I can’t believe it but Kilo the Pug just turned 6 and has been part of our family for 4 years.
I was away for his actual birthday last weekend so I am planning his celebration now. I’d like it to be my dog’s best birthday ever of course.
Planning for any special occasion can sometimes seem like a daunting task. When you throw your precious pup into the mix, things can get even more stressful!
We’re no strangers to throwing a good birthday party for Kilo the Pug, and because we know that celebrating their special day is just one of the many ways to show your love, we want to help you throw the ultimate birthday bash without all the stress.
If your pup has a birthday or Gotcha day coming up, read on to find out how you can make this year your dog’s best birthday yet!
Thank you for the help writing these tips from our newest dog loving contributor Katie. You can see more of her work at Instagram @kate.mendonca or katemendonca.com.
10 Tips to Make This Year’s Celebration Your Dog’s Best Birthday Ever
Pick a Theme
Any good party has a theme, and a birthday or Gotcha Day celebration for your pup is no exception. Use the theme to tie in your décor, food, and outfits for a cohesive look throughout the day.
This year, we love eating Hot Dogs and the weather has been so hot so we are going tropical with a “Tropic Like It’s Hot” theme. Hot Diggity!
What’s a party without guests, so go ahead and invite all of your dog’s best pals! They can be human and four legged – you know your pet best, so be sure to choose guests that will create a positive vibe and will love to join in the festivities.
In Kilo’s case, he really only likes his family, a few favorite human friends and his plush pet pals.
He is not great about sharing, especially food, so it will be way more fun for him to get all the attention and treats. Speaking of treats:
If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating with good weather, plan for a party outdoors. Your guests will love the extra room to run around and play! If you could use a little extra room, head to your local dog-friendly park and set up the fun there at a comfortable time of the day.
Remember to have shade and water available as pugs like Kilo can overheat easily.
Also remember to have garbage bags and poop bags and pick up the poop and clean up any mess.
Special occasions call for plenty of photos, so make this bash stand out from the rest with fun decorations and costumes at a photo station. Both humans and pups will love dressing up and taking silly photos to remember the day by.
Food and Treats
Don’t forget about the most important part of any birthday celebration, at least in Kilo’s case – the food! We have so many how to recipe videos and delicious dog-friendly recipes on the site to choose from that all your furry and human guest/s are sure to love.
Pup themed Cupcakes or Pupcakes, Wiener Cookies, Veggie Pups and Hot Dog Wieners make the best birthday Party Treats Ever for a Greedy Pug like Kilo! One of them even looks like a pug – that makes it a Pugcake.
Consider setting up treasure hunts, mini agility courses, puzzles and trick contests to keep high-energy dogs busy. Kilo LOVES showing off tricks for treats and jumping over or through things or playing “go find”. If you have space, maybe set up a ball pit in a plastic pool or if it’s hot, maybe set up a splash pool.
Weather can be unpredictable, so plan for anything and everything that could go awry. Making sure that there’s a plan in place to deal with inclement weather is key, especially if you’re looking to host your party outdoors.
Everyone loves receiving little gifts, so why not put together some goodie bags to thank all your guests for attending! Toys, Bullwrinkles, cookies, or other small treats are ideal for creating loot bags that both humans and pups will appreciate. You can even use poop bags, photos from the photo booth if you can print in time, or printed recipes or cards like our downloadable giveaways on Talent Hounds.
Gifts for Kilo- Make a Difference
Kilo loves toys and treats so we will spoil him a little but we will also make a donation to his rescue. We will ask any guests not to bring gifts but to donate to a cause they love in his honour.
Share the Memories
When all is said and done, don’t forget to share the photos of the even with all of your guests. Whether you decide to give personalized thank you’s or create a digital photo album of the day, it’s a great way to ensure that everyone who attended is able to look back on a great pawty.
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Gift Basket Giveaway to Make Your Dog’s Day
We’d like to give you a reason to celebrate too so we are giving away a Bullwrinkles and Barnsdale Farms Gift Basket- woohoo!! Kilo’s favorite treats and bully sticks- thank you to our wonderful sponsor.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED Enter by telling me you’d like to win in the comments or filling in the entry form at the bottom of the page. Open to residents of US and Canada over the age of majority (ex Quebec) where legal from August 16th to September 1st at 5pm. Winner will be chose by random draw and notified by e-mail. Prize will be delivered to eligible winner by sponsor (Eurocan Pet Products makers of Bullwrinkles and Barnsdale Farms Dog treats and chews).