Birthday parties for pooches all the rage

L-R: Amberley Dewar with Impi (3) and Siobhan Mander with Leia (1).  Billy's Day-Care for Dogs celebrated the birthday of Impi and Leia with special doggy treats. Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Amberley Dewar with Impi (3) and Siobhan Mander with Leia (1). Billy's Day-Care for Dogs celebrated the birthday of Impi and Leia with special doggy treats. Photo: David Baylis

JIMMY Chew treats and Pucci parties – forget over-the-top birthdays for kids, celebrations for our beloved canines are becoming increasingly popular amongst owners keen to treat their four-legged friends to a ‘pawty’.

Billy’s Day Care for Dogs owner Chantal Magnus said the industry had grown since they opened the doors to Perth’s first day care centre for dogs in 2007.

“When we first opened our doors we were pioneers in the industry and people had a bit of a chuckle at the idea of a dog day care centre and we had to convince people it wasn’t frivolous,” she said.

“Soon after we starting celebrating the birthdays of the dogs we look after because I am a massive fan of celebrating everyone’s birthday whether it is mine, family members or friends.

“It’s a time to celebrate our existence on this planet and we think it is equally important to celebrate our furry companions.”

Ms Magnus said they marked the occasion with a special photo, party hats, bubbles and games such as agility courses, ball pits and paddling pools.

“Parents will often bring in birthday bags for the other dogs or a cake,” she said.

“Some owners go all out with the party bags with goodie bags made to order to dog’s specific dietary requirements, particular toy passions and we have had names engraved on items to make them really personal.

“It makes it a really fun occasion.”

Ms Magnus said the centre also hosted parties for small breeds in their Penthouse for Petite Paws.

“We run Pucci parties designed exclusively for our petite breeds in our luxury penthouse which includes handcrafted bedding, plush furniture, floral arrangements, airconditioning, Jimmy Chew treats and even extra staff appointed to be the dog’s butler,” she said.

“It’s a fantastic purpose-built venue where small dogs can run and play without the fear of being stepped on.”

Shirelle Pajich’s cavoodle silkchon Leia celebrated her first birthday at Billy’s Day Care last week.

“I spent half the night making stuff to go into treat bags to take to Leia’s doggy daycare,” she said.

“I made a little cup cake, a Schmacko, chicken Parma biscuits and biscuits with peanut butter, apple and oats.

“I felt obligated as everyone else seemed to be doing it!”