Doggie Birthday Party
Doggie Birthday Party - A Lesson Learned
The internet has lots and lots of articles on just about any subject you can think of. Some are meant to educate, some are meant to entertain and some are just beautiful to look at. There are even sites about interesting personal happenings. This is such a page. Unfortunately, every word of this story is true.
In September of 1993 I got the bright idea to have a Birthday Party for our dogs, Bill Murray, the Boston Terrier and Kandi, the standard dachshund, that belonged to our grown children. We were all old enough to know better but we got wrapped up in the excitement of the moment and before long we had it all planned.
We sent out invitations to 4 dogs who were pets of friends of ours:
Jackson, the Jack Russell; Brandy, the Shih-Tzu; ChiChi, the Peek-a-Pooh and Jamie, the Pomeranian
Note: This dog birthday party story is told with permission from my good friend, Sue.
Photo Credit: Photo of Bill Murray by OhMe
The Actual Invitation to the Doggie Birthday Party - No computer at the time of the party - Amazing that I save this, isn't it? Well, not really.
Never A Dull Moment In This House
Get Ready To Party
Lots to do to get ready for our birthday dog party!
I molded a cake (well, sort of) out of dog food and we had goody bags for each guest filled with doggie bones. Of course, we had party hats and balloons. We fixed everything up on the picnic table outside and waited for our guests to arrive. Since Bill and Kandi were oblivious as to what was about to happen in their honor, I guess you could say that it was a surprise party. About the time our guests started arriving, so did the rain. We grabbed everything up and just moved to the porch. No problem at all. We were flexible. Nothing was going to spoil this day (or so we thought)!
Bill and Kandi's Birthday Cake
Happy Birthday, Bill Murray
Happy Birthday, Kandi
Notice That There Are No Pictures Of Our Son and Daughter
They would be totally embarrassed that I had the nerve to tell this story!
Guests: Jamie and Brandy and their owner Sue
Chi Chi and owner Jo Dot
Don't Try This At Home!
It's Birthday Dog Party Time!
Are we having fun yet?
Ok. Picture it: 6 dogs on a screened in porch with their owners and friends of their owners with everyone talking 50 miles an hour. It was then that it happened: Before we knew it, Kandi (standard Dachshund) had little Jamie (Pomeranian) by the leg. Jamie was barking like crazy. Kandi was growling like crazy. Jackson, Chi Chi, and Brandy began to bark. Dogs were everywhere. People were everywhere and poor Jamie was hurt very badly. Sue grabbed him and I ran after them.She got him to the vet who referred him to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine Hospital for surgery. We felt awful. We were all so worried about poor little Jamie who was 5 years old at the time. It was major surgery to repair his leg that was broken in two places.What can we do?
"Birthday Party for the dogs? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard"— Dr. Joe
I had to do something!
Jamie recovered from surgery just fine but was going to have a long recovery and would have to come back to the hospital in Athens for follow up treatment. I offered to go with Sue on one of these trips but that wasn't enough. I knew we should offer to pay the hospital bill. My husband felt that it might be covered under our Homeowners Policy which it was.This is the rest of the story:
Our Homeowners Paid For Jamie's Medical Treatment - One of the checks
Our Insurance Company
One day I got a call from our insurance company and the gal asked me if I had pictures from the party where Jamie was attacked. I told her I did. She then asked me to write down everything I could remember about the incident and send to her along with the pictures. I did that, too. It seems that this company was having a contest over the most unusual claim and our adjuster was bound and determined to win. I never did hear if she did or not.
Several months after the incident and after all bills had been paid, we received a letter from our insurance company stating that due to the hurricanes being so costly to their business, they would no longer offer this program.
My Sense of Humor
I took the Insurance Company letter and re-worded it to read:
"As we all know from either personal experience, or television and newspaper reports, Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew were major natural catastrophes and very costly to the insurance industry. The Jamie Medlock incident was an additional burden on our industry."
I mailed it to my friend, Sue, and we continue to laugh about it to this day.
The letter from our Insurance Company
This page is dedicated to 6 wonderful pets.
We hated what happened to Jamie but he did live a long and healthy life. He passed away 7 years after the incident. All the dogs that were either honored or guests at the famous Doggie Birthday Party are now gone and I would like to dedicate this page to:
Bill Murray, Kandi, Jamie, Brandy, Chi Chi, and Jackson
Do Dogs Go To Heaven?
Do you think animals go to heaven when they die?
You bet! We have not and will not EVER host another Doggie Birthday Party at this house!
Hi Nancy,I hope all of your readers enjoy the dog article as much as I have, and are not "put off " by the accident involving Jamie. The concept of a doggie birthday party was brilliant, and the fun regarding the insurance remains memorable. It was great seeing the pictures of all the dogs in their party hats. Weren't they cute?
All's well that ends well!— Sue