Hey party peeps, it’s Ella here. And if you think I look much wiser than I did last time I checked in, you’d be right—I turned seven last weekend!
And to celebrate, the fine folks at Mars Petcare threw me a city-wide birthday party in downtown Franklin!
More than 1,000 dogs and 4,000 of their humans came out for the occasion, too, donning their Sunday best in my honor!
OK, OK, perhaps it wasn’t all for me, but the president of the company was there to wish me well talk about why you humans should be embracing more of my kind (ahem, something I’ve been telling you for ages), and how the folks at Mars Petcare are making it their mission to spread the love across the United States.
I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mark.
In fact, did you know that more than 84 million homes have pets in them? And that my kind is proven to relieve stress, encourage activity, help you develop empathy, boost your mood and increase social media activity?
I mean, I thought this was all common knowledge, but you humans are slower to pick up on scientific cues than us of the superior, lupus breed, so I won’t fault you if this is new information to you.
Mars Petcare’s headquarters in Williamson County is a pet-friendly work environment, and in addition to teaching businesses like shops and restaurants with patios how to be more accommodating to animals like me, the company also is trying to encourage more offices across the country to implement a pet-friendly workplace policy.
Seeing as they work out of my house, I go to work with Mom and Dad every day and fully endorse this idea. (I’m an excellent office manager, no big surprise.) Hope your own fur friend gets to tag along with you to your job on occasion, too!
The kick-off for BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™, which was hosted by everyone that matters in the state, took over all of downtown Franklin last Friday afternoon and part of Saturday, as well.
As I’m a proud born-and-bred Tennessean (other than that quick blip of a year living in San Francisco), I can’t believe that my parents kept me from Franklin for so long—they absolutely love my kind there.
Ninety-one local businesses participated in this pilot program—that saying “it takes a village” proves itself accurate once more—and if you’re following in my pawprints down through Franklin, you can figure out which ones will allow your own fur friend inside as they wear their “Pets Welcome” designation proudly (as well they should).
Mom and I shopped for pillows in Anthropologie. Dad and I picked up some things for the house in White’s Mercantile. We all poked around the historical strip of cute shops and local businesses and had a grand old time!
Mars had a sweet set-up right at the silly circle at the end of Main Street, and a number of the pup nation within were milling about, sniffing butts, finding remnants of treats on the ground and rabble rousing as we’re known to do.
There were pet behaviorists on site, adoptable dogs, a photo booth, a pop-up mini-dog park designed by the Nashville Civic Design Center and so many animal lovers that I couldn’t stop smiling. I made new friends, big and small, and even humored a puppy or two by not eating them like a microwaved bean burrito.
Once I was all tuckered out, I took Mom and Dad down to Frothy Monkey for yappy hour. We sat outside the coffee shop and shared a few beers before heading home for the night.
It was basically the best birthday a girl could ask for.
I should have gone!!!
That bulldog puppy 😍😍
Ella says you are forgiven, so long as you join her next time.
OMG this is CUTE overload! Have years with Jessica the cat, Mr. Misadventures and I are finally going to be getting a pup and I can’t wait. Maybe one day they can meet you Ella!
Whaaaaat! This is HUGE news! Ella did tell me that Oregon is one of her favorite states of the 25+ she’s visited, so perhaps we’ll have to pay you and that new puppy a visit =)
Oh. My. Gersh. Best post EVER. Woof!
This post made me smile and giggle so much! Happy birthday Ella! Glad you had lots of like-minded friends to celebrate it with 😝
Can I say I came here just for the pictures? Haha just kidding! Kinda. Couldn’t love this post more and my cousin who lives in Nashville just got a pup so I’ll be sure to pass this along 🙂
Nashville is surprisingly not accommodating of pups, so you’ll have to be sure and tell her to take her new fur friend to Franklin—it’s just 20 minutes down the road!
well this post right here just made my morning! so many adorable doggies!!! we’re dying to get a dog but have to wait until we buy our own place. Looks like you had a wonderful day here!
There are not sufficient words to express how much I love this post!
Such adorable pictures and a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing!
Cuteness overloaded. Lovely initiative. Wish that we also will have such even in India.
I love your post. The event sounds awesome and it has such a great message. Thanks for sharing.
XOXO//SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger
The problem with this is, Mars is one of the largest animal cruelty businesses out there. Please don’t support them.
Such a fun post!! I totally agree about dogs being able to go to work. Alexandria, VA, where I live is SUPER dog friendly, but there’s still a lot of progress to be made.
Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com
What a bunch of cute pups! They all deserve great homes!
This is very interesting and useful article.Thanks for sharing deep information here.
Really loved this…Thanks
User generated content is really so helpful to bring more value to your content which is helpful to your readers.
I can’t deal with this post, there are too many cute dogs. It’s mean that you throw in a pup in the mix every now and then too 😉 I would’ve loved to be present at an event like this only my parent’s dog would hate it – for her there is a thing like too many dogs 🙂
Great post and the photos are fantastic! Pet’s are great companions who quickly become part of the family 🙂