St. Patrick's Day Fun For Pets (Modified for Staying Home!) - Guest author - Rachel Hardy
PetPerennials.com would like to remind all while the Cornonavirus continues to spread across our country - even though many of these fun ideas for pets would normally be great - please adhere to the recommended guidelines offered by state and federal officials. Stay in, social distancing is important and spend time celebrating this year's St Patrick's Day with your family (human and fur). Make it a fun day - watch an Irish movie, fix a special dinner or do whatever you've found brings comfort during this time. Save these great ideas for next St. Patrick's Day!! And let us know some of the creative ideas you've found this year to keep your family occupied during this growing pandemic.
St. Patrick’s Day Fun for Pets
St. Patrick’s Day is full of fun celebrations, parades, and parties, but humans aren’t the only ones who can cash in on all the fun. If you’re looking for some extra special ways to celebrate this holiday consider having your pet be a part of all the action. While it might not be a good idea to bring your dog along to any parties or parades, there are plenty of other ways to get them involved. After doing some research and talking to some other dog moms, we’ve come up with a few ways you can get your pet involved in the holiday celebrations this year:
Play dress up
If you have a dog that’s comfortable wearing clothing, dress them up in an adorable leprechaun costume and take some pictures. Set up a small studio space at home or enlist the help of a local pet photographer. If your dog can’t stand being dressed up, look for a festive collar, bow tie, or bandana from your local pet store for an extra special touch. Be on the lookout for bright green accessories with rainbow, leprechaun, or beer mug graphics.
Take them out to a pet friendly bar or brewery (after the health restrictions have been lifted remember to visit your local breweries and pet friendly venues to support them)
If no parties or parades are in your plans, consider checking out some local pet friendly bars, restaurants, or breweries. While most restaurants require dogs to remain outside on patios or in specific seating areas, if your local brewery doesn’t serve food then you’re more than welcome to bring them indoors. Bring along your dog’s food, treats, water, and a bed for them to lounge on if you’d like while you try some new craft brews or indulge in some local cuisine. Your dog will be thrilled to come along for the ride and hopefully most of the other guests will be too.
Throw a dog friendly St. Patrick’s Day party (family only this year!)
If you have a playful or social pooch or if plenty of your friends also have dogs, throw a dog friendly St. Patrick’s Day party at home. Simply set up a room or corner of the house and fill it with all things canine. Here you can toss some beds, blankets, or pillows on the floor in addition to plenty of toys. Toss out a variety so each dog has something he or she enjoys playing with. Pull out rope toys, plush toys, and toys for tough chewers or let each dog bring his favorite. Just be on the lookout for any resource guarding once your guests arrive. You can also stuff and freeze Kong for each canine guest. If your guests don’t plan on bringing their own bowls or waste bags, make sure you provide plenty. Finally, designate a canine watcher to keep an eye out and make sure your furry guests stay out of trouble.
Bake them or buy them festive treats from a dog bakery
If you don’t plan on throwing a dogs’ only St. Patrick's day celebration, there are a few ways you can make your party a little more dog friendly and fun for your canine pals. One of those ways is by including delicious and dog safe treats. You can check out your local grocery store or large retailers like Target or Walmart to see if you can find any St. Patty’s day themed treats there or support small and local businesses by searching for local bakeries that make dog safe treats. There are plenty of bakeries that make dog friendly snacks in addition to human cakes, cookies, and pies, but there are also shops exclusively devoted to your K9. If you’re more crafty or creative in the kitchen, make some festive treats from scratch. There are thousands of dog friendly recipes on the internet for treats, cakes, cupcakes, icings, and more. Make some green colored dog treats or decorate some cakes or cookies with green icing and other fun St. Patrick’s Day themed designs.
Buy them dog “beer”
Plenty of companies have hopped on board the latest craft beer craze and launched their own “dog beers” that man’s best friend can sip while you enjoy your own on a hot summer day, a night out at your favorite restaurant, or when relaxing at home. Bowser’s Beer, a dog friendly brewery, creates non-alcoholic, non-carbonated “beer” for dogs in three flavors; Brown Beefy Ale, Cock-a-doodle Brew, and Porky Pug Porter. All of Bowser’s Beer products contain no hops, no carbonation, and no alcohol. Their products are actually made with meat broth, malt barley, and glucosamine, which is an added bonus for large breed dogs or dogs with arthritis and other joint problems. So if you’re throwing a party this St. Patty’s day, let man’s best friend in on the fun. You can have your dog drink directly from the bottle, pour it over his food, flavor his water, or you can fill and stuff a Kong for a delightful frozen treat. Don’t forget your feline friends. Bowser’s Beer is also safe for their consumption!
Rachel Hardy is a freelance writer and blogger based in Pittsburgh. She writes across multiple industries including wellness and education, but her heart is at home writing content for the pet industry. When she isn’t writing or reading, you can find her curled up at home with her dog Bean.