How To Be A Canine Party Hostess

by Bunny Hound on
Bunny here at the keyboard to share a few tips about being a canine party hostess with you.

As you might know, every year my family has an Independence Day party on July 3.  That’s because our little village always has fireworks that night, along with a Cruise In and musical entertainment.  Since there’s so much going on, our humans have a party every year and a lot of friends and family come over to visit.  Through the years, I’ve learned a bit about being a good canine hostess.  So, I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learned here with you.

The Party Planner -- Tales and Tails

The Party Planner

Remember your manners.

Nothing will get you banished from a party faster than bad manners.  Avoid jumping on guests, especially the (shudder) people who aren’t dog lovers.  You’ll get a lot more attention if you sit and look cute.  Trust me on this.

While we’re at it, I know this one is difficult, but resist stealing food.  First, you never know which stuff is going to be bad for your fragile constitution and second, if you get caught in the act, there’s no way you will get any more food.  It’s better to put your puppy eyes to good use and take your chances than to lose them all.  You’ll definitely score a lot more that way, especially if you use it on the human puppies and senior humans.

Get Ready For The Red, White And Boom -- Tales and Tails

Get Ready For The Red, White And Boom

Wear something special and appropriate for the occasion.

Dressing up for the party isn’t just for humans.  I think a nice collar is usually enough for most occasions.  Even if you have a plain red collar, you can jazz it up with a collar glam, bow tie, felt flower, collar charm or some other simple embellishment.  There are ideas everywhere, but you can get a lot of things that are inexpensive if you have your human look around a little.

I know some dogs go to extremes, dying their fur or getting special hairdos.  Personally, that’s not my style, but if it makes you feel festive, I say go for it.  I’ve been known to wear a little nail Pawlish before, but that’s a matter of personal taste.  If it’s not something that you really like or enjoy, I say skip it and just focus on enjoying yourself.

The Sweet Smell of Freedom -- Tales And Tails

The Sweet Smell of Freedom

Don’t overestimate the importance of alone time.

We definitely enjoy entertaining the humans when they come to our house, but it can be exhausting.  Don’t hang out with all the humans until you’re cranky and irritable.  That’s not good for anybody.  If you can go to a quiet, relaxing place like a bedroom for some rest and relaxation, go for it.  At our house, we like to hang out in the basement where it’s quiet and cool.  It also keeps the humans from bugging us when they go in and out for the bathroom.  That way, if someone forgets to shut the door, my humans don’t have a heart attack, either.  I think a good rule of dewclaw is that if you can’t be with your human, you should find a comfortable place to chill out.

Anyroo, those are the things that have helped me to be a successful canine hostess.  While I very much enjoy greeting our guests when they come to visit for the Independence Day party, I stay away from the fireworks.  That stuff is for humans and we dogs are much happier at home while they’re out watching that.  I slip into something more comfortable (which would be my Thundershirt) when they leave and stretch out to watch a movie on the TV while the fireworks are being set off.  From down there, we can barely hear them, so it’s no big deal.

Are any of you helping to host parties next weekend?  Do you have any tips of your own?

Patriotic Miss -- Tales and Tails

Patriotic Miss

 

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  • Sue Dyer

    I hope you have a lovely time.

    Our fireworks night is in November and it will be Honey’s first. She is anxious in thunderstorms, so think she will be over fireworks as well. I’ll spray DAP and let her go where she wants in the flat to settle down.

    Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue, Polly & Honey

  • Thank you for the tips Bunny. Good to remember for all types of get togethers.

  • Two French Bulldogs

    You sure sound like a perfect canine hostess. That bathroom door gets mom every time
    Lily & Edward

  • We spend the Fourth of July hoping the fireworks are not too bad. Bentley HATES fireworks and there are two Firework stands close to us. They shoot off their works each night. He is not a fan of this holiday.

  • jan

    You are right about the puppy dog eyes. They can get just about anything

  • Dory and the Mama

    Such wonderful advice Bunny, I will make sure Mama prints this out so I can refer to it for future parties!
    Smileys!
    Dory

  • Bunny, I read your advice out loud to my girls, Lil’ Bit & Jenny. They took copious notes and are intent on studying for our next gathering. We used to have a July 4th party, but Lil’ Bit was so shy and so easily frightened that we’ve discontinued the parties. Now that Lil’ Bit has become more confident, maybe we can follow your advice!
    Fizz

  • I’ve arranged a free run for the Brambleberry dogs in a paddock near here, so Sid will be having a nice amble outside in the fresh air. I only hope it cools down a bit by then – we’re having temperatures up in the 30s C at the moment!

    Not that we Brits celebrate Independence Day.