Winston’s 2nd Barkday


We celebrated Winston’s 2nd barkday (birthday) last Saturday by inviting his friends over to finally play in our new big backyard that we basically purchased because of Winston, haha

All day we kept telling him about how all his friends were going to come over and play and obviously we knew he couldn’t understand us but I think he could “feel” our excitement because 10 minutes before everyone showed up…he was super restless and wondering why we were setting up food on our deck and everything. Oh my goodness, we had A BLAST! Thoroughly tired him and all his friends out. He got so many treats and toys from his friends. I hope he doesn’t think this is every weekend, haha!

I also realize how some people might think Jason and I are super weird for being so “in love” with our dog and how ridiculous this all may seem. To us, he’s not “just a dog.” We truly believe that he’s part of our little family and we treat him as such. No, we don’t have kids but we are perfectly happy with our dog. Our neighbors probably think we’re crazy (as they were having a birthday party for their human daughter the same time we were having a doggy barkday for our furry child and she has also told me that she’s “just not into pets”) but honestly? I would not have it any other way. Does it get to me sometimes when I feel like people judge Jason and I for our decisions to love on Winston so much? Yes, it does. I think about it all the time and I always feel like I have to justify reasons for loving on our furry child so much, but I’ve also come to the conclusion that you’ll always be judged one way or another and you just have to be happy with your decision. And honestly, if we are happy then that should be all that matters. We are beyond happy so that’s that.

I hope you enjoy these photos! And no, we did not hire a professional photographer for this, lol – it was just with my camera!

Haha, he hated us. Don’t worry, we didn’t keep it on him.




Our corgi friends!

Winston has known Mabel since she was a tiny puppy. She has grown to be taller than Winston and Winston still thinks he’s the big ole dog! Lol

The top and bottom photo are his friends from daycare!! McKenzie and Derek! They’re called the ‘three musketeers’ at daycare, haha :)

I can’t believe he’s already two. Time flies so fast!!


Posted on August 11, 2017

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  1. Sara @ Oats & Rows
    08/11/2017 at 6:29 am

    OH MY GOSH he is SO cute!! My dog’s name is Winston too, and he is a little nugget like yours :)

    • Julie
      08/11/2017 at 12:52 pm

      Aww thank you!! Winston is a great name for a dog ;)

  2. Cristy
    08/11/2017 at 6:56 am

    I’m of the theory that love is love. Those who try to define or rank it as far as quality are also those that tend to struggle with it. Winston is a part of your family. That is a beautiful thing. Plain and simple.

    Happy 2nd barkday Winston. Looks like it was a wonderful one

    • Julie
      08/11/2017 at 12:53 pm

      I love your theory. Thank you so much! xoxo

  3. Ines
    08/11/2017 at 7:21 am

    Love this!

  4. Cori R.
    08/11/2017 at 7:29 am

    I wish all animals were loved and spoiled like Winston. A lucky dog! His Barkday party is the perfect excuse for adult social time, which is awesome!

    • Julie
      08/11/2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you! I wish all animals were too!

  5. Julie
    08/11/2017 at 8:00 am

    Happy birthday Winston! And you’re not weird for feeling like he’s your child. My dog and 2 cats are absolutely my fur children and anyone who judges me for that is on my “bad people” list. :)

    • Julie
      08/11/2017 at 12:53 pm

      Haha, I agree. Thank you :)

  6. Jennifer
    08/11/2017 at 12:36 pm

    I LOVE that you threw this little party for Winston. My fiance and I don’t have kids either, but we get cards in the mail from some of our corgis ‘friends’ from social media and we got him a box of birthday cookies this year for his 2nd birthday (it was the end of March). Pets are just like family too – especially dogs. They’re so loyal and loving and while we do plan on having kids one day, Meelo is always going to be our first baby!

    • Julie
      08/11/2017 at 12:54 pm

      They really are so loyal and loving. And they’re always there for you. Thanks so much for writing!

  7. Christina
    08/11/2017 at 5:39 pm

    Awwwwwwwww. Your puppy is so freaking cute :)

    • Julie
      08/13/2017 at 9:03 am

      Thank you :)

  8. Kelly Ray
    08/14/2017 at 10:12 am

    We have a house full of furbabies! They don’t talk back, or ask for money, and they love you EVERY DAY. You are their world and that’s how it should be. I love this party!

    • Julie
      08/15/2017 at 8:41 am

      Hahaha so very true! Thank you!

  9. Cyndi
    08/14/2017 at 3:33 pm

    Don’t worry – no one thinks you’re crazy! Well, except of course maybe….Winston ;) Seriously, I love the love you have for Winston. I don’t see how anyone could criticize it – we need more love in this world, not less! Happy 2nd Barkday, Winston!!

    • Julie
      08/15/2017 at 8:38 am

      Aw thank you so so much, Cyndi!!

  10. Becky B
    10/09/2017 at 11:50 am

    The comments happen to the best of us! My husband and I don’t have human children, so we love up on our five cats instead and consider them our kids. Two of them are sisters, and I constantly get laughs and looks for calling them “the girls.” I feel like I have to constantly defend it!

    • Julie
      10/10/2017 at 4:41 pm

      I feel like we shouldn’t have to defend it!!! Unfortunately, I’m sure we always will. Love to you and your fur babies!

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