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How to Throw a Pawty.
That's no typo. Yes, a pawty.
This weekend I threw a cute lil’ pawty aka a dog birthday party. My sassy pitbull mix Latte turned 14 (which is a rarity for her breed) so we threw her a possible last hurrah with other furry pals. Most of the dogs invited were senior dogs in different stages of aging. We had a small dog that came who was blind and deaf, a dog blind from one eye, and another dog who couldn’t leave his owner’s side. It was quite the antisocial event.
I got decorations, made doggie favor bags, and even baked a simple cake for the pups to enjoy. The best part of throwing this party was getting all the dogs to take pet portraits and a big group photo. My husband, who is a filmmaker, had a blast taking all the photos of our friends and their companions. At the end of the day we were buzzing from how much fun we had celebrating Latte.
As ridiculous as a dog birthday may sound, this isn’t my first rodeo. I threw Latte a huge party when she turned 10 because I felt like it was a milestone birthday and because we honestly didn’t know how much longer we’d have with her. Fast forward to year 14 and she’s pretty much the same dog but with some mobility issues. We joke that she’s alive just to spite the vet who is surprised she’s lived so long and continues to warn us that she can go at any moment.
In a world that seems to be filled with more news of despair than moments of joy, I feel like life should be filled with as much celebration as possible. Celebration doesn't have to be a grand event or a huge accomplishment. It can be as simple as appreciating a great meal, spending time with loved ones (especially the furry kind), or achieving a small goal you set for yourself. It's important to remember that celebrating doesn't have to be a one-time thing either. We can make it a habit to celebrate the good things in our lives everyday.
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