My big dog, Benny, turns 9 on January 15th. For his birthday, he and I go for a special walk together, and then he gets a burger with bacon, and to sit on the couch by the fire as his dad pets him and tells him what a good boy he is.
Because he can’t hear that enough! (And really, who can hear that enough?)
And Here’s Gus
He’ll be 10 on Monday. For his birthday, his mom, Holly, and his sister Boots take him to McDonald’s, where they share a plain burger and each get a spoonful of vanilla shake. Their parrot brother, Austin, eats the bun.
What does your pet want for his or her birthday?
My clients ask their pets this question quite often, and what we hear is that pets like our full attention and some time with us. They like a present or two, but what they want more than anything is our full attention, which is free and usually pretty easy to give.
It’s so funny. Owners are sometimes quite disappointed.
I had a client who threw her dog an elaborate party (with a custom mashed potato and carrot cake) and her dog told me that what she loved most was when everybody left and her mom scratched her belly and they sat on the rug surrounded by new toys.
I asked about the party, and Glory said, That was okay. But I really liked it when my mom scratched my belly.
Tell us how you celebrate?
Can you share how you celebrate milestones with your pet? What do they enjoy most?