October 4th World Animal Day

October 4th World Animal Day

Today has been placed on the Feast of St. Francis Day because St. Francis was an animal lover. It became official in 1931, first celebrated in Italy. I truly do love animals. Animals of all kinds. Having grown up on a farm I had the opportunity to interact with numerous different types of animals and found none of them judgmental, pretentious or superior. And if you gave them even a little bit of love you could have a friend for life. After-all, technically we humans are animals as well.

How to celebrate – Adopt a pet. Give to an animal protection organization. If you see an animal in need, stop and help them.

October 2nd World Farm Animals Day

Today was created back in 1985 by the Farm Animal Rights Movement, a not-for-profit, to honor Mahatma Ghandi. I never put the two things together before today, Mahatma Ghandi and Farm Animals. All animals should have rights though, maybe farm animals before the wild animals because they do serve us. Having grown up on a farm we always tried to treat our animals fairly and yes it was tough to eat one that had earlier been a friend. They do make you think about being a vegetarian. Animals do have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness though I am not sure we need to grant them the vote.

How to celebrate – See how many farm animals you can name. Take a farm animal to lunch. Study the life of Mahatma Ghandi.

July 29th International Tiger Day

Animals need our help, or rather, they just need us to let them live in their natural environment without interference. In the case of tigers, there are probably only 3,000 left in the wild and maybe even less by now. The day was created by the International Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010. As we destroy their natural habitat to build a new mall or cut down trees so someone can sit on a new chair, we destroy a home for some other animal. It’s not that we can’t have those things we want either, just do it responsibly.

How to celebrate – Go on a safari before they are no longer available. Contribute to the International Tiger Fund. Learn where the products you use come from.

July 10th National Kitten Day

July 10th National Kitten Day

Today was created by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert, author and animal advocate. We celebrate kittens today, those cute, cuddly little cats that often can fit into the palm of your hand. The general idea is to try and keep kittens out of shelters and put them into the homes of cat lovers. Kittens are normally rescued pretty quickly, although thousands are born every year with no place to call home. Gestation for cats is anywhere from 64-67 days with anywhere from 1 to 10 being born in a litter. That means a cat can have kittens 3 to 4 times a year producing anywhere from 4 to 40 kittens during that same time.

How to celebrate – Adopt a kitten. Get you cats spayed or neutered to cut down the population. Give a cat a home.

May 16th Horse Rescue Day

May 16th Horse Rescue Day

Believe it or not, back in the 17th century, and before, people believed that an animal, any animal, could not feel pain. So when the dog was whining or the horse neighed what did they thin was going on!?! Well over the years we have learned different and any and all animals feel pain. They feel hunger and sorrow, happiness and muscle aches. They feel everything we humans can imagine. Horses seemingly are abused more than a lot of other animals. Because they are larger, people often think they do not feel. It just isn’t true. A horse is a loving, caring animal and should be treated with all the care you would give a human loved one.

How to celebrate – Take care of your horse. Watch out for others abuse any animal. Read Black Beauty.

May 9th National Dog Moms Day

May 9th National Dog Moms Day

Today is always the 2nd Saturday of May and was created by Casey and Leigh Isaacson for their, “The Dog Person’s Dating App” or DIG. Reading about the day I was a bit confused as to whether the day is about a human mom and her dog, or about the dogs that become moms or maybe both. I guess it doesn’t really matter though I doubt true dog moms are going on many dating apps (But I could be wrong). If you are a dog lover, you need to find another dog lover to be understood.

How to celebrate – Love your dog. Try out the DIG (Make sure you aren’t already married first). Start a dog mom club, your choice if it’s a human with dog or just a dog mom.

May 1st National Pet Month

May 1 National Pet Month

This month, for the entire month, we recognize that one man’s pet may not be another’s. However, it shouldn’t matter. If you love your pet, why care about whether someone else loves it or not? Dogs and cats are the best known pets but frankly they can come from any species on earth (and maybe from elsewhere if you believe in that sort of thing). Horses, snakes, rodents and I assume even the occasional worm could be considered pets. Love them regardless of what they are, they are yours and you should be theirs. And remember, this is not just for today but for the entire month!

How to celebrate – Take your pet for a walk (not recommended for goldfish). Spend more time each day with your pet. Buy your pet a gift.

April 23rd Lover's Day

Today is the day set aside for lover’s. Now most of us think lover’s are people who are drawn to each other but there is more to being a lover than just how you feel about another person. It applies to anything that you love, animals, plants, books, tennis, baseball, music, movies… it can go on and on. The general idea is that anything to love, love to see or love to do is celebrated today. And I suppose it is possible to love many things all at the same time. This does not include things you like a lot, you have to love them!

How to celebrate – List everything you love. Spend a little time with everything you love today. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with!

April 10th National Farm Animals Day

April 10th – National Farm Animals Day

How often do farm animals get celebrated? Not very often! Colleen Paige, Animal Rescuer, Vegetarian and Pet Lifestyle Expert created today in the hope that we might look at those animals on farms as living creatures rather than supper. Having grown up on a farm I do have a tendency to look at animals differently. I’m not a vegetarian but I could not look an animal in the eye and then slaughter it. I have had goats, horses and cattle as pets. All were a little tough to take for walk but they all served a purpose. They are living, breathing and caring animals if you give them a chance. And just like people they feel, love and think (Though maybe with some limitations.)   

How to celebrate – Visit a petting zoo. Spend some time on a farm. Love your pet.

April 8th Zoo Lover's Day

I know most zoos are controversial. I get it, caging up animals meant to roam free is unnatural. The trouble is, in the world today, zoos are often safer for animals than being in the wild. There are numerous breeds that would have been lost to history if not for zoos. It is also a chance for us to see animals that we may not otherwise be able to see. Many zoos also have wonderful rehabilitation programd. So instead of being upset with these places that are trying to keep their animals healthy and happy, try just going to a zoo and enjoying yourself. Originally called a Menagerie, zoos have been around since 1500 BC.

How to celebrate – Visit a zoo. Do not condemn what you do not understand. Help fund zoos to do the right thing and help with rehabilitation programs.