These doggie theme parties are a hot trend in children's event planning -- but hosting one may put your guests at risk.
More companies are starting to offer puppy parties. They bring around ten small breed dogs to your event and set up a petting zoo for guests. Sometimes dog treats, costumes and toys are included. It sounds like harmless fun, but are there risks?
The Humane Society of the United States Director of Outreach Stephanie Shain says these parties could be unsafe. Stephanie tells us, "We have real concerns about using animals as props for children's parties not only for the welfare of the dogs and puppies, but also for the safety of the children. It seems particularly dangerous to be pairing young children with puppies of small, more delicate breeds. What a horrible message to send to a child, that dogs are items to be rolled in and out of parties. Pets are part of the family, not part of a party display."
Would you host a puppy party or let your child attend one of these events?