Not everyone celebrates their dog’s birthday, but it can be a fun, sweet way to celebrate your beloved pet.
It can be especially meaningful as our cats and dogs get older in age — once they hit their teens, birthdays become milestones worth celebrating, as those are the “twilight years” for pets.
For well over a decade, this sweet Chihuahua named Daisy has been bringing smiles to her owners’ faces every single day. So, when it came time to celebrate the pup’s 15th birthday, Daisy’s family thought long and hard about how to bring an extra-large smile to hers.
One sweet viral photo showed the heartwarming lengths one dog owner went to celebrate her pet’s 15th birthday — and how much her little dog appreciated the gesture.
The occasion was notable for several reasons: at 15, Daisy has reached the average life expectancy for her breed. For senior dogs, every birthday is worth celebrating — you never know when it might be the last, and every moment is precious.
Daisy’s family and friends all gathered to surprise the beloved pup, decorating the house just for the occasion. It was their chance to let Daisy know how much she means to them.
“We could all tell that she could feel the love,” Nguyen said.
But no birthday party would be complete without a cake, of course. And for that, the family had something truly special in store.
But also, a 15th birthday is a big milestone in Mexican culture: a quinceañera is a special coming-of-age rite-of-passage for Mexican girls. And as a Chihuahua — a breed originating in Mexico — Daisy was entitled to her own big day.
“We knew that we wanted to throw her a big quinceañera,” Tracy said, “To celebrate her amazing life and as a nod to her roots!”
Daisy may be getting on in years, being now very much a senior dog. Though that didn’t stop her from enjoying every minute of the festivities planned for her.
“She definitely had a blast!” Nyguen said.