Three Reasons to Celebrate Your Pet's Birthday

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 1:30pm
Chocolate lab wearing a crown

Guest blog by Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of the parenting blog Grown and Flown.

Happy birthday, dear Moose! Our chocolate Labrador is turning eight, and we are planning a birthday party for him. With family, friends and neighbors’ special dates to remember, I must admit that our dogs’ birthdays have sometimes slipped through the cracks. But this year, Moose is getting the royal treatment. Here are three reasons why you should celebrate your pet on his birthday, or anniversary of adoption, too:

Fun for the whole family: What child is not gleeful at the thought of a birthday party? Let your kids create decorations, plan refreshments or shop for an edible gift for your pet. We once held a festive 100th birthday party for our first dog, Choco, estimating this milestone when he turned 13.5 years old. Typically, though, our “parties” have entailed singing “Happy Birthday,” giving our pup a chew stick gift and sharing a few extra hugs.    

Special attention for your pet: In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes our pets don’t receive extra helpings of attention. Here is one day to shower him with the love you feel but might not always have the time to show.

Time to focus on your pet’s age: As your pets grow older, it is important to consider age-related pet care needs. Moose is now a senior dog and we have made slight changes in his wellness care. In spite of his gray muzzle, in my heart, he remains the puppy we brought home nearly eight years ago for our little girl who will soon be a college freshman. 

This year, we will be giving Moose extra hugs and birthday attention at home. We are also celebrating at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he and I volunteer as a Pet Partners animal therapy team.

Along with the 30 men and women we visit weekly, I will sing “Happy Birthday” and eat a cupcake in my pup’s honor. I’ll get to share the love I feel for him with others. For both Moose and me, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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Andy

We don't know the days our dogs were born, so we celebrate the days we go them - their adoptiversary!

Gerry

I'm not sure of my rescue cat's ... "Bankrupt" ... B'day so we celebrate the day we found him as a hungry kitten on a cold rainy Feb day. Friendly fellow meowing up a storm despite his cold, wet fur. Off to the Vet, some shots, checkup, sutures for a couple nasty cuts, thus his name. My best friend for the last 10 years.

Susan

I love that name!! It is just wonderful! I celebrate all my animal's birthdays, and they love it! I try to take the dogs for a special car ride and go to lunch with them. My cat get special treats (I celebrate his birthday based on what the shelter had in their notes.) We love all our animals as family, and make sure they know it!

BS

That's exactly what I do with mine. We celebrate the day they joined the family.

Tricia

My little Benny was born on New Year Eve in 1999! He is a farm dog who is hardy and still healthy. I stay home every year to ring in the New Year with him. Everyone celebrates Benny's birthday! LOL. He gets a little shy with all the attention but his doggie buddies can come over too and he likes the extra treaters and having time together at home with me. Priceless! Happy Birthday all pups and many more!

Anonymous

How adorable! My parents & I have another dog (he's the fifth one, but we don't have five at once); he's a Cocker Spaniel named Avalanche. We adopted him last year in March. It's estimated his birthday is June 2011. Of course, I wanted to help celebrate! I bought him another "pup pie" from PetSmart & two more chew toys. My parents & I celebrated Avalanche's birthday very early in June, so we knew we wouldn't miss it!

What a cute story & picture! Woof! Meow!

Annie

What a great idea! Just make sure those cupcakes are cruelty-free (i.e: free of animals products). When treating our pets (and ourselves, in our pets' honor) we sometimes forget about the other animals living in factory farms who have no one to care for their basic needs. Choose not to buy into the cruelty that goes into the production of meat, fish, eggs & dairy, especially when celebrating animals you love.
Wishing all your pets happy birthdays and adoptiversaries :)

Charlene

I always celebrate my West Highland Terriers birthday. They are 6 weeks apart and are amazing. Although everyday they get treats, I get them little cupcakes. My male's birthday is the same day as my husbands. My horse's birthday was crazy. For 23 years I had a big party at the barn. I made all the horses in her barn a cake made of sweet feed, alfalfa, molasses, brown sugar and carrots. Baked it in the oven and then served all the horses their individual pieces. We sang Happy Birthday. I miss those days. She died 4 years ago. She made a big impact on everybody that was around her. She was a race horse and jumper. She will be forever missed. Happy birthday Finney. You'll be forever in my heart