Labor Day is the symbolic end to summer, the kick-off to football season, and the start of a new school year. But why do we celebrate Labor Day?
Labor Day is celebrated in honor of the economic and social contribution of workers. It’s a national holiday that recognizes all the work you do and the contributions you make to society. In other words, it’s your day to relax and enjoy life.
Most holiday weekends, one might try to get away, but sometime you just can’t. If you can’t get away this Labor Day, why not throw a dog-friendly get-together?
You are cordially invited….
You can invite any one you like, whether they have a dog or not. For those without a dog, make sure they are comfortable around dogs. For those with a dog, make sure their pup is dog and people friendly before inviting them.
This party doesn’t have to be a big production. In fact, most the attention will be on the dogs so you don’t need any decorations, fancy outfits, or party favors. Keep the food simple (and dog themed if you like) with hotdogs and chips. Or do a pot luck and ask everyone to bring an item to feed 10 people (or less, if your group is smaller). Don’t forget plates, plastic ware, napkins, cups, and a couple of trash bags.
While you could throw a Labor Day party whenever you like, it would make the most sense to throw one sometime during the Labor Day weekend.
Of course, your home would be the first place that comes to mind, but if your place is too small or you don’t think having a bunch of dogs there is a good idea, you can always host your friends and family at a local park or even at the dog beach. Just keep in mind that it’s a holiday weekend, so you’ll want to get there early to reserve a spot.
In addition, you can make a special treat for the pups to enjoy. You could make a pup-tini, baked biscuits, or frozen pup pop for them. There are countless easy-to-make dog treat recipes available online, that you could whip up the day before. (For frozen treat ideas, check out last week’s article listed below). Just be sure you let the other pet parents know the ingredients before you serve them. Some dogs may have a food allergy or sensitive stomach and will not be able to partake.
And lastly, if you do plan on being outside that day, be sure to bring sunblock for everyone (dogs too if needed), plenty of water for the pups, and a blanket and chair to sit on. Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend; you deserve it!