Ask The Hairy Dogfathers: Dog Birthday Blues

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Dear Hairy Dogfathers,

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Guys, we are having a birthday party here for our youngest dog. He is going to be one year old. Time sure flies when you are having fun! Her friends from flyball are coming over, and we are going to have pupcakes, and play some games.

Of course I am looking forward to the party. But I’m kinda feeling weird about it because my other two dogs – I don’t know when they were born! They were both from the same shelter, and even their ages are a guess. I just have no idea when their birthdays are, how do I celebrate and make them included, when I don’t know when they were born!

Birthday Blues

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Happy birthday, my furry friend. Celebrating your dog’s birthday can be a hoot, and the best thing is that they are never expecting it.

Believe it or not, we have a similar problem in our house. We know the birthdays of two of our dogs but not the third. Thankfully there are some easy solutions to this.

One of them is to celebrate everyone on the same day. This is great because it’s easy and you avoid the pack politics that arise when you are giving more special attention to a dog that’s lower on the pack order.

If you are set on all of your dogs having their own birthdays, the solution is celebrating their ‘Gotcha Day,’ which is the day that they became part of your family.

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We are lucky enough to know the birthdays of two of our dogs, but not Belle. But, it’s kinda like a dog’s birthday here every day! They get plenty of adventures, playtime and great food. We cuddle them, and they have piles of toys. So I don’t feel too bad that we don’t know Belle’s birthday.

I do like to mark Belle’s “Gotcha Day,” the day I adopted her from the rescue. I feel that it is important to mark the day she entered into our family. We don’t do anything too big or overwhelming, we just celebrate it.

Part of having a multi-dog pack is ensuring that each dog gets some alone time, away from the other dogs. This alone time is really special, and we look for opportunities to celebrate our dogs, each and every day. Birthdays and Gotcha Days are nice, but dogs prefer the day to day chances to celebrate their lives with you!