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Enter to Win ‘Let’s Have a Dog Party!’

Written by PETA | August 26, 2011

“We give dogs time we can spare, and love we can spare. And, in return, they give us their all. It’s the best deal anyone ever made.”
—M. Acklam

Does your dog get the “leftovers“—leftover time, leftover attention, leftover energy? We’re all busy, but our dogs deserve more than leftovers. Quality time with their humans—spent playing fetch or hide-and-seek or getting a massage or even just a scratch behind the ears or a belly rub—is food for the doggie soul. Here are some fun, easy “snacks” for your dog’s psyche from PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party!

Dogs appreciate the simplest of gestures. Even a few kind words can send a pup into belly-up bliss. Praise your dog often with kind words, such as “Good puppy! What a sweetie! We love you!” and prepare for the wet kisses. Special treats—a new toy (try a musical one), homemade biscuits, or even cardboard boxes to shred, a sock with a ball tied inside it, or a branch to chew on—can make a dog’s day. A raised voice can ruin it.

Every dog loves a walk, and they need the exercise (as do we!). They also need to catch up on all the local neighborhood news, so let them sniff. If you’re using a collar, which can cause imperceptible but nagging neck injuries even if the dog pulls only slightly, try switching to a safer and more comfortable harness, which gives you better and easier control. Never use a choke or pinch collar—they hurt, and they’re dangerous. Your best bet for dogs who pull hard is a Sense-ation harness, which has a front leash attachment.

When the weather is hot, short walks (never jogs) during the coolest parts of the day are best, choosing shady, grassy routes and avoiding hot pavement, which can burn foot pads. If you can’t walk barefoot on it, your dog shouldn’t have to, either. Walk at a leisurely pace and take along water. Overexerted dogs can quickly suffer from heatstroke because of their fur coats and inability to perspire through their skin, just as they do  when they are left in a hot car.

A dog party is a great way to show that you care. There are plenty of excuses to throw one—birthdays, adoption anniversaries, “bark” mitzvahs, and more. Invite friends to the beach, a dog park, or your backyard, and treat canine and human guests to fun games, snacks, and goodie bags.

For more detailed ideas for giving your biggest fan some star treatment, enter to win a copy of Let’s Have a Dog Party! by posting a comment below telling us how you celebrate your dog.*


Written by Michelle Sherrow

*The winner will be chosen at random from commenters who tell us how they celebrate their dogs. The contest ends September 2, 2011, and the winner will be notified by September 16. Rules and restrictions apply. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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  • Kelly Ann T. says:

    I celebrate my dog by taking him to as many dog events as we can. This events include alot of fundraisers for different rescue groups. We have alot of fun and help out other dogs so its a win win day.

  • Tricia says:

    I found a job closer to home so I could spend more time with my dog, and every day I make sure she gets attention and affection. Every weekend she gets to sleep in, on my bed (usually stealing my covers) and we watch TV together until she decides it’s time for a walk.

  • SUSAN says:

    my dog loves to be in the kitchen when I cook. I toss veggies over my shoulder for her to catch!

  • Sara says:

    I think it’s a great to show appreciation to your dog. I haven’t spent much time with my dog considering I’m starting school again and she is getting older and older. I think this would a great to show that I love her.

  • preciolandia says:

    I always give my baby a beef cake for his birthday!

  • Lauren Holt says:

    I celebrate my dog everyday with kisses and treats! But on his birthday, 12th April, I bake him a huge liver cake for dinner – complete with candles (which I blow out for him!) – but the cake gets spread over the whole week! I wrap all his presents loosely in wrapping paper; he loves tearing it off! And then on Christmas I’ll take him an extra long walk – there’s no other dogs in the field, so I make sure to make up for his lack of puppy pals!

  • jill says:

    I celebrate my dog everyday by spending quality doggie time with lots of hugs and kisses

  • AbbyGGG says:

    I think this is a great way to show your appreciation to your dog and to give back all that he/she has given too you 🙂

  • Deosil1977 says:

    I remember clear as day my babies first birthdays. We threw a little party and had a puppy cake. It was lovely.

  • Robyn says:

    By making them yummy vegan snacks and cuddling up with them on the couch to give them lots of love!!! =)))

  • Kathy says:

    would like to win this!

  • Taylor K says:

    Decided to go freelance and work from home so I could be with my two dogs a lot more time!

  • tiara g says:

    my dog Rocko has had a rough year since he tore his ACL. his spirits are up and he has become more active and I would love to throw him a Dog Party to celebrate and play with all his pooch friends to make up for his summer of No playtime 🙁

  • Rachelle says:

    To celebrate my dog, I get together with other dogs and their owners at our local park. It’s a great way to socialize with people and pets!