I’ve been told that you learn something new every day. What I learned today is that there are Dog Holidays. Yes, holidays that are designated for dogs; some of which have the word National in the title. Obviously I love my dogs or we wouldn’t be here, but holidays? Do they know about these holidays? Are they secretly irate because I haven’t celebrated these with them? Are they bummed because they’ve missed out due to my ignorance? I feel bad now, I mean we’ve never celebrated any of these. We’ve missed every single dog holiday. (In case you didn’t pick up on it that was a whole lot of sarcasm). I’m not talking about three or four of these holidays, but numerous holidays throughout the year and we have not celebrated one of them. How bad of a parent am I (no need to answer)? I had zero clue that dog holidays existed but I’m guessing you already figured that out. Sure, as owners we celebrate their birthday each year. They get presents for Christmas. Those are the special days I was aware of. I was not aware of any of these other holidays that I’m about to share with you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m joking about the holidays but there are some (not many) that I really like now that I’m aware of them. Unfortunately, I can’t share all the holidays or we’ll be here until next week so I’m going to pick some to share with you. I will include the link to all the holidays though so you can see what you may be missing. Also, the authors deserve a lot of credit for putting the list together. I’m not sure I could do it because I’d constantly be thinking, “Are you kidding me with this?” Pull up a chair and enjoy the knowledge that’s heading your way. Disclaimer: You’re welcome and I’m a little sorry!
January, February, and March. January is Walk Your Pet Month and National Train Your Dog Month. The 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day. Here’s a good one! January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Come on! First of all, I don’t do the dog dress up thing but even if I did, can you imagine a 170 pound Mastiff in a tutu, or in a T-shirt that says Fluff You? No, that’s just not right. The 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day and the 29th is Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday. I realize this isn’t dog related but I literally could not pass this up and I know you’re going to think I’m lying (if you don’t, you should but I’m not) January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. Yep I said it and you read it. It’s real, it exists, and you can’t undo it in your brain. Going into February, there are some really great holidays and no that isn’t sarcasm (shocking I know). February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month, and Unchain a Dog Month. Some good ones there. Continuing on with February. The 7th through 14th is Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week (didn’t we already decide this is the whole month?). The 14th is Pet Theft Awareness Day, the 16th through the 17th (2015) was the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show, and on the 20th is Love Your Pet Day. Now if I’m not mistaken, you should be loving your pet every day! The 15th through the 21st is National Justice for Animals Week. February 22nd is Walking Your Dog Day and the 23rd is (wait for it) International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (I know! I can’t believe it either). The last Tuesday in February is World Spay Day (I didn’t see a neuter day and that’s not fair to girls). Let’s do March. March 7th is the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; also known as “The Last Great Race on Earth.” An unimportant side note here: I’ve always thought this was a mean event because I see how hard the dogs work. I know the dogs are bred for sledding and for the Iditarod; I just hate seeing them in the snow and cold and how tired they get. Continuing on to another one that makes me think, “Really? That’s a ‘holiday’?” It occurs on March 3rd and it is (are you ready for this one?), If Pets Had Thumbs Day! Yes, you read that correctly! March 1st through 7th is Professional Pet Sitters Week. Then March 15th through 21st is National Poison Prevention Week and the 23rd is National Puppy Day. Isn’t every day National Puppy Day?
April, May, and June. April has many holidays. The month of April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, and my absolutely favorite (although all are important) is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Once again, shouldn’t this be ever day of the year? Shouldn’t awareness be done daily? I just don’t get it. Anyway, in the UK it’s National Pet Month. Then on the first Saturday of April it’s Every Day is Tag Day (See! At least someone at the, let’s make up dog holidays place, gets the whole “every day” thing). The 8th is National Dog Fight Awareness Day (love this one), the 11th is National Pet Day, and the week of the 12th through the 18th is Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week (another favorite of mine-hey, my opinion matters, well at least in my brain it does). This next one I’m not sure I get, the 18th is Pet Owners Independence Day. Why do pet owners have an independence day? The United States has the greatest Independence Day so why one for just pet owners? Ok, ok, ok, I’ll move on. The third week in April is Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. From what I understand (which isn’t a lot) the Humane Society of the United States has created that one which I think is fantastic. The third week in April is also National Pet ID Week. I just have to stop here for a minute. I get that many of these holidays are to bring about awareness and to remind people about important issues with dogs. But really people! Shouldn’t a dog owner be very aware of having identification on their dog? Shouldn’t they love their pets every day? Why aren’t they responsible 365 days a year? I mean there shouldn’t be a need for a “spay day.” It should be common knowledge that our shelters are over populated and hundreds of healthy, loving animals are being killed every day. If there is a need for such a reminder then it should be named “spay or neuter your damn dog no matter what day it is dumb ass!” Damn, off track again! I hate when I do that and I’m guessing you do too. The final holiday in April is on the 26th and is National Kids and Pets Day. Moving forward to May. May is National Pet Month, Responsible Animal Guardian Month (I’m keeping my mouth shut), Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and Chip Your Pet Month (I’m staying quiet). May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day, the first full week in May is the American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week (mouth still shut), and National Pet Week. May 3rd is National Specially Abled Dog Day. Then we have on the first Monday before Mother’s Day (are you ready for this?) Puppy Mill Action Week and the 18th through the 24th is Dog Bite Prevention Week. Here’s two more that I am sorry but they should be celebrated 365 days per year. No one, no matter how hard they try can explain to me why these two have a holiday whether for a day or a week. These two should have coverage daily, monthly, in every dog related publication, at every dog shelter, from every dog rescue. Why do people have to be reminded of this crap? (That’s rhetorical). If you’re truly a “dog-person” chances are high that you already promote this stuff and you definitely do not have to be reminded about puppy mills and the prevention and possibility of dog bites! I feel about this the way I do about Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day; they’re unnecessary (yes, I’m being cynical here and worse, I’m not all the way sorry for it). If you love me and if you’re glad I’m your mother then show me on more days than one per year. Sure I’m simplifying it but really, it is simple. Make sure people know puppy mills exist and make sure you don’t put your dog in a situation that makes them feel that inducing a bite is the only option. Oh yea, holidays that’s what we’re supposed to be doing here (ok, what I’m supposed to be doing here). On to June, which is National Pet Preparedness Month. This means helping owners learn how to keep their pet safe during hurricanes, tornados, and floods. June 11th is Just One Day. Just One Day is an organization that pushes for shelters to stop killing animals for just one day (https://www.facebook.com/Just1Day/timeline). Check out their Facebook page, it’s really wonderful. See, I can agree with some things. Onward, June 14th is World Pet Memorial Day, and umm, well, you may not believe this next one but you can Google it. You still may not believe it and honestly, I wouldn’t blame you a bit. I had a hard time believing it myself! Ok here goes, June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Yes, it’s true. No, I’m not making it up. I’m telling you, search it. Go ahead; you know you want to.
July, August, and September. Starting with July which is Dog House Repair Month and National Lost Pet Prevention Month. I’m not going to say that every single day of the year should be lost dog prevention. Nope, not going to say a word. Does typing those words count? (Rhetorical again). On the 15th it’s National Pet Fire Safety Day and on the 31st is National Mutt Day (seems a bit offensive). I swear I really do have a thought filter. It just doesn’t seem to be working very well right now. July is a slow month for national dog holidays but August has a few more. The 1st is DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs, the 2nd through 8th is International Assistance Dog Week, the 5th is Work Like a Dog Day. I had no intention of looking this up but I just had to know and now I wish I didn’t. This day is for those who work hard. Seriously. It’s for those who really “dig in” at work. Uh yea, honest. The 2nd through the 8th is International Assistance Dog Week, the 15th is National Check the Chip Day, and the 15th is International Homeless Animals’ Day. The 26th is National Dog Day, the 28th is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, and the 30th is National Holistic Pet Day. Now we have September. This is a ditto but still important, it’s National Disaster Preparedness Month. The second Sunday in September is National Pet Memorial Day. The last full week in September celebrates two events, National Dog Week and Deaf Pet Awareness Week. Here’s one that I won’t apologize for saying it’s absolutely ridiculous. Remember, my blog, my opinions. But seriously, do we really need a “holiday” for politicians’ dogs? (Rhetorical yet again). I can’t believe this is even close to real; but September 23rd is Dogs in Politics Day also known as Checkers Day; this day celebrates the dogs of politicians. Are they kidding with this stuff? Ridiculous-absolutely and unequivocally ridiculous. I’m going to try to forget I learned that little useless bit of trivia and tell you that the 28th is World Rabies Day.
October, November, and December. October, like all the other months, has another odd celebratory day in it. Hang on, we’ll get to it. It is Adopt-A-Dog Month, Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, and National Pet Wellness Month. The 1st week of October is National Walk Your Dog Week and Animal Welfare Week. In New York City on the 2nd and 3rd (2015) is the First Annual Dog Film Festival (I’ve no idea). October 11th through 17th is National Veterinary Technician Week. Ok, I’m going to try (extremely hard) to use my filter here. October 28th is Plush Animal Lovers Day. Yes, I’ll explain because there’s no way that I’m the only one who said, “Huh?” when I read it. This day is about giving dog’s stuffed toys that they will tear up. Yes I’m serious. Yes I typed it correctly. Yes I’m utilizing my filter. Just so you know I’m only playing favorites with dogs a little (fine, a lot) I’m going to mention that the 29th is National Cat Day and the 30th is National Black Cat Day. That’s it for October, we’re on to November. The month is Adopt a Senior Dog Month, National Pet Awareness Month, National Senior Pet Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and Pet Diabetes Month. Phew that’s a lot for one month. The National Dog Show takes place this month and that’s it. November is a slow month too. December brings National Mutt Day (still a bit offensive) on the 2nd and that’s it. Nothing more for December.
Those are all of the dog holidays and observances I’m going to share. Personally, I think that’s more than enough; actually it was too much. You have to remember that I didn’t include all of them and you’re welcome for that. Originally I thought this would be a neat topic to write about; celebrating dogs. Now, I kind of wish I hadn’t thought of it. Sure, I got some laughs from it but now I will forever wonder who celebrates the not so believable ones. I’ll likely not look at a dog owner again without wondering if they observe Work Like a Dog Day. I’ll be analyzing them to figure out if they’re the type of owner that only appreciates their dog during the first week in June. And I think I may ask every dog owner I see if they celebrate Dogs in Politics Day. If they do I’ll be petitioning the ASPCA to do a welfare check at the person’s home because, well, they’re likely too dumb to own any type of pet other than a rock. Again, my blog, my opinion. You know, if people want to dress their dog up, take it to work, and observe these holidays, that’s their right. However, I then have the right to think they’re crazy. Will I also make fun of them? Well of course I will!
Permenter, P. & Bigley, J. (Aug. 15, 2015). Dog Tipper. Pet Holidays. Retrieved August 28, 2015 from, www.dogtipper.com/fun/pet-holidays.