March 23rd marks National Puppy Day! A day all about little baby dogs- what could be better?? Here’s some backstory behind the now international holiday and some fun ways to celebrate it.
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Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige established national Puppy Day in 2006. Paige is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. Colleen Paige has created special days all about giving recognition to animals and their owners in order to improve their lives.
National Puppy Day is actually considered an international day now because it’s trended worldwide on Twitter since 2012!
Now that you’re briefed on the etymology of National Puppy Day, here are some great ways to honor the day:
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- Head to your local shelter or rescue organization and adopt a puppy.
- Did you just become a first time puppy parent? Hire a professional that can help you.
- Donate money, food, toys, and volunteer hours to your local shelter
- Write your Congressman and ask for their support to ban Puppy Mills in your state.
- Host a puppy party and invite all your human and puppy friends.
- Join an online doggy community. Share pictures your puppy and look at admire other puppies.
- Have a fundraiser for your local animal shelter.
- Take as many pictures of your puppy as possible to preserve their time as a young pup. Maybe even go for professional photos or a painted portrait.
- Get your pup a little present.
- Take your puppy to daycare or a dog park to get some extra exercise and social time with other dogs.
- Groom your dog so they aren’t weighed down in extra fur; it is spring after all!
- Pamper your pooch with a massage.
- If your furry friend doesn’t mind clothes, splurge on a cute, new outfit. Better yet, get matching outfits for you and your dog. If clothing isn’t their jam, a shiny new collar will do.
- Make a shirt with your pup’s face on it to commemorate the day.
- If the weather permits, go on a beach field trip.
- Go through your pup’s toy collection and purge the nasty, mangled toys that are probably teeming with bacteria.
- Purchase a doggy set belt for safe drives with your pup.
- Get some new, luxurious bath products for your puppy.
- Subscribe to Digital Doggy Daily for pet parenting advice, doggy news, and other important pup information!
- Make sure your yard and pool have been properly puppy-proofed.
- Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy incase they ever get lost.
- See if your dog is due for a visit to the vet or any shots.
- If you have kids, show them the proper way to pet a dog and make sure they know to never pulling on their ears or tail.
- Make a promise to walk your pup regularly to maintain their physical and mental health.
- Call and ask your local elderly community if they’d like to have a dog come visit.
- Purchase some puppy steps for the side of your bed so your dog doesn’t have to If you like your puppy to snuggle in bed with you, buy him some puppy steps to make it easy for him to join you.
- If you have slippery stairs, carpet them to prevent any painful slips and falls for your pup.
- Make a promise to never abuse your dog. Always show your furry companion love, patience, and compassion.
How will you celebrate National Puppy Day?