If you are a fellow parent, I am willing to bet you understand this statement well: there are few things I would not do in this world in order to bring joy to my children. That includes the silly, the unnecessary, the painful, the seemingly impossible, and sometimes, the potentially ridiculous.
Like throwing your new dog a birthday party. Like that ridiculous.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PARTY
The summer of 2011, we lost our beloved loyal companion of 12 years, our sweet dog Thor. We hadn’t planned on adopting another dog so soon, but fate worked its lovely miraculous hands and into our lives in November of that year came a super sweet, happy, smart, lovable guard dog named Kirby. Our children were enamored, and their smiles filled my mama heart with so much joy.
My kids LOVE birthdays. Kirby’s birthday was just a couple of months after we adopted him. So from the time we adopted him, the kids wouldn’t stop talking about his birthday, and how he was going to turn three.
What should we get Kirby for his birthday? Is he going to have a party? What do you think we should make Kirby for his birthday? We are so excited for Kirby’s birthday!! Kirby, are you excited for your birthday? We are! And on and on and on it went.
The depth of sadness and grief that comes with losing a longtime furry family member coupled with the sweetness that comes with your children lovingly welcoming a new dog into the family is overwhelming. If you’ve been there, you might understand. There was no question about it: we would host a birthday party for our new dog.
PUPPY PARTY GOODIES
Thank goodness for friends and family who totally get us, and who attended Kirby’s 3rd birthday party without even batting an eye at the (crazy) idea.
We baked homemade dog biscuits (recipe below), which were super easy and fast to make. He also loved them!
Kirby had a special stack of birthday star treats. He did not blow out the candle, but happily gobbled up the treats.
I designed some labels for the treat jars for Kirby’s presents, and then we also filled some take out containers with treats for our guests to take home to their own doggies.
::DIY BLISS TIP:: Save all containers that enter your house — you can reuse them for so many things! The smaller takeout containers were actual takeout containers from restaurants and delis, and the the taller container with blue lid is a former peanut butter jar. Give these a super good wash when the contents are done, and they are good to go! We use these for the kids’ art supply containers, office supply containers, party favor and gift containers, and so much more.
For the human guests, in addition to traditional party food, we made sugar cookies dipped in chocolate in the shape of dog bones.
Overall, the party was a success. Kirby was smiling his sweet happy dog smile and my kids beamed from ear to ear. I realized afterward that it was really a celebration of Kirby’s entrance into our family, and I love that our kids were so insistent on doing this for him.
- 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter smooth
- 1 1/4 cups hot water
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- Extra flour for rolling the dough
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour and oats.
- Add in the peanut butter and hot water and stir well.
- Once all of the ingredients are well incorporated, knead the dough a few times.
- Roll out the dough onto a floured surface until it is about 1/4? thick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet, or baking sheet with Silpat.
- With a pastry brush, lightly brush egg onto top of each biscuit.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes. After removing biscuits from the oven, cool on the baking sheet for at least one hour.
Now, as we approach Kirby’s 4th birthday, the kids are happy with just having a small family celebration. They’ve made cards and we’ll make more dog treats, but no big party this year.
If you’ve got a furry family member, do you celebrate his/her birthday in any special way? Hope that at the very least, you can use this dog treat recipe. Enjoy! :)