Yes, I am one of those freaks that celebrates her dogs’ birthdays, and IDGAF. I recently read an article on 5 ways to spoil your dog and was proud to say I am guilty of all of them. Our pets give us so much unconditional love that the least we can do is spoil them a little bit (or a lot) once in a while! Since Max and Reggie have birthdays close to each other (8 and 5 if you’re thinking of sending a card), I decided to throw them their own bark-day party. Unfortunately Reggie and Max have no social skills so they couldn’t have friends over, but luckily they had no idea what was going on anyway. All they know is that they had the best day ever, at least until Gaelen babysits them next month!
Reggie and Max’s DaY oF FuN!
10 a.m. Super Walk
Usually when we go for a walk we go on the same paths trying to get exercise, but I recently learned that when a dog stops and smells something, it’s their way of “seeing.” I don’t know why Reggie insists on trying to “see” everything Max pees on, but hey who am I to judge? They also say dogs get bored of the same routine, and occasionally you should go on a “smell-walk” in a new location without rushing. So today we just leisurely strolled down a brand new route, sniffed EVERYTHING along the way, and barked at squirrels.
12 p.m. Treat Time!
Sweet potatoes are excellent for pet health, and my dogs were biting my fingers off to get these treats!
Scrub a sweet potato or yam and slice long, thin pieces. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours for a chewy, all natural, yummy, healthy treat!
2 p.m. Obstacle Course
Dogs just wanna have fun, and so we dedicated the afternoon to just play. I set up a pop up tunnel, weaving cones and brought out all of their toys. Max loved going in and out of the tunnel, and Reggie liked to watch. I think Craig had more fun than they did.
5 p.m. Let’s Paw-ty!
My mom used to say nothing is worth doing unless it’s done right, which is why I couldn’t have this party without decorating a little! (Ironically, my mom is probably staring down at me rolling her eyes at the notion of a dog party.)
Balloons: I drew black paw prints onto one white balloon, and then used markers and construction paper to make Max and Reggie their own dopplegangers.
7 p.m. Pup-cakes
All birthday parties need a little cake! Plus, OMD (oh my dog) look at them they’re so happy!! I looked for ingredients that are beneficial to dogs, like all-natural peanut butter, bananas, and oats. Some other recipes included shredded carrots, which are also healthy for dogs to eat. I left out the baking powder because I didn’t find conclusive research that it was ok for dogs (most sites said eating baking soda or powder directly is toxic, but a teaspoon in baked goods is fine), but they still cooked normally. Why add an unnatural ingredient if you don’t have to?
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup water
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups oats
Pulse the oats until they become fine. Mash the banana, add water, egg and peanut butter. Add dry ingredients and pour mixture into greased mini-muffin pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350, rotating once. Makes 24 mini pupcakes.
10 p.m. Bedtime 💤
Reggie likes to sleep on the floor, but I worried about the long-term effects on his joints. I ordered an orthopedic pet bed on Groupon and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. He’s so proud of his spot, and I’ve even snuggled up with him on it a few times.
Of course, Max has his own queen-sized bed to roll around on, so he’s fine.