.
A Dog Inspired Vegan Birthday Cake
Finding a local female owned business to create our vegan cake was important to me. I collaborated with 4 Little Pies and asked Vivian to surprise me and create her magic. Here’s his birthday cake. Yes, we humans ate it but I did make Putter a cake too. Plus, we had vegan-friendly hot dogs to set the mood.
4 Little Pies Lemon Flavored Vegan Cake
Putter’s Homemade 3 Ingredient Cake (Peanut butter, oats and organic pumpkin all mixed)
Vegan Hot Dogs from Lightlife
Whether it’s a cake you purchase, one you make or vegan hot dogs it’s wonderful to incorporate both human and dog foods. Let’s face it, we all eat cake at the end of it all!
Send Guests Home With A Gift
In the hope that I was going to use them for something later, I upcycled brown paper bags I had from a past event for goodie bags. I took the time to paint pet names on each bag. Yes, this took a moment but I found it to be relaxing and fun.
Dog Goodie Bags, the cats received bags too
Additionally, I placed dog treats in each bag. In previous years I passed out toys but I wanted to focus my energy on making homemade vegan dog treats this year. Three ingredients (peanut butter, oat, pumpkin) and really easy to make. These treats are also a great way to incorporate kids. My nieces joined and they loved making treats and feeling involved.
In essence, think about what thoughtful gift you want your guests to leave with. I enjoy creating dog goodie bags every year for the pups, that’s my happy place. Furthermore, it’s a great way to keep pets entertained during and after the party.
Live In The Moment
At the end of it remember the reason you are gathering. It’s to celebrate life and be with the humans and pets you love. I tend to get caught up with “everything needs to be perfect.” I’m learning it’s vital to breath have a “moment” and enjoy yourself. No matter what anyone else thinks or says it’s a special unique time you created. Even though your pet may not understand or be able to speak to you, they know and feel your love. So have a drink, eat some cake and play.
Putter at the end of his day