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February 4, 2016

How Dogs Celebrate Birthdays

Today is my 30th birthday. Family and friends send good wishes, I’m given preferential treatment and this day is marked as special. Extra-special since my odometer rolls into a new decade. And how do my dogs show proper reverence for this day? “Birthday? *YAWN* That’s great, but I still
Today is my 30th birthday. Family and friends send good wishes, I’m given preferential treatment and this day is marked as special. Extra-special since my odometer rolls into a new decade. And how do my dogs show proper reverence for this day?

“Birthday? *YAWN* That’s great, but I still have to poop, so wake up.”

“Are birthdays a human celebration of taking forever to feed me breakfast? Because that’s what it feels like, Will.”

“Can you take me out again? Then tuck me in? Then give me treats? Then take me out again? Then feed me? Then tuck me in? After that the day is all yours.”

Sure, all the birthday kindness from people feels great. But I also appreciate the dogs’ complete indifference to marking any day as more or less valuable than another.

It’s important to reflect on milestones and the passage of time. It is also important to remember each day and each moment are equally worthy of our effort.

Action and reflection, in balance

I’m thankful for all the people who remind me to celebrate today. And I’m thankful for the dogs who remind me to celebrate every day.

I’m also thankful for a few extra birthday treats!

I’m off to apply for my AARP card, I’ll catch you guys tomorrow!

Comments for How Dogs Celebrate Birthdays

  1. audrey says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Will, Oh man, you are old, 30, geesh!!! Queen Penny certainly knows how to dress for the occasion!!

  2. Connie Taylor says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILL!! Its so much more fun to celebrate the day with the ones you love and who love you the most. (despite you being too slow to get their treats, take them outside, cover them, read to them, repeat in one hour) . Have a blessed day.

  3. Karen says:

    Happy, happy birthday

  4. fredrieka says:

    lots of treats begged for, a romp around the kitchen or yawn and carry the bone in your mouth like a cigar. That is a great celebration

  5. Victoria says:

    Aw 30 huh? Wow i remember that day – i turned 53 2 days ago so 30 was a while back – i don’t think you qualify for AARP yet! Happy bday and may you have the best day with family and friends – 2 and 4 legged!

  6. Elyse says:

    Happy Birthday! My thirties was a great decade — I was newly married like you are. May you have as much fun and adventure and love (human and canine!) as I did!

  7. Happy Birthday to you!!! enjoy 87 puppy kisses, hugs and tail waggs :o)

  8. nerdgrl (Kim S.) says:

    I tend to view birthdays as a process as mine usually last a month or more depending on our schedules and our BFFs’ schedules to coordinate all the celebrations. This year, my birthday is spanning two months. Makes turning 58 a little easier. Amara? She was very much like Eko and Penny: special day? harrumph! That means more treats for me, right?

  9. dashlilly says:

    Happy Birthday! Yep, the pups need their routine no matter what the day, so get going on taking care of them! And, don’t be whining about any AARP card just yet! This dog lover is spending this year rolling toward the big 5-0! Happy 30. It’s a great decade!!

  10. Happy birthday Will! John, Ginger, Reese, Molly, Bullitt, Enzo and Vera!

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone that does whatever it pleases

  11. Kismet says:

    WOW, that’s 210 in dog years! Of course if you were a parrot, you’d be just a pup.

  12. meANXIETYme says:

    Happy birthday, Will. Hope it’s an amazing day and that this year is even better than the last, if that’s even possible! 🙂

  13. fran godwin says:

    My pups are like urs, just another day. But the love my 6 give me all yr long is worth it. I bet Emily n the pups have something up their sleeves n she swore Eko n Penny to secretcy. I will be 64 in march, not sure how that happened but as long as mine get treats,fed,played with, loved they could care less.

  14. Pat says:

    Happy Birthday, Will! From my vantage point you’re just beginning to bloom. 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic birthday.

  15. Hey, I turn 30 this year too! For the 26th time. Khoi loves birthdays around our house. It means there will most likely be a cupcake left on the counter. Have a wonderful birthday and may all the Emily kisses, puppy kisses and tail wags make it even better. Penny…be good

  16. Geri Zeibert says:

    Will are you turning 30 or 50? You sure don’t look 50!

  17. Emmadog says:

    Happy Birthday! Mom says 30 makes you a youngster, so celebrate it big! We are demanding of Mom on her birthdays too. It really is just another day, but we try to be a bit nicer than usual.

  18. Donna says:

    Ah yes…they could care less about our birthdays or any other special day of ours. However, their birthday or their presents on Christmas morning …well that’s different. But we can always count on the “routine”…no matter what dang day it is…wake up 6:00pm to 6:15 am (including weekends, no alarm needed)..breakfast 5 mins later…theirs not mine…potty time and Axel insists on going to the open field 4 blocks down, rain, snow, sleet, shine doesn’t matter. He would NEVER potty in his own yard!…come back and wrestle with his sister Ariel 30 mins…then sit in front of the cabinet where the treats are until I finally hand one out to both of them…and so on. One more thing!…every single day you can count on getting all the love, kisses, snuggles, and devotion as the day before.

  19. AARP Card??? You would DIE if you were ME!! lol!!!!!! OMG….HAPPY HAPPY 30TH WILL!!!!!! You are born a day before my husband……….(and 30 something years after him!) Hoping your day is as extra special as YOU are!! Thanks for all of the “gifts” you give to US EVERY DAY!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! xoxoxo

  20. Abbie says:

    ROTFL!!! So true! But happy birthday! I often feel like I have dog’s perspective about my birthday…it just seems a bit ridiculous, and yet, I agree that celebrating and slowing down and acknowledging the time passing is important. Hope you have a great day! It sounds like Eko and Penny won’t let you forget to take care of them.

  21. They sure do help us keep perspective don’t they – live in the moment! And Happy Birthday!

  22. Merry Band of Hooligans says:

    AARP Card at 30?? Ah crap, I am 37, must need to be put in a home. Our wonderful Fur Kids are always around to keep us grounded and remember that they will ALWAYS be more special than the old two leg-eds that are the servants. Hopefully Eko will relinquish his crown and blanky to you for this so very special occasion.

    Happy Birthday! Hope it is wonderful for you, and thank you for sharing it with us! (I have to go, I have 8 very interested eyes emploring me to give them some treats)

  23. Jan & Rusty says:

    Happy Birthday, Will!! I wish you what has turned out for me .. each new decade is better than the last. And the decade I’ve had with my Rusty has been the best ever!! I never knew routine was so much fun. Have a great day, and celebrate all month long!!

  24. coastingnz says:

    Everyone has pretty much said all there is to say so I’ll keep it simple. Happy birthday Will, hope you have an awesome day. I’m sure secretly the “kids” will give you one extra cuddle, snuggle or smooch that counts for their acknowledgement of your special day.

  25. raisingdaisy says:

    Happy birthday Will!! I’m sure the pups are celebrating your birthday on the inside…even if it doesn’t show… 😉

  26. Cupcake says:

    For us doggies the routine is the routine is the routine…. is the routine. Happy birthday, Will. Eat some cake. And then tuck in the doggies…..

    Love and licks,

  27. D.S. says:

    Happy birthday, Will! Hope you’re having a grand day. Your dogs are adorable as always.

  28. Happy Birthday! Hope your day was great!

  29. KDKH says:

    Happy birthday, old man! Hey, are those spots on Eko’s tongue normal? Looks a bit odd to me….

  30. HaPpy BiRtHdAy WILL!!!!!!!!
    Wally & Sammy

  31. Happy new decade! It would be good if us humans could be more dog. Every day’s a birthday to them. Hope you had a great time.

  32. Jo Rhodes says:

    Happy birthday! We hope your year is fantastic:) Our favorite musician’s birthday’s today too!❤️

  33. Oh…you sweet your thing! ♪ღ♪░H░A░P░P░Y░ B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░░♪ღ♪ Hope it was grand!

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