January 14th Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today was created by Colleen Paige. You go girl! The thing is, most of our pets would rather that you go right on by this day and act like it never was. Sure, it’s cute to dress you pet up to make them look funny or cute. The thing is, I don’t think they really like it. Oh sure, they enjoy the attention for a while and naturally they love spending time with you, but as far as getting dressed up, not so much. In fact, I bet they have a dart board set up with today’s date center that they target. So if you got up this morning and found the date ripped out of your newspaper or if you can’t find your pet where they normally would hang out, you know what day it is.

How to celebrate – Make your pet your mini me. Dress your pet and get your picture and get rid of the clothing, hats and such. Let your pet just be your pet.

November 23rd National Adoption Day

We celebrate, and challenge, you to adopt someone new into your family. It is an important day to think about and maybe even act on. There are thousands of children that have no home to go to. Can you imagine having no place to go or to have no one care about what you do? It’s bad enough for adults but for children it’s even worse. Today always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, maybe in the hopes that you will set a new place at your Thanksgiving table for someone who has no place to go. Since it’s followed by Christmas, why not let them stay over? You might just find out that the biggest reward is not in what you offer, but what you receive.

How to celebrate – Consider adoption. Make someone’s life better. Look for the good in people.

November 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

Nov. 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

You cook for your family and aren’t your pets a part of your family? So why not cook for them? They like a nice home cooked meal as well. I mean, it beats whatever comes out of that can or bag so it has to be better! Animals have a hard time with certain types of human food so you need to check and see what they might be allergic to. You can put it on some fine china and serve it with a napkin and a nice chilled bottle of domestic water. Or, you can just give them what is left over on your own plate, maybe even save a little… you could stand a few less calories. Your pets are a part of your family, treat them like that, and every once in a while cook for them when it’s practical.

How to celebrate – Look up what foods your pet might be allergic to. Cook a little extra of whatever you are having for supper to share. Set a place at the table for your pet.

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.

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.

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.

March 3rd If Pets Had Thumbs Day

If Pets Had Thumbs Day – March 3rd

Can you image if your pets had thumbs? You would never have to open another can of food for them, pour water for them and you might even find them reading he morning paper. But, unless your pet is a monkey, they do not have thumbs, which is probably a good thing. If you think about all the stuff you lose or misplace every day by yourself, imagine what might end up missing if you pets could carry them away as well.

How to celebrate – Love your pet for who they are. Get a monkey if you want to find out what pets with thumbs might do. Be thankful that your pet actually needs you.