People who are crazy for their pets often do a lot of over-the-top, silly things for them and to them.
But most hard-core pet people will buy Christmas presents for their animals and have birthday celebrations for them, Right? Tell us about what you do for pet parties!
I grew up in a family full of dog lovers, and one of my fondest memories is a birthday party we had for Misty, our family beagle/terrier mix. My teenage boyfriend came with his beagle, Hunter, the only other canine guest. Misty sat in a baby’s highchair and wore a snazzy party hat. Mom made “pupcakes,” and the one for Misty was decorated with candles which were lit as we all sang “Happy Birthday.” We all enjoyed the pupcakes, especially Misty who gobbled hers right off the highchair tray.
When The Boss and I settled here we adopted Tramp, a spaniel mix, from the Humane Society. On her first anniversary with us—which became her birthday—I threw a birthday party for her and invited my in-laws.
The Boss’s dad, J.C., thought I was a crazy Polish Yankee from the day he met me, and the fact that I threw a real birthday party for a dog proved just how crazy and foreign I was. Imagine how the festivities looked to my in-laws, simple country folk from the old school who believed dogs belonged anywhere but inside a house.
I made a chocolate sheet cake cut I cut into the shape of a bone. It was topped with chocolate icing and big yellow icing letters that read, “Happy Birthday Tramp!”
I worked at a sign shop at the time, so I also had made a banner with the same message that I hung on the kitchen wall. Birthday presents were wrapped with pretty pet-themed paper and tied with bows.
After dinner and our weekly card game of Rook, I dimmed the lights, got out the cake, sat Tramp on a spare chair AT the table, lit the candle and led everyone in the singing of “Happy birthday dear Tramp-E, happy birthday to you.” I helped Tramp blow out the candle.
I’m good at reading body language, and the in-law’s bodies were screaming, “I can’t believe I’m sitting at a dinner table next to a dang mutt singing happy birthday to it!” The Boss’s family wasn’t big on birthday celebrations for humans, so such a spectacle over a dog must have shocked them senseless.
Above is Pearl's birthday celebration. As most of you know, Pearl wasn’t supposed to live long, but she had a miraculous turn around. On the first anniversary of her arrival, Jeremy and Brett celebrated with a party, complete with party hats, treats and a big birthday candle in the shape of a “1.” Jeremy is the guy standing up with Pearl, Brett is on the floor keeping Lucy and Charlie from feeling left out. Pearl sure looks like she's enjoying her meal!
Why do we do these things for our pets? The truth is, we don’t do it for them, we do it for ourselves. We love our pets and want to celebrate our gratefulness for the joy they bring into our lives. Studies show pets do a world of good for us, keeping us healthier and happier than people without pets.
And even though our pets could do without the extravagances we lavish on them, they go along because they live to please us. And that’s what love is all about.
I probably won't get to post tomorrow, but this topic should lend itself to a few days worth of conversation, as we can expand from pet party discussions to just partying!
posted by Sandy at 6/12/2007 10:57:00 AM