Although your puppy probably can't understand the meaning of parties and what they entail, that's no reason not to celebrate his special day with a birthday bash. Your pup's sure to pick up on the excitement of the festivities -- and the attention directed his way is sure to make his tail wag!
The first thing to decide is whether to have a theme for your pup's party. If your pooch likes bones, balls or a favorite toy, consider featuring that item on the invitations, decorations and favors. You can also hang a sign or banner that says "Happy Birthday (your pup's name)," decorated with the theme, and the partygoers can gather in a special room where a table with doggie and people cakes are served.
Invitations and Decor
Computer programs make designing personalized invitations a snap, but you can also buy ready-made invites at some pet stores. Be as creative as you wish, using paper bones, paw prints or any other dog-related shapes to place your message. Be sure to color-coordinate invitations and decorations, carrying out the party theme. You can ask owners to create "dog tags" from simple materials, which serve as guest identification tags/badges.
Favors, Games and Cakes
Fun is foremost, and favors, games and a yummy cake -- both for you and your guest-of-honor pup -- are mandatory. A framed picture of the birthday pup with each of his guests is a fun party favor, as is a "doggie bag" filled with dog-themed (and people) goodies. Fun games can include a dog treasure hunt, a "puppy bowl" -- the dogs play and get exercise -- or doggie fetch and relays. Bake a doggie cake with pooch-approved ingredients like shredded carrots, peanut butter and honey. Never give your dog a cake made for humans, as all that sugar is bad for him.
Whether your pup is the birthday boy or a guest, gifts are always appreciated. For the pup who has everything, you can never go wrong with toys or Kongs (especially good for teething or bored puppies), or a new bed. Pick up some gourmet edibles, which you can find in any pet store, and if the birthday boy (or girl) is a clothes hound, doggie clothing is sure to please.
Debra Levy has been writing for more than 30 years. She has had fiction and nonfiction published in various literary journals. Levy holds an M.A. in English from Indiana University and an M.F.A. in creative writing/fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars.