Along with seeing pictures of baby showers on Facebook, I have noticed more people posting pictures of their puppy showers. As a “mommy” of two dogs, I think this canine event is a great trend for dog lovers. After all, we often have showers to celebrate a new baby. Puppy showers are a wonderful way for dog lovers to welcome a furry addition to the family. Here are some tips on how to throw a fun puppy shower.
Where and When
When choosing a location, you should pick a place with plenty of outdoor space. If you are inviting other dogs, you may want to rent out a doggie daycare space. Also, keep in mind that diseases like parvovirus are very contagious. As a dog owner whose puppy had parvo, I assure you this isn’t something you want your pooch to catch. Thus, you should wait to have the shower until your dog is vaccinated. Also, make sure your doggy guests are up-to-date on their vaccinations.
A picture of your pup is a must for an invitation. Then, add a phrase like, Join us in welcoming Scout to our family. Next, provide the essentials details such as the date, time and address. After that, decide if you are inviting other dogs to the party or not. If you don’t want other puppies at the party, kindly state: Please leave your doggies at home.
If possible, try to coordinate your invitations and decorations. Balloons with paw prints or foil balloons with pictures of dogs are simple ways to decorate. At the entrance of your party, place a collage of your puppy. Include pictures of when you brought your puppy home and other important moments. Any party store has dog-themed plates, cups and napkins. A dog-bone piñata is another cute idea.
A party isn’t a party without yummy food. Little sandwiches cut into dog boned shapes are appropriate finger foods. You can place salads in small new dog bowls. Cupcakes or cookies with a doggy face are an easy dessert. Of course, have plenty of dog treats for your canine guests.
“Fetch the newspaper” is a fitting game. Place newspapers or rolls of paper into a bucket. Then, divide the party into equal groups. The game works as a relay. Each member of the group runs to grab a newspaper and then brings it back to a doormat. The first team to empty the bucket wins. If you have other dogs at the party, consider an obstacle course or game of Frisbee as an activity.
It may sound strange. However, puppy showers aren’t only reserved for young pups. If you have just rescued an older dog or adopted a “middle-aged” canine, don’t hesitate to throw a party to celebrate!