Hi there, its Ashley!
Are you a pet mom like me?
If you ask me, most days being a pet mom is hard work…
Any pet owner who has gone out for walks in the rain and snow, who has sat up all night with a sick animal, or who has had their patience tested when they destroy our home after a scary night of storms or being left home alone all day can understand.
With Mother’s Day coming up, I believe that pet moms like us deserve recognition on Mother’s Day too!
Our “children” may walk on all fours, but they too have a special place in our hearts and our homes.
Here are some of the ways I will be celebrating with my cat Rajah as well as some additional ways to celebrate Mother’s Day with your pet:
Mother’s Day Brunch
Now that the weather is warmer, many restaurants have already setup outdoor patios or sidewalk seating that’s perfect. Pet-friendly restaurants are cropping up all over the place. A quick Google search will identify local restaurants that allow you to dine al fresco with your pup. Not in the mood for a big brunch? Try finding a local Starbucks that sells a Puppuccino that your pup can enjoy too!
Update Your Family Portrait
Just like the mothers of human babies, make it a tradition to take an annual photo with your fur-baby. Selfies are always great, but you could also find a professional photographer who is experienced working with pets, choose a few matching or coordinated outfits, and go all out! Unfortunately I can’t take my cat Rajah outside for a shoot so a tripod at home will have to do!
Help Another Pet in Need
Celebrating Mother’s Day with your dog or cat might be as simple as making a donation to a pet charity or a trip to the local pet shelter. What a great way to celebrate your pet while supporting and advocating for pets who aren’t as fortunate as yours. We will be donating to Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue where I adopted my kitty, Rajah!
What’s better than snuggling up on the couch and cuddling with your pet? Pop some popcorn, get a warm blanket, and snuggle up with your furry friend! Below are some great pet movies both of you can enjoy:
Milo and Otis.
Lady and the Tramp.
Marley & Me.
Life of Pets.
The Fox and the Hound.
Make Extra Time
Set aside at least an extra half hour to play with their favorite toy or game. Quality time with your loved ones (and pets), that’s what Mother’s Day is really all about. Alternatively, there are so many delicious things to bake in the world, and many DIY treats are specially designed for cats and dogs. To save money on treats, look for recipes made up of ingredients you’ve already got in your cupboard. Peanut butter and oats can go a long way to making your pup feel like he’s getting a special “human food” treat.
Mom and Pet Crafts
Search online for some ideas and start a memorable project you’ll both enjoy. Another option would be to take a trip to the craft store and grab one of those baby hand-print kits. It will be a unique keepsake of your dog or cat’s paw, and so adorable, you might want to make it annual tradition!
**A word of caution: While these molds are known to be safe for babies, brands and ingredients vary, so, check the ingredients of the mold material to be sure they’re pet-safe as well.