May means fun with moms, pets, and festivals! The residents of the Retreat at Mountain Brook in Birmingham, Alabama, will be doing a little upscale online shopping, marking National Pet Month, and making the local scene.
The most important feminine presence in your life deserves an equally important present this year, and Fieldshop by Garden & Gun has curated some classics for you to peruse. From the 1,000-piece Early Bird Puzzle by Piecework Puzzles to the Deich Crescent Earring by Charleston’s Brackish, there’s something for everyone! While Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, Fieldshop is an Idea Specialists™ at The Retreat at Mountain Brook favorite even when it’s not a special occasion—they particularly recommend checking out the Mixers section for fun cocktail ideas.
National Pet Month
According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 70% of U.S. households own a pet, up from 56% in 1988, the first year the APPA conducted its National Pet Owners survey. And, says the organization, people in the United States spent $123.6 billion on their animal companions in 2021. That’s right – billion with a B!
Our love for fuzzy critters means we celebrate our pets every day of the week, especially during National Pet Month, because The Retreat at Mountain Brook is such a pet-friendly community. Maybe you’ll want to mark the occasion by getting together with friends at the clubhouse for a “yappy hour,” or by donating to one of the area’s animal shelters like the Greater Birmingham Humane Society off I-65 South on Snow Drive. They’re always in need of towels and toys, chlorine bleach, wire crates and carriers, and leashes and collars in all sizes. Every little bit helps!
One of the Magic City’s most iconic—and most-definitely pet-friendly—festivals is on tap for this month: Do Dah Day!
Join your friends, four-legged and otherwise, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Cahaba Brewing Company on Fifth Avenue South for a great day of fun with live music, dance performances, adorable animals, and more! Proceeds from the event support local animal charities. After the quirky 11:01 a.m. Do Dah Day pet parade concludes the tunes will commence, starting with the Rescue Dog Band at noon, DJRJ at 2 p.m., and the Murph Band at 4 p.m.
Then, get ready for more fuzzy-friendly festivities at Puppy Palooza Saturday, May 21, 2022, from noon to 3 p.m. at Cat-n-Bird Winery off Old Highway 280 in Chelsea.
The winery folks consider their four-legged friends part of the family, and say they’re excited to partner with Shelby Humane to showcase dogs available for adoption. Plus, they’ll have dog treat vendors Giggle Paws Boutique and Blind Dog Biscuit Co. onsite, a food truck for the humans—Blacktop Bistro, and live music.
Enjoy—and be safe!