As parents, it’s important to celebrate the milestones in your baby’s life. Birthdays and “gotcha days” for pets are no exception. Playmates and their parents typically join in the celebration by bringing a treat or new chewy toy to share. Parents have been known to go overboard for their dogs with bow tie pawty favors, fancy fire hydrant cakes and beef flavored beer.
But nothing’s too good for your fur baby.
Dog parents all over Charlotte are planning parties for their dogs. Jessica Eudy knew she wanted to celebrate Dunkel’s first birthday.
Twelve of Dunkel’s closest furry friends celebrated with birthday cake while their owners enjoyed pupcakes and pupperoni pizza. Eudy decorated her farm with a happy birthday banner and balloons. Guests took photos in a homemade photo booth and played a lot of frisbee. Even her goats joined in the fun.
Birthday parties for four-legged family members are trending in Charlotte. Local businesses are catering to the needs of dog owners by providing space, party supplies and dog-edible cakes and beer.
Check out these resources for your fur baby’s next birthday:
Places to celebrate
The Dog Bar
3307 N. Davidson St.
The Dog Bar in NoDa has tables for humans and a play area for dogs. Parties with human food and dog snacks are allowed, just be mindful of allergies and food aggression. Membership ($10 per dog annually) is required,as well as up-to-date vaccinations.
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
2220 Thrift Rd. and 19607 Statesville Rd., Cornelius
Rent the 1000-sq.-ft. indoor play yard for four hours for $100 at the Charlotte location. Reserve one table in another area for free at both locations. Human food is allowed, although dog treats, cake and food of any type are not allowed. Website has specific party rules.
Breweries – North Carolina health codes may have prevented pups from entering taprooms, but they’re still welcome on the patios and outdoor seating. Check with your favorite brewery for details on party guidelines.
Dog Parks – Meetup at one of Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation’s six dog parks– dog parks may not be reserved. Outdoor shelters and picnic tables at parks throughout the county may be reserved for parties.
Doggie Day Care and Spas– Some day care centers provide party packages for their clients. Social Pet Hotel offers Cocktail, House and Block Party options for $75-$170. Depending on the package, your dog and his best buddies are treated to cake, treats and goody bags.
Favors, Food and Fun
A party is never complete without accessories. Colorful bandanas, party hats, dog bone shaped ornaments, cupcake toys, pawty bags and other fun additions make the party special.
Entertain guests with frisbee games, obedience competitions, musical sit (think musical chairs without the chairs) and paw painting. Hire photographer, Kim Hollis, owner of BARKography, to capture special moments.
125 Remount Rd
This spot bakes personalized cakes in the shape of dog bones, fire hydrants and hearts ($15-$38). Cakes are safe for dogs and contain no sugar or chocolate. Add a balloon decorated neck tie and bow tie for a spiffy birthday doggie ($6). Treat canine friends to doggie ice cream ($1.85) or Bowser Beer ($5.25).
Three Dog Bakery
19825 N. Cove Rd, Cornelius
The self-described “bakery for dogs” has cakes ($16.95-$26.95) and individual pastries ($1.50-$4). Don’t forget the party hats, bandanas and birthday candles. Find toys, collars, leashes, chews and healthy treats for the birthday boy or girl.
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming SouthPark
4810F Ashley Park Lane
It has birthday bones, cupcake cookies, cookie cakes and a five-tiered cookie cake ($5.99-$27.99). Pink and blue party hats, cake mix, make-your-own doggie ice cream and party collars with pom-poms for the exceptionally stylish pup.
Email for orders (Paws_cake@yahoo.com)
Treat your furry guests to a peanut butter cake with a banana cream cheese frosting or a pumpkin cake with a peanut butter frosting cakes ($10-$29). Cakes are 100 percent natural, made with peanut butter, shredded carrots, honey, pumpkin, bacon and bananas.
Photos: Mollie Zachman, Megan Young, Kim Hollis with BARKography, Melissa Johnston, Dani Tallent, Jessica Eudy