Iíve always celebrated all of my dogs’ birthdays and remember every one to this day. There is no big birthday cake, but I always honor the occasion in some special way. It usually involves a new toy, treats, and extra time with my birthday dog enjoying an outdoor activity together.
According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cats’ †birthdays. If thatís accurate, then Iím actually in the minority.
My beloved Yellow Lab, Sanchez is 10 years old today, May 17. How could he possibly be 10 already? He was just a puppy yesterday, wearing his “Puppy in Training for Guide Dogs for the Blind” green jacket. Even though he was bred and raised to be a guide dog, he was “career changed” at 18 months of age, for being “too much dog” and I was then able to adopt him.
Heís taken the term “career changed” quite literally, as heís since had a multitude of careers, including agility, musical canine freestyle, acting, student greeter, and mascot/dog model/musical muse for Through a Dogís Ear. If he had become a guide dog, he’d most likely be retired by now. And I would have missed all of the wonderful birthdays we have shared together, including the current virtual party celebrating the wonderful gift he is in my life.
Do you celebrate your petís birthday? Thanks for answering in a comment and taking our poll. If you donít know the actual birthday, do you celebrate your adoption date or make up a date? A fan on Facebook, called it their “Gotcha Day.” Love that! What do you call it?
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated from an earlier version that ran on May 17, 2012.
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