Honey’s birthday is coming up.
Normally I wouldn’t do much for it. I’d tell myself that as a dog, the day doesn’t mean much to Honey.
But everyone deserves a special day sometimes.
On January 26, Honey will turn five years old.
And if I’m honest, I’m feeling a little sad.
She’s getting white hairs on her back although her muzzle is still gold. She’s healthy and fit and in the prime of her life.
There’s nothing to feel sad about.
But I know that many golden retrievers die young of cancer. And I worry.
Here’s hoping that she follows the example of my first dog, Agatha, and lives to sixteen.
And of course, we all know that dogs are stand-ins for our feelings about things. And I’m ambivalent about my own birthday.
Growing up, my family was somewhat… chaotic.
We celebrated holidays differently every year or missed them entirely. And birthdays, while never missed, got celebrated when it was convenient. “We’ll go out for dinner next month when things are less busy.”
As an adult, I’ve developed a fondness for ritual. I look forward to my little Christmas traditions. And I try to make birthdays special. On the actual day.
Not crazy or over the top. But special for the person.
Because everyone deserves a special day sometimes.
Honey’s Birthday Week
This year I’ll celebrate Honey’s birthday in a big way. By giving Honey her favorite things over a week.
Tuesday, January 20 – Is a busy day for me and I work late. So I’ll give Honey a new toy to play with while I’m gone.
Wednesday, January 21 – I’ll set up nose work games in the house.
Thursday, January 22 – I’ll teach her a new trick. Not sure what yet. Perhaps you have some suggestions?
Friday, January 23 – I’ll make her a special treat that we can all share.
Saturday, January 24 – I’ll take her to a safe place to walk off leash.
Sunday, January 25 – We’ll go for an extra long walk.
Monday, January 26 – Birthday day! I’ll give Honey her favorite thing ever. I’ll spend the entire day with her. If only I could get my husband off work.
And I’m hoping you’ll help make it more of a party by joining the fun.
We’d love to see your pictures of your dogs doing Honey’s birthday activities. You can post them on the Something Wagging This Way Comes Facebook page. Or send me a link to your Pinterest page or social media picture in the comments.
Or email me your picture to SomethingWagging at gmail dot com and I’ll share it here. Make sure you tell me how you’d like the picture to be credited.
It won’t mean much to Honey to see pictures of other dogs enjoying toys or doing tricks. But it will mean a lot to me.
And everyone deserves a special day sometimes.
Your Turn: Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday or gotcha day? How?