3 Reasons to Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday


Shasta turned three years old recently, and Taylor and I decided that it was a grand idea to throw her a small birthday party. It included music, games, and a dog-friendly cake. But, why even bother going through the effort of throwing such a thing for an animal who has no concept of time?

Here are our reasons.

Number 1:

Even if Shasta doesn’t have any true concept of years, or birthdays, and won’t understand why we are giving her extra treats, extra love, and new toys, she understands that it makes her very happy. Who doesn’t love a happy animal? She was so hype for the cake, and played with her new toys all afternoon.


Number 2:

A dog birthday party requires no invitations, little cleanup (especially if you buy a cake mix like this Carob Cake Mix and Frosting) and you can make it as big of a deal as you want to. Shasta would have been off the wall for her birthday no matter what. She’s not going to sit there and cry like a child because we forgot to get the right kind of candles, or because her friend couldn’t make it. She’s happy, we’re happy, and we didn’t even have to put “real” clothes on.


Number 3:

There are a lot of really awful things happening all over the world, every day. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the negatives, and forget the little positives. Shasta’s birthday was a small event that made so many people smile. Sometimes we all just need to have a slightly silly holiday where we can laugh, dance, and eat.


Have you ever thrown a pup-party? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!

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The TOP Long-Lasting Dog Toys


If you’re like me, you may have a dog that seems to chew through every single toy you give them. These toys don’t come cheap, and every time you see them tearing a new one to bits, your wallet cries a little bit more.

The solution? Buy some of these long-lasting dog toys, designed specifically to last. All of these have been tested by our own German Shepherd, Shasta. She is three, and loves a good challenge.

3. The Classic KONG, by KONG

Find it on Amazon:
KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black

This toys is one you can easily find at your local pet store. It makes this list because it is one of the top rated dog toys, and it more durable than others. It may not be THE MOST durable, but it will last a little longer than a stuffed toy. Shove some treats inside, and they’ll be more concerned about getting those out. Shasta still plays with her little pink puppy Kong, but they offer larger, more durable sizes.

2.  Jolly Ball Tug n Toss, by Jolly Pets.

Find it on Amazon:
Jolly Pets 8-Inch Tug-n-Toss, Red

We recommend the 8 inch style for a dog similar sized to Shasta. She loves to play tug with it, but its much stronger than a rope toy. This one is such a winner, that we got her another one to keep solely outside.


1.The Varsity Ball, by Varsity Pets

Find it on Amazon: Varsity Pets Tennis Ball Design Dog Toy, Yellow

This is by far, the BEST toy we have ever bought for Shasta. She will run outside and play with this ball  for hours if you let her. It is so tough, they give it to Tigers to play with at zoos and rescue facilities. We have had ours for over a year, and it is still going strong. If you’re worried about the price tag – don’t be. It is a good investment compared to buying toys that will be gone before the night is over.

Please enjoy some action shots of Shasta enjoying the Varsity Ball.thatho1thatho2thatho3thatho4

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