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  • Flipps is an 8-year-old, male cattle dog mix, who weighs about 59 pounds.

      Flipps is an 8-year-old, male cattle dog mix, who weighs about 59 pounds.
    Courtesy of The Buddy Foundation

  • Jax, is a 13-pound, 6-year-old male Chihuahua mix.

      Jax, is a 13-pound, 6-year-old male Chihuahua mix.
    Courtesy of The Buddy Foundation

  • Reyna, is a 6-year-old, female shepherd, who weighs about 80 pounds. She is in foster care, so please call ahead to make arrangements to meet her.

      Reyna, is a 6-year-old, female shepherd, who weighs about 80 pounds. She is in foster care, so please call ahead to make arrangements to meet her.
    Courtesy of The Buddy Foundation

 
By Ellaine Kiriluk

Birthday is defined as the day of one's birth; the day to celebrate the anniversary of their birth.

Each birthday is special -- a child's first birthday; a 16th birthday; and a 21st birthday, which means legal adulthood.

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Part of that birthday celebration is with a party, presents, and a cake.

Many people celebrate their pet's birthday in the same way. In fact, I celebrated one of my dog's birthdays by taking dog treats to our obedience training class.

Wikipedia notes that cakes have been a part of birthday celebrations since ancient Roman times. "The birthday cake has been an integral part of birthday celebrations in Western European countries since the middle of the 19th century, with the Western tradition of adding lit candles to the top of the birthday cake originating in 18th century Germany."

Birthday cakes for dogs can be purchased at doggy bakeries, while cupcakes can be bought at regular bakeries or made at home.

I make my dog's birthday cake. A shaped mound of canned dog food topped with unlit candles is a celebration he enjoys.

All birthday celebrations are special. Whether it's a quiet family time at home; a dog's birthday party, complete with matching tablecloths and napkins; or a party at a restaurant marking a 60th birthday, each one is a celebration marking a milestone.

The Buddy Foundation is celebrating its 19th birthday with a Mardi Paws Birthday Party. Join us as we celebrate all of the dogs and cats who have touched our lives as we have helped them find their way home to a loving family.

The party will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Drink, 871 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg.

Your donation of $30 in advance or $35 at the door, includes a buffet and two drink tickets. Reserve your tickets today be sending a check to: The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60065; call (847) 290-5606; or visit us online and purchase your tickets through Pay Pal.

If you cannot join us, support the Buddy Foundation by sending a ticket donation or contributing a raffle/auction prize.

The party includes a raffle for a 42-inch flat screen TV, an auction and a Kissing Booth, which will be manned by a gorgeous woman, a handsome man, (he was LA man of the year) and Pebbles, a 7-month-old wire-haired terrier. Cost is $5 for the smooch of your choice; $6 for a picture to record your smooch.

There also will be masks and beads as party favors and, of course, birthday cake.

• The Buddy Foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the welfare of stray, abused, and abandoned cats and dogs. For more information, call The Buddy Foundation at (847) 290-5806 or visit www.thebuddyfoundation.org.

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