Design*Sponge Fourth of July Puppy Parade

by Grace Bonney

When it comes to pets, I’ll take any excuse to celebrate. Pets aren’t just the friends that keep us company on walks and during naps, they’re members of the family. So today we decided to share what is easily the most fun event we’ve ever thrown at Design*Sponge: a Puppy Parade!

Along with our friends, their children and dogs, we decided to celebrate July 4th a little differently- by letting the dogs be front and center. We used leftover cardboard boxes (from craft supplies and our office air conditioner) to create a festive fourth of July “float” we could use to parade the dogs around Transmitter Park. The kids took turns walking Hope and Hauschka and after the mini parade, we treated the dogs to lots of love (and actual treats) in the grass. While a puppy parade isn’t the most traditional way to celebrate July 4th, we thought it was the perfect way to express our excitement for the holiday, while celebrating some special members of our family that sometimes get too scared of fireworks to join in the main event. So the next time you’re planning a neighborhood get together, I hope you’ll consider bringing both the kids and pets into play so they can enjoy the outdoors together.

*Thank you to everyone who joined us for the parade! A special thanks to Chrissy Beckles at for bringing and her other Satos who are available for adoption! Also, we used , and from Target for the video if you want to recreate the look at home.

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