July 31st Mutts Day

I love mutts. They, to me, are the pure definition of a dog, man’s best friend. They have nothing to prove, no trophies to show, and offer nothing but pure love. They have two, or more, breeds in their makeup and that normally seems to balance them into just being a good friend. Some of them are pretty, others are beauty challenged, but that’s only on the outside, they are warm, caring animals that want to do little more than please you. Oh, and sure, they just like people, make mistakes but they will learn and always try better, even though sometimes then still make an error or two. Love your dog and they will love you ten-fold.

How to celebrate- Be thankful you have a best friend. Give your dog a treat just because. Adopt a dog, give them a home… you won’t regret it.

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.

March 23rd National Puppy Day

Puppies are great! So full of energy and cute, they remind us of all the good things in life. Yes they have their accidents and tear a few things up they shouldn’t but for most of us, that’s just a part of loving them. When you look in their eyes they show the love they have for everyone and everything, they are only taught to fear and distrust people by what people do to them. Puppies are still learning and for the most part do want to please their masters. But they are kids and have to rebel at least a little. And just like children, enjoy them while you can because they do grow up fast. The nice thing about that is, then you have the best friend in life you could ever have.

How to celebrate – Get a puppy. Learn what kind of dog is good for your life style. Take plenty of pictures!

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

Most of us have some kind of pet, a dog, a cat, a bird even a fish. The list can go on and on, I even had a pet bull once in my life (no I won’t explain). The thing about animals are, they can be, and generally are, that friend that we don’t ever have to explain anything to, that doesn’t care what we look like when we get up, or pass judgement in some of our worst moments. They are our friends, our babies, and sometimes a reflection of who we are. So stop and let your pet know you love them. They do that every time they see you.

How to celebrate – Give your pet a hug today (unless your pet is a fish). Give your pet a treat for no reason at all. Spend the day with your pet, you won’t regret it.

September 8th National Pet Memorial Day

They are the same as having a son or daughter, a sister or a brother, or even grand kids. Our pets are sadly here for a shorter time than any of us would like. However, they stay with us all through our lives as we never really forget them. Today, I guess, is a day to be sad again because we force ourselves to remember them. It can also be a good day as we remember the good things they brought to our lives. Today was created by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Cremoratories. That may be a little morbid, but the intent is good. Love your pets, they aren’t around for all that long and the one single thing they do really well is… love you.

How to celebrate – Remember your pets that have passed. Love the pets you do have even more. Keep the happy times and lose the sad times.

March 23rd National Puppy Day

What is cuter than a puppy? The correct answer… nothing! These potential “Man’s Best Friend” are filled with energy and prone to doing a few things they shouldn’t but still it’s very hard to resist their appeal.

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They are a bit clumsy as they learn how to use their legs and control their bodies but that’s part of the fun watching them and playing with them. They provide cuddles and kisses, loving and fun as they become a part of the family.

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They say that  dog that crosses it’s feet when it lays down shows signs of intelligence. I am not sure why but they do look more studious. Dogs that cross their feet when  they run, however, fall down!

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I love dogs… not that I don’t love cats and other animals, I do… but dogs offer us something more than any other animal. They want to be with us, they want to be involved in what we are doing (Whether that helps or not) and will offer up their lives to protect us. I don’t know of a better friend than that. They do not judge us, don’t care what we look like (Or smell like) and love us unconditionally.

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Today was created by Colleen Paige of Pet & Home Lifestyle.

How to celebrate – Take your puppy to lunch (A picnic)! Try to pick out a puppy from a shelter to save their lives and easy the burden on over stretched resources. Don’t forget the older dogs too though, they need homes and people to love them as well.

February 22nd Walking the Dog Day

Walking the Dog Day

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Feb 22nd is the day we celebrate taking our dogs for a walk. It is a great way to get some exercise for both yourself and your dog. It’s a wonderful way to explore something new that can only be done on foot, and it gives a little something back to a creature that loves you without condition.

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Dogs truly are man’s best friend and they really ask so little in return. Remember that when they are with you, it is their time so let them lead you where they want to go (unless, of course, that place is dangerous!)

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How to celebrate – Make sure that if you walk at night you get a light-up leash so others can see where you are. Take along a source of water for you and your friend. Don’t always travel the same route, explore new places.