Did you know that all shelter dogs share the same birthday? It’s not really the same birthday, but since shelter workers can never be sure of an animal’s birthday or age, August 1st is known as the Universal Birthday for shelter dogs!
Last year, we had a blast celebrating my dog’s 13th birthday. I’m sure if he could talk, he would highly recommend his birthday adventure to anyone trying to think of how to celebrate their dog in the month of DOGust.
First, we took a trip to our local pet store. After roaming the aisles looking for treats, Rambo got to pick out a new toy. Full disclosure: he left with multiple. You’re only 13 once though, right?
After the pet store, we headed to his favorite spot – a local park with walking trails and a small lake. He was happy to take the short walk to the area where he can take a dip in the water and cool off.
We rounded out the afternoon with everyone’s favorite – ice cream. The local ice cream stand we went to even has small dishes meant just for dogs. Part of the fun was watching him keep a close eye on the girls making his ice cream cup. The focus!
If your dog is more of a homebody, Rambo also approves of homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits as a way to celebrate your dog. They are pretty easy to make and he (along with some of his dog friends) love them.
What if you don’t have a pet to pamper? Visit your local shelter! Here at Coastal, a randomly selected group of employees get to visit a local shelter for the day instead of working. We typically take a donation of toys, collars, leashes, or harnesses – whatever the shelter says they need most. A few things that I know my favorite local shelter always needs are healthy treats, soft canned food, and pill pockets. The shelter you choose will most likely have a dog that fits your preferences – big and small, they have them all! Sit and snuggle, or get up and romp; whatever you choose, you’ll be making that dog’s DOGust day.
However you decide to celebrate, remember – have fun! Dogs are special and give us unconditional love, no matter what. They deserve at least one day that’s all about them.