Sunday, 3 January 2010

dog birthday party - or just an excuse for humans to have a feast?

Today Penny and I went to a birthday party for a dog from our walking group. Her name is Bella, and she lives up to that name, I must say.

She had a horrific start in life but has now been rescued into a wonderful home, living with two humans who understand that Bella will need lots of care and training to become the dog she can be.

I didn't know what to expect from a doggie party and had visions of having to watch Penny every moment to make sure she was mingling well. I don't generally stand around in parks with groups of dogs, as I like Penny to keep moving and stay out of any potential for conflict.

Well, to my surprise, all the dogs had a calm but fun couple of hours, all mixing well and trotting busily around the yard together.

I guess it's a tribute to the choice of dogs invited to the party - the dogs know each other from our regular walks and spent time together at our recent Christmas party at Kepala Dog Country Club.

There was a lovely barbecue - but the dogs only got to stand around and hope in vain that a bit of meat would fall their way.

There was delicious party food

- but the dogs only got to gather under the table and hope in vain that someone would slip them a crumb.

I wonder whether the dogs knew it was a party for them. Or did they suspect that, once again, it was all about us humans having fun?


Maggie and Mitch said...

What a bummer that you and your friends didn't get a piece of those yummy-looking cakes, Penny! Life is just not fAire sometimes!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

parlance said...

Maggie and Mitch, I should add that there was something quite fAire about the party. The dogs got to take home a doggy-bag of treats, and our hostess had even gone to the trouble to make a special pack for Penny, one that was for dogs who are sensitive to certain foods.

Mary said...

It is good to see that dogs looking like they had a good time. I am seeing dogs here, happily walking and wagging their tails, as they walk around the streets in the freezing weather. It is very cold here in New York but the dogs don't seem to care. Some had coats but many don't. I have seen people carrying their little dogs when in stores, not sure what happens with the bigger dogs. Did see one tied up outside and another couple waiting alertly outside a Starbucks - it was freezing but they seemed fine.

Sue said...

When we have parties, it's the humans who stand around with nothing to eat. We have great treats and play fast, rough games. I guess because there are ten of us, we sort of dominate the parties. Happy New Year Penny and to your Mom, too.

parlance said...

Wow! I wouldn't want to get in the way of ten partying Portuguese ladies and gentlemen!

parlance said...

Mary, I wonder if those dogs waiting in the cold spend much time outside, or whether they are more used to being indoors. You'd think they'd feel the cold, if so.

Slavenka said...

Oh,now I'm hungry ;))

parlance said...

Slavenka, the food was yummy!