5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Gotcha Day
No party animal can resist pupcakes and scavenger hunts.
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Your last birthday party may have included a bottle of wine and a Zoom screen, but the novelty of a virtual fête was likely lost on your dog. Their “Gotcha Day” is the anniversary of the day they were adopted, and as such, is deserving of a proper party — so what if they can’t read a calendar? According to the American Pet Association, 22 percent of dog owners celebrate their pet’s birthday, so it’s hardly a rare occurrence anymore — even more of a reason to celebrate. Below, all the party essentials necessary to throw your pup a proper bday bash.
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1. Let them eat cake
2. Design a scavenger hunt
3. Host a dog park party
4. Splurge on designer duds
5. Commission a portrait
Technically, you can live without this stuff, but we don’t recommend it.
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