April 18th Pet Owner’s Independence Day

Another odd holiday from the good people at Wellcat.com, created in 2002. The general idea is that anyone owning a pet can take today off , if they work, and spend it with their pet. Of course lately, we all have been spending more time with our pets since we have had to be at home more. I am not exactly sure what the Independence Day is all about? Maybe it’s because Pet Day was already taken. While it makes little, to no, sense to me… it’s okay. I love my pets and I am independent of them. (They do not influence my vote)

How to celebrate – Take your pet to lunch. Just make like it’s a regular day and give your pet all the love you can.

April 11th National Pet Day

Today was created by Colleen Paige, Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert, in 2006. It should have been created long before that! Pets are more than just animals in our houses, yards, they are a part of our families, friends and lives. Whether your pet is a dog, cat, rabbit, snake, whatever, it depends on you but you also depend on it. My dog is one of my best friends. No, it’s not like my wife or kid, it’s can’t go have drinks with me at a club and though it tries really hard, it can’t catch the football I throw around in the back yard. But she is always there, trying to make me smile and ready to give me kisses for absolutely no reason at all.

How to celebrate – Love your pet. If you don’t have a pet rescue one from a shelter. Give your best friend a hug. not just today but every day.

March 1st National Pig Day

You wouldn’t think it by looking at them, but pigs are actually one of the smartest animals on the face of the earth. They can be trained to do tricks and are pretty social. They actually make pretty decent pets too! (not that a lot of us have that option). Today was created by an art teacher in Texas, Ellen Stanley, in 1972. One would assume she had pigs, or at least access to them. At any one time there are generally about a billion pigs living on earth, most living 10-15, although some can live up to 20+ years.

How to celebrate – Take a pig to lunch today (no, that does not mean you are going to eat it). Get a pig for a pet. Take an IQ challenge with a pig.

February 20th Love Your Pet Day

Why have a pet if you aren’t going to love them? They pretty much love you whether you are nice to them or not. I do love animals, and I have lot of them – cats and dogs (all rescues). Not so thrilled about snakes as pets but I do understand a lot of people love their snakes. You should show your pet love everyday, but maybe love them a little extra today. More treats, more hugs and though they probably don’t understand what you are saying, they do love it when you talk to them.

How to celebrate – Love your pets. List as many pet types as you can without looking. Adopt a pet if you get a chance.

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.

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.

August 26th National Dog Day

Created by the National Dog Day Foundation whose motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time.” Anybody who reads the blogs I do on a regular basis knows I love dogs. I truly believe they are man’s best friend. They are able to serve us in so many ways but I think the main purpose they serve is just to love us humans. Save a dog if you are able, you won’t regret it. They will be your friend forever. It may take a little effort, particularly if it’s a rescue dog because you don’t know what they have been through or how they have been treated. Give them a chance and they will reward you beyond what you can ever imagine.

How to celebrate – Rescue a dog. Give your dog a special treat today. Take your best friend for a special outing today. Take plenty of pictures.

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 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.

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.