St. Patrick’s Day ‘Pawty’ Held for Some Four-Legged Friends
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Humans aren’t the only ones getting ready to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Friday in Chicopee, dozens of dogs got the ‘pawty’ started too and ABC40 was lucky enough to be invited.
It was a celebration fit for a group of children with arts and crafts and play time, but instead of human kids, they were kids of the four-legged variety.
“From paw print art projects, where we make shamrocks, we also feed them corned beef with their snack time, so they get some corned beef. We also have some non-alcoholic beer for dogs. We figure they should have a chance to celebrate too,” says Elizabeth Staples, managing director of The Good Dog Spot.
Whether it’s more for the dogs or their humans is up for debate.
Staples adds, “The dogs do seem to enjoy it. They do like their snack, but it tends to appeal more to the pet parent.”
Not only is the ‘pawty’ fun for everyone involved, but it’s also really great for a dogs socialization.
It’s also a great opportunity to increase a dogs listening skills and obedience.
“So it’s like taking…your dog may listen to you great one-on-one, but now we’ve taken and added a whole lot more commotion, a whole lot more background noise, a whole lot more everything. So it does increase the amount of listening skills,” Staples explains.
Overall, the party was a huge success with 73 dogs taking part, snacking on corned beef, carrots and potatoes and lapping up, non-alcoholic beer…and of course, making new friends.
The Good Dog Spot tries to hold a ‘pawty’ every month. The parties are only offered though to their existing doggie day care clients.
Next weekend, Holyoke will hold it’s annual road race on Saturday, and then will be home to the nation’s second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday.