Birthdays are special events celebrated by friends and family in honor of someone they love. Each birthday is special, whether it is the first or 81st.

Usually celebrations include presents, a cake and sometimes even a party. Some people even celebrate their pet's big day. I celebrated my dog's second birthday by inviting my family and friends over for a party and then taking dog treats to our obedience training class.

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

Dogs' birthday cakes can be purchased at doggy bakeries, while doggy cupcakes can be bought at regular bakeries. Or you can make your own.

I make my dog's birthday cake -- a shaped mound of canned dog food topped with unlit candles.

The Buddy Foundation is turning 23 and celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a party. Our host is award-winning Chicago radio personality and animal lover Eddie Volkman, morning show host from 103.9, The Fox.

Join us from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Chandlers Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg.

If you cannot attend this event, show your support for Buddy by sending in a ticket donation or by contributing. The Buddy Foundation is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of stray and abandoned animals. Your donation of $30; $35 at the door includes a buffet and two drink tickets.

Reserve your tickets today by sending a check to: The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights IL 60065; call (847) 290-5606; or visit and purchase your tickets through Pay Pal.

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

• The Buddy Foundation, 65 W. Seegers Road, Arlington Heights, is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 shelter. Call (847) 290-5806 or visit