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The housewarming

This weekend we were invited to Ben the Greyhound’s housewarming (his parents were there, too).  This was a chance to get together with some of our closest hound friends in a dog-friendly and informal setting.  Of course, I brought the treats for the dogs:  salmon squares and my newest recipe:  a frozen yoghurt treat with peanut butter, banana and honey.

There is nothing more enjoyable than being able to relax and talk and you don’t have to leave your dog at home alone.

Since dogs are family, I think it’s important to include them in special moments.

The next day, I had to attend an event called the Miniature Schnauzer Christmas Picnic which I had agreed to sponsor.  At our stall, we were signing dogs up for our Birthday Club.  Membership is free – and qualifies dogs for special offers when their birthday comes around.  We will help the parents book their dog’s massage, order a cake, organise a massage party for the birthday dog and guests, or schedule a bake-your-own dog treat party.

Both my friend and I were speechless when a woman told us, “Oh, I don’t celebrate any of those things with my dogs.  I don’t know their birthdays and we’ve never celebrated on a certain day.  I don’t give them Christmas gifts, either”

As she walked away, we both found our voices and asked each other why anyone would have a dog and not mark anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions? Dogs are such simple creatures, that almost anything can be special and a reward for them.

So my advice is get celebrating – with your dog and their friends – because it is these special moments that you will remember.

Bens housewarming

Ben the host and guests

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ben and Mouse have a birthday

Today Ben and Mouse celebrated their 5th birthday and we were invited.

Ben and Mouse

Mouse (left) and Ben (right)

We see Ben and Mouse at greyhound walks and we are lucky that we have developed friendships with their humans and other humans/greyhounds who were at the party.

In total, 7 hounds attended the party – with no incidents including feeding them their own doggy birthday cake.

Here are some photos of the day:




Ben makes himself at home on the sofa at Mouse’s house

Geoff and Elsie

Elsie charms Geoff

Ben opens his present

Ben opens his present


A good time was had by all.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand