Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pooches: Do You Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday?

Do you celebrate your pooch's birthday?
We don't.
Not even their 'Gotcha Days'.
Which is surprising considering we are the type of people who do things like this.
At first it was more about making time stand still.
 Time is so short with dogs, and I really feared our pooches aging. Especially since we adopted Mr. B when he was already 5 years old. I felt like if we didn't acknowledge our dogs' birthdays, they really wouldn't age.
For a long time, when people would ask, we would say our dogs were 4 and 5 years old.
And we really believed it.
Until we did the math and figured out we were still living circa 2008.
At the same time, we've seen so many cool things people do in honor of their pups birthdays. Our friend Silly Buddy generously donates a percentage in sales for Buddy's birthday month. And we've seen a lot of great dog-snack ideas. Just like elementary school, some of our Chicago SociaBulls members have even brought treats for the group. Most recently was pretty Derby's birthday and her mom cooked homemade treats for all of the dogs in the group.
Of course, Miss M pushed her way to be the first in line and she ate her treat in a single gulp.
Birthday girl Derby loves her Dad

Do most people do something to commemorate your pups' birthdays? What do you do? 
Are our dogs missing out? Does Miss M have a reason to look at us like this?
PS. We just figured out by some strange coincidence, our pooches' Gotcha Days are only 4 days (but 2 years) apart!

Also:
Why our Pitbulls are in Party Hats
Our thoughts on our aging pups
One way we do commemorate the pooches' Gotcha Days

20 comments:

adventuresofadogmom said...

We celebrate Boomer and Dottie's birthdays on the same day, even though there is a 2 year age difference. We usually take them for an extra walk or two to a special place and give them a special dinner... and of course spoil them more than they already are!

K-Koira said...

My dogs' gotcha days are only two days apart (but two years apart as well). I normally celebrate at least a little for Koira's birthday, since I know when it actually is. And I always make sure to do a blog post for mark their gotcha days.

The dog I had growing up lived to be about 16. I say about 16, because we never actually knew how old she was, and we never really kept track of the years as they went by.

Megan Rajski said...

You guys know I do gotcha days-every Halloween. Lily is lucky to have her day on a holiday or I might forget. So, we get costumes and cake-last year we had our doggie buddies over for a little party too. I know they can be reminders of them growing older-but I also look at them like celebrations and mile markers. I mean, this year marked Lily's 5th year with us-and what a ride it's been. We know alot of that was changed because of her-so it's cool to compare each year and celebrate that awesomeness with her.

Luv My Rosie said...

My mom celebrates my birthday every year. We celebrate on my actual birthday since my mom got me from a friend and she knew my exact birth date. The day is celebrated with early morning belly rubs and birthday kisses. My mom always takes me to my favorite place (Mc Donalds) for celebratory chicken nuggets. Then its off for our birthday dessert of either a cupcake or special doggy cookies from the bakery. My mom loves me to pieces. I never doubt that.

SherBear said...

I celebrate Nala's birthday (or should I say the date we gave her as her birthday) every year (well I've only had her for 2 bdays) just by giving her a special treat and announcing it on facebook so all her human friends can send her digital love :-)

Debra@Peaceabull said...

This coming Saturday will be Ray's first birthday. Because he was born in rescue and I was with him the night he was born, I will always remember it. I am also friends with a gal who adopted one of his surviving siblings so we are trying to get the boys together on that day. We'll see if it works out. I "gotcha'd" him at 7 weeks, so I may celebrate that day as well.

kasia077 said...

Max gets a steak for dinner on his gotcha day. :)

kasia077 said...

Max gets a steak for dinner on his gotcha day. :)

livierules said...

I decided Petey's birthay is Valentine's day since 1) he's so sweet and 2) he was probably born around Feb.
One year we went to the park with a bunch of his friends but he spent most of the time trying to hump a younger pal.

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

I don't celebrate either, mostly because there's just too much else to think about...and every day is a celebration of the pups :) I think its a nice idea though, especially to remember the day you met a forever friend and rescued each other.

caitlin said...

When I was younger we acknowledged our pups' bdays with a special treat, but I am thinking about taking it up a notch this year with a small gathering of friends and family. I figure our pups are family too and deserve a bit of a celebration!

Corbin said...

Last year I celebrated my birthday by encouraging all my bloggin' friends to join in on a positive Pitty Post Day. I hope we can do it again next year! And, I'm trying to convince the momma into doing something extra special for my gotcha day this year. But, honestly, I agree with Kristen... every day is a celebration!
-Corbin

Hannah said...

Too funny! Tesla's "gotcha" became her birthday (January 7th). 3 Years later we got Edison at 9 months old on October 8th...making his birthday January 8th!

In the past, I would get the pooches something a little extra for their birthdays and the humans would have cake. This year, we are having a "Black Tie Optional" party (humans and guests on honor only) -- who are we kidding, we just like to have parties! =)

ari_1965 said...

I celebrate Buddha's birthday. I usually snap a picture and send it to friends in an email saying he's...oh, gosh, he'll be 7 next May 22nd. Time flies really fast when you have a great dog.

I buy him a marrow bone as a special birthday treat. I say Happy Birthday to him. And he replies, "Donne-moi la moelle osseuse!" He's all about the bone.

(He's half Belgian Malinois, so he tends to say things in French, but never in Flemish or Dutch because I don't speak Flemish or Dutch. He's very considerate that way.)

I feel I haven't gone overboard into crazy pet lady land yet because I:

a. I don't make him wear a birthday hat
b. I say Happy Birthday to him, but I don't sing it
c. I buy him a present (the marrow bone), but I don't wrap it

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mates, we celebrate our birthdays but most times greedy mum and dad and the kids eat our cake! Can you believe it? We're only young though so we hope future birthdays will be more fulfilling hehe. Don't know if we have visited your blog before but we will try and keep up with your posts. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Two French Bulldogs said...

Butt of course!
Benny & Lily

waldobungie said...

We celebrate ours!

Maybe instead of saying you don't celebrate their birthdays, you can say you celebrate EVERY DAY! ;)

Annie & Pauls Mom said...

Annie and Paul were Birthday Presents one year for the Hubbs and me, so each year around our birthdays we also celebrate their got ya days with them. They both get a piece of birthday cake an extra bully stick, and usually go somewhere fun/interesting with them.

My Two Pitties said...

I love their birthday photos:D I think I get more excited for my dogs' birthdays than my own! I celebrate their gotcha days too and of course we celebrate kitty's b-day too which means more raw meat for all!

Kari in Vegas said...

I celebrate by posting it online... thats about it

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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