The adventures of a veterinarian with lots of practical advice but no practical experience on raising a puppy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Birthday Girl

Today Darcy is 1 year old. I thought about having a party - although how exactly does an adult go about throwing a 1st birthday party for a dog (I almost said puppy!)? How would I actually schedule some sort of a "celebration" without confirming the suspicion that I actually am insane? The kids and I have talked about it, lots of ideas involving cupcakes, party hats, pictures and all the neighborhood dogs - did you notice I said kids? There isn't really anyone else here (over the age of 8) that might want to actually go the distance with a dog birthday party. So... I'm thinking it over and to be honest... I would really rather celebrate with a little retail therapy. I don't need a cupcake and it would probably give Darcy diarrhea. I don't actually own a little doggy party hat and I'm not really crafty enough to make one. I took a picture to commemorate the day but our neighborhood dogs aren't really refined enough to invite. I'm sure you know what I mean.

Oddly enough I happened upon an amazing website with gorgeous handmade collars. That is more like it! A new collar for Darcy will be just like a new pair of boots for me! Then, I watched Pride and Prejudice and ogled her namesake in her honor. I guess I'm trying to justify my vices - online shopping and Matthew Macfadyen. Is there shame in loving fine leather goods and fine English actors? Is there shame in self gratification and pinning it on a poodle's birthday party? I guess what I'm saying is that I would understand (and won't judge!) either approach - cupcakes or collars.

Happy Birthday Darcy! The past year has been so much fun and we are so fortunate to have you in our family. You truly are part of our lives now and have adjusted to the chaos beautifully. Our harmonious dysfunction has certainly shaped your little doggy personality and your "endearing quirks" are no doubt due to my own "endearing quirks" - I'm not sure that is a compliment! Take us or leave us we are a pair and I can't wait for all the birthdays to come!