While most people have heard of throwing over-the-top parties for children, the idea of throwing a birthday party for pets is gaining popularity.
According to the Mother Nature Network, many dog owners are marking their pets' birthdays with celebrations that include all the fixings of a regular party including decorations, party hats, cake and a guest list (including both human and animal friends).
The website reports that some businesses are even popping up in response to the trend. In Washington state, pet-friendly restaurant The Dining Dog Café regularly hosts birthday parties for dogs, their owners and friends.
Business owner Dorothy Moore has even launched a canine party planning service. Last year, she organized about 100 dog parties that ranged in price from $100 to $500 each, including high-end soirees, during which owners rent limos for their dogs and guests.
While other dogs and their owners will surely grace the guest list for any canine party, making sure there are appropriate party favors for everyone is important.
Instead, owners may consider ordering personalized stickers to put on small bags of doggie treats or biscuits.