There are only a few birthdays deserving celebration. For example in the US, it is 16th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, etc. At 16, you start driving; at 21, you can drink legally.
Last Sunday was my husband’s 40th birthday. Trying to make it memorable, I granted one of the most unthinkable gifts to him - agreement to get a dog.
I am one of those rare people who don’t enjoy pet’s companion. When I see a dog, I rarely pet him or cuddle her. I would never want to live with a dog in the same house, esp in the same bed. The thought of getting a dog makes me want to stop everything. However, he (, and the kids) has been asking for it for the last 10 years. He will have one and only 40th birthday in his life. ;-) Oh well. Now I am waiting for my birthday.