by Terri Ogan
For most dog owners, your beloved pets are considered family. You tote them along while running errands to the nearest pharmacy, grocery store, or maybe to a friend’s house for a casual visit. They’re your companion, your best friend, and yes, you’re probably guilty of engaging in some sort of conversation with them (limited conversation of course). They may be lucky enough to accompany you on extended vacations because the thought of having them stay at an overnight kennel makes you queezy. So what’s another way to pamper your ‘best friend’, and celebrate the day they came into this world? With a birthday party of course. One of the newest Southie trends for dog lovers and owners alike, is oddly enough, birthday parties for a ‘man’s best friend.’
“Our guests consider their dogs part of the family,” said Fenway Bark employee Jane Fulton. “They try to make them as comfortable as possible.”
Fenway Bark, located on Black Falcon Ave. in South Boston, offers a number of pet-friendly services and events, including ‘bark-mitzvahs’, and of course, birthday ‘pawties’ for your beloved furry friends. For you pooch’s two hour party, Fenway Bark can create a personalized invitation to send out to all of you and your dog’s best friends. The party guests won’t go home empty handed, as ‘sWAG’ bags are given to all those who attend. Two trained staff members will be on-hand as well to make sure that every golden Retriever, Yorkshire terrier and English bulldog stays in line and doesn’t party too hardy.
The birthday boy or girl can enjoy party games coordinated by trained pack leaders, with a playlist created by you or Fenway Bark, with all of the latest hits included, playing in the background. Fenway Bark can also include your pooch’s favorite cake, and if your dog and his or her guests aren’t big cake fans, a couple indulgent alternatives are doggy ice cream cups and treat tastings.
With the tough economy, Fenway Bark mostly has parties for fundraisers and donates their party room for charity events. Some owners also opt for at-home parties with family and friends, a doggy cake, and a special toy to keep costs at a minimum. How will you celebrate your dog’s next birthday? Maybe you’ll go birthday-dog glam or a more intimate party a cake, toy, family and friends!
For more information on Fenway Bark visit www.fenwaybarkonline.com