December 2nd National Mutt Day

Dec. 2nd National Mutt Day

How about making this Christmas brighter for everyone! Get a dog, from a shelter, that could really use your love and probably give you back more than you can even contemplate receiving. It is estimated that thee are 3.3 million dogs in shelters in the United States. Most are animals that are filled with love and truly are man’s best friend. They, like most humans, do not deserve to live their lives in cages, seldom, if ever, getting much human contact. All they want is a home, and a little hope. They give back much more than they take and I can tell you, they are truly your best friend. They do not care about what you look like, how you smell or what you like to do… they just want to be with you and share your experiences, which really are all that much better for them being there. Today was created by Colleen Page in 2005, bless her.

How to celebrate – Free a dog today. Get a best new friend today. Give hope to those who have been forgotten.

Oct. 1st National Fire Pup Day

Oct. 1st National Fire Pup Day

Today we celebrate the Fire Pups that are not only our best friends, but in many cases our heroes. In the 1700’s the Dalmatian was used by the wealthy to protect their carriage while traveling. The dogs would run along side the carriage, protecting the contents when it was stopped. In the 1800’s the Dalmatian was used by fire departments as it was found they calmed the horses used to transport the fire equipment. Well we don’t use horses for fire engines anymore but the Dalmatian have stayed is use as a mascot for the fire department, (Along with other breeds) and they still help with search and rescue.

How to celebrate – See how many fire stations in your community still keep a dog. Read about the hero dogs that have saved man. Love your pup.

August 26th National Dog Day

I have never made a secret of the fact that I love dogs. To me, they are man’s best friend. To leave them alone in the world, or mistreat them just because you can is wrong. They have never done anything to you so what’s the point. Even after abuse, many dogs still try to make up with their owners because they don’t understand what they did wrong. They are loving animals, true friends and make us better people. We rescued a dog that I absolutely adore. She is great! Why anyone in their right mind would have given up on her is beyond me, she never gave up on them. Today was created by the National Dog Day Foundation who strive to save 10,000 dogs a year, one day at a time.

How to celebrate – Love your dog. Rescue a dog. Be a friend to your best friend.

July 31st National Mutt’s Day

Who’s your buddy? It only seems right that after yesterday being International Day of Friendship that today we celebrate our true friends, dogs. Now the pure bred dogs are fun to look at but for a true friend, you require the half-breed, the mutt. This is a dog that has nothing to prove and often nothing to lose so they give you their all and often asking for only a small bit of you in return. I am a true dog lover. They are my best friends which makes me want to give them all I can. They celebrate with us on our highs and stay by our sides during our lows. They don’t care about about what kind of house we have or what kind of car we drive, whether we were the most fashionable or dress like a bum, they love us because… they love us. And the best of all is the mutt. They may not be pretty and they may never win a ribbon, but they will always be your friend.

Hot to celebrate – Love your dog. Adopt a rescue. Treat your dog like a King or Queen today.

June 21st Take Your Dog To Work Day

This could get a little messy, but who cares… take your best friend to work today. Bring a little snack and a bowl for water and your set! You can take them for a walk at lunch and any other breaks you get during the day. Who knows, nay be your dog will inspire you to some great revelation that will earn you a promotion or raise. To me, it is better than Take Your Cat To Work Day because you’ll end up spending your entire day trying to find them. But a dog generally stays by your side and sleeps. A really bad idea would be combining the two days, no one would get anything done. And if you happen to be a skyscraper window cleaner, maybe not taking any animal to work with you is a good idea. Today was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, ironically a business where take your dog to work day is your work.

How to celebrate – Take your dog to work! Make sure it’s okay to take your dog to work. Work at home today so you can have your pet with you and not upset anybody.

March 23rd National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day – March 23rd

Who doesn’t love a puppy!?! They are filled with all the good things in life and they are willing to share expecting little in return. Today was created in 2006 to promote puppy adoption. There are so many puppies out there that do not have a home of their own, go hungry because no one helps them and suffer when they do not need to. They are our best friends and all they ask for is a little love, a little food and a little water. They are willing to protect us, love us when no one else does and make a house a home.

How to celebrate – Adopt a puppy today. Help an animal shelter today. Love your puppy like you would a child.

January 14th National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Do not be surprised if you find your pet hiding from you today when you get up. They have pretty good memories and may remember that today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. The day was created by Colleen Paige and surprisingly she is an animals advocate.

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I say that because, I have never met an animal that likes to be dressed up! Ever! Now before you get all bent out of shape I know they can look cute. But lets face it, they were born naked! Well then, so are people. Actually, they are born more dressed than people!

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Well, at least she picked a winter day where they smaller pets can be somewhat protected from the cold. Since many animals look like their owners, or visa-versa, at least you can wear matching outfits! Sometimes your pets may even look better in that matching outfit than you do!

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But let’s face it, do you really think they like it!?! You notice there are no cats in these photos. That’s probably because when yo dress up a cat, you rarely have any fingers left to push the button on your camera.

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Now I am all for spending time with you pets and having fun. It’s just that fun should be something shared with your pet, not solely in your eyes. Enjoy your pets, but let them enjoy you too.

How to celebrate – Spend the day with your pet. If you want to dress them up, ask them first. Make sure you get, or make, matching outfits.