As doting pet parents we know that every dog has his day, and we diligently mark August 26th on our calendars in recognition of National Dog Day. But did you also know that every dog has his own WEEK thanks to National Dog Week?
Held each fourth week in September, National Dog Week was established in 1928 by Captain William Judy, the publisher of Dog World magazine and author of The Care of the Dog and The Dog Encyclopedia, among other works which focused on our furry friends.
Following are just a few suggestions for making the most of the pet holiday:
- Give your tail-wagging chum a taste of the good life by making him/her a treat with your own two hands! Check out our dog treat recipe section to unleash your inner chef!
- Curl up on the couch with your canine companion and watch a Fido-themed flick! There are a wide range of dog movies from which to choose, from silver screen hits that will tug at your heartstrings (Old Yeller, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, Where the Red Fern Grows) to presentations that will put a smile on your face (Beethoven, 101 Dalmatians, Benji.)
- Teach the next generation of animal lovers about the faithful heart of man’s best friend by giving a child a book to read about the contributions of such courageous canines as Sgt. Stubby, a four-legged hero of the first World War, or Smoky, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier whose bravery helped to save the lives of soldiers in World War II.
- You don’t have to embark on an exotic sightseeing excursion to make your four-pawed pal happy– the two of you can make memories by exploring the dog-friendly sites in your neighborhood. Why not grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant complete with a welcoming patio for canine customers, or pack a picnic to enjoy at a dog-friendly park?
- If Fido is a four-legged fashionista, buy him or her a fancy new dog collar!
- Your dog’s inner pup will come out to play when he receives a new dog toy in honor of National Dog Week.
- Bring joy to homeless dogs by donating much-needed items, funds, or your time by volunteering at a nearby animal shelter.
- If you have been thinking of welcoming a furry family member into your life, there’s no time like the present to give a dog in need the gift of a happy forever home! Your new barking buddy may be as close as your local shelter, or you might spot your Spot among the many adoptable companion animals listed on AdoptaPet.com, PetFinder.com, or PetHarbor.com!