This was one of the fabulous new toys North's "gamma" (read: my mother) mailed him for his sixth birthday. You'll notice how cute this sheep was when he unwrapped it – and how chomped up it is just 10 minutes later with the squeaker successfully removed and killed. While we found durable toys for our tough chewers like Brando and North, I'm curious if your pet loves to rip and desqueaker his toys like ours do?
It's not just all about pressies, if your pup isn't getting a party, there's no reason why you can't make him look extra special on his birthday walk – hey, even the whole birthday week! The easiest DIY way is to simply add ribbons or bows that you have in your gift-wrapping arsenal onto his harness or collar. If you want something a little more long-lasting, purchase a special hat or bandana that you can pull out as that important day nears each year . . . or, if your dog is starting a collar collection, you can always add one with party hats or pick different smoochers for each special occasion.
When cruising around looking for a perfect birthday pawty-cake recipe for my pup, I found a site that sells fondant for dogs! That's means if I wasn't super last minute, I could have ordered him either special treats with his adoro face on them, or just sent in a photo and special ordered their pet-friendly fondant (made of whole-wheat flour, peanut butter, milk, soy flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and milk) already set up to top 12 pupcakes! For his next fiesta with fellow furry friends, I'll bake up either the Peanut Butter Carrot Cake or the Ginger Banana Version . . . 'cause he's got a sweet tooth. Check out both recipes below when you read more
While I haven't given North a party in years, this year needs to be special – he's our resident celebripup on the site after all! There are so many options for having a doggie-friendly event – like Molly's party for Oliver's first birthday last year – and it's easy to get bogged down by the details.
After deliberating about North's fiesta for weeks, I've settled on an intimate gathering at a friend's backyard! This way there won't be any uninvited guests eating North's cake, safe space for my pooch to
pee play . . . and plenty of room for any spillage (that doesn't involve cleaning carpets or sofas)! There are many options for holding an event for a pet – other than someone's house – check out my list when you read more
Just a couple more days 'til North's big day! Up first in the party planning, the guest list. If your pooch doesn't play well with others, happens to seriously lack in the BFF department, or simply adds up a gala's worth of "aunties" and "uncles" on his own, consider throwing a two-legged gathering. North knows and looooves my friends and, while he's got pals from adventure walks and day care, I'm not close with any of those pet parents. After much deliberation, I've decided to make this my smooshy's special day – he seems to think he's human anyway – and use him as the center of attention.
Going the "one dog only" route for a blowout birthday bash works well for small spaces, rental units, etc. whereas a big park picnic at a dog friendly place can have many unexpected non-RSVP'd guests. Would your lil prince or princess want to be the one furry star or do you think it's the more flying fur, the merrier? Share your thoughts about including other animals in the comments below!
North's sixth birthday is Friday and I've been deliberating about his party for weeks! Although I love lavishing him with presents all the time – that he loooooves ripping open – he last partied it up big time on his very first birthday.
Since I'm no stranger to helping friends with their doggies and cats, I'll be sharing my pet birthday ideas in a series this week. Before I get started, I'm curious to hear your words of wisdom if you've ever thrown (or attended) a party for your furry friends?
Not only is June filled with fun events like the Ugliest Pet Contest and Take Your Dog To Work Day, but it's also North's Birthday! This year I want to make a big to-do about the sixth birthday of my four legged pal and treat him to a yummy birthday cake (as if he doesn't get treats all the time anyway, right?).
Although I love (love) the goodies offered up at Kool Dog Kafe – including this tasty looking Birthday Cake ($25) which can be delivered right to my door in this cute box – I could be swayed into making my own homemade surprise, especially now that I'm armed with this easy to figure out Puppy Cake Mix ($6)! Doesn't the finished product on the right look good enough to eat!?
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