Gretchen Wieners may not have been able to make fetch happen in the classic cult comedy Mean Girls, but just watch as determined dogs from coast to coast turn the phrase into their own pet holiday: National Fetch Day!
Celebrating the loving bond we have with our buddies who bark while promoting the importance of our dogs’ physical fitness, the third Saturday in October has been dubbed National Fetch Day! Created by Petmate to mark the 20th anniversary of Chuckit! (launchers that provide drool-free pick ups for games of fetch with Fido) the holiday encourages pet parents to enjoy a little one-on-one time outdoors with their dog.
If you mark National Fetch Day with your dog, share your fetch photos on social media, using the hashtags #MakeFetchHappen and #NationalFetchDay.
2 Great Reasons to Play Fetch with Your Dog
1. Play Can Prevent Your Pup from Packing on Pounds
An estimated half of all dogs in the United States are overweight, but a fun form of exercise like Fetch can easily help in your quest to keep your canine companion from sporting a fuller frame (especially during the holiday season, when colder weather and a hectic holiday schedule makes activities like long walks less likely.)
2. Exercise Enhances Education
Not only does a game of fetch improve your pup’s physical health, play time can also be used as an opportunity to train and teach good behavior skills to your tail-wagging chum.
Dogs Invited to Inaugural National Fetch Day Events
Petmate will unleash the inaugural National Fetch Day with two special events:
At the Fort Woof Dog Park in Fort Worth, Texas Fidos can play fetch with their human family and win toy prizes while canine-loving kids can get their faces painted and enjoy tasty treats purchased from food trucks.
At Human’s Best Friend Pop-Up for Dogs and Dog Lovers in New York City, dog lovers and their furry family members can meet Petmate’s new CFO (Chief Four-legged Officer!) Charlie– a six-year-old rescued Doodle. (NOTE: If you aren’t near The Big Apple in order to attend you can still find out about the apple of Petmate’s eye by following his adventures on Instagram at @puppynamedcharlie.)
Fetching Joy for Homeless Dogs
Fetching happiness for dogs who are looking to find a forever home, Petmate has partnered with Human’s Best Friend, making a donation of an assortment of Chuckit! and JW toys and Fat Cat plush valued at $10,000 for distribution to dozens of New York area rescue organizations which work with Human’s Best Friend.