When Mason Stull's mother asked what type of birthday party he would like for his ninth birthday he responded, "dogs!"
Inspired by his love for his dog, Buddy, a chocolate lab, Mason's birthday party was dog-themed.
To complete the dog theme, Mason, who lives on Foxville Road in the Smithsburg area, asked that all the party guests bring items for dogs instead of gifts for him.
All of the items were presented to Humane Society of Washington County's Executive Director Paul Miller.
Mason's mother, Misty, wasn't surprised.
"Mason loves Buddy and calls him his brother," she said. "This almost seemed like Buddy's party because he was having as much fun as the kids."
More than 40 youngsters attended the party.
"I love Buddy," said Mason. "I love all animals. One of my favorite shows is Animal Cops."
"What a great way to celebrate your own birthday by honoring your beloved pet," Miller said. "This is a great illustration of the human canine bond. It is really nice to see how Mason and Buddy have become such great pals."