Ways for Pet Moms to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Being a pet mom is hard work, ask 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 a beloved piece of clothing, shoe, cell phone or anything of value destroyed by an overzealous furry family member. Pet moms deserve recognition on Mother’s Day too. Your “children” may walk on all fours, but they too have a special place in your heart. Here are some of the top 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. Mother’s Day brunch takes on a whole new meaning when you enjoy special dishes and treats with your fur-kid. Not in the mood for a big brunch? Try finding a local Starbucks that sells a Puppuccino. You’ll both love the treats and might even expand your palates. Bon appetite!

Update Your Family Portrait

Just like the mothers of human babies, make it a tradition to take an annual photo with your fur-baby. Spring for something more than a selfie and find a professional photographer who is experienced working with pets, choose a few matching or coordinated outfits, and go all out. Or setup a tripod at home and do-it-yourself. Remember candid photos are as much, or more, fun than posed shots. Hint: a photo shoot is a fabulous excuse to go shopping for you and your pet.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

As much as you’d like to spend all your time lavishing attention on your baby, pet parents still have to work in order to provide for their furry family members. Celebrating Mother’s Day with your dog gives you the opportunity to share a lazy Sunday, leisurely stroll, and quality time with your pet. Enjoy the sunshine on a trip to the beach. Take your dog for a hike or nature walk. Visit a leash-free dog park to romp and play with your pup with other fur-loving families. Any of these simple, fun ideas will get you out into the world so you can both enjoy the freedom and exercise. Mix it up! Have an adventure, not just another routine walk around the block.

Help Another Pet In Need

Celebrating Mother’s Day with your dog 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 dog while supporting and advocating for dogs who aren’t as fortunate as yours. If you look for a pet charity who offers a gift with donation, you’ll have something tangible to give your own pet. Honestly, though, the feeling of helping another pet feel loved and cared for while awaiting his forever home is gift enough.

Dress up for the Occasion

These items may be tools you use every day to keep your pet safe, but a replacement doesn’t have to break the bank. Treat them to a new leash or collar or try out some special pet clothes. They can’t physically say “Happy Mother’s Day,” then maybe at least their shirt can.

Movie Night

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 pooch. To make sure you’re watching something you both can enjoy, here are 10 dog movies that has something for every taste, whether you prefer silly or sentimental or both.

  • Lady and the Tramp.
  • Best in Show.
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.
  • Marley & Me.
  • 101 Dalmatians.
  • Old Yeller.
  • Beethoven.
  • Frankenweenie.
  • Turner & Hooch.
  • The Fox and the Hound.

Pet Picnic

Many dogs are at their highest energy level and most rambunctious when they first leave the house or exit the car. If you immediately ask your dog to sit quietly at the picnic spot, he may fidget or seem distracted. You'll both enjoy the picnic more if he's relaxed, so take him for a walk or run prior to settling down for the afternoon. A little bit of playtime can make the picnic more fun for you and your dog. But after all that exercise, you'll also need to bring plenty of water, stay comfortable, keep your menus dog safe and most of all have fun! Bring your pet's favorite toys, take in some fresh air and relax!

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.

Get Pampered

Treat yourself. Then get your pet lathered up for a bath and get them a manicure so you’re both looking your best! Just like humans, dogs hold stress in their muscles. Of course, they love to be pet, so why not take it one step further with a dog massage? It can increase circulation, promote flexibility and make stress disappear. While there are massage therapists that will work on dogs, try simply rubbing the muscles at home to see how your pooch likes it. If they groan, that’s a good sign.

Mom and Pup Crafts

Search online for some ideas and start a memorable project you’ll both enjoy. Another option would be to take a trip to your local big box retailer or craft store and grab one of those baby hand-print kits. Follow the directions to quickly and easily create a lifelong memento. It will be a unique keepsake of your dog’s paw, and so adorable, you might want to make it annual tradition. Can you think of a more fun way to mark your puppy’s growth and development? We can’t, either. 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.

Walk Down Memory Lane

Celebrate you favorite memories with your pet. Look back at your best pictures together, rewatch your favorite home videos and get out any photo albums you have on your shelf.

To all the pet moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day. No matter how you celebrate, we hope you enjoy it!

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