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09/21/2011 23:35:58 PM by YPT   Send Message to YPT  1936  views, category: More pet holidays view all blogs

        

Celebrate your pet holidays with your pet! But did you know what pet holidays there are each year? Check this out:

January 21 - Squirrel Appreciation Day
Dogs and cats alike can’t resist chasing wiggly, fluffy-tailed squirrels. The way they run – and sometimes tease – they drive our pets crazy. While Squirrel Appreciation Day was originally created for humans who love squirrels, how can we possibly appreciate them in the same way, or as much as, our pets do? According to the NWF, Squirrel Appreciation Day was invented by a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina named Christy Hargrove in 2001.

January 22 - National Answer Your Cat's Questions Day
This is the special day for you to answer the questions of your cat and discover the uncertainty of your feline companion.

Your cat may usually act like she knows everything, but she really doesn’t. Today is the day to give your feline the answers she is always thinking about, but never really asks out loud. Seriously, the day is meant for people owned by cats to spend some time with their feline friends and pay a more conscious attention to their behavior than they usually might. This is a good time to try and understand the way these fascinating  and complicated critters think a little bit better.

February 20 - Love Your Pet Day
We love our pets every day, but sometimes we take for granted all the love, affection, and joy they give to us. Love Your Pet Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil our pets a little. Do something special that we might not normally do, like make them a special meal or give them a massage. Get your kitty some fresh catnip, or take your pup to the dog park. Give back some extra love.

February 23 - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
A day set aside to learn about and give appreciation for our canine’s favorite treats. The best way to celebrate is to make some tasty cookies from scratch, and let your buddy indulge. There are lots of recipes for healthy and delicious biscuits on the web.

March 3 - What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
Admit it, you think about this all the time. When the cat clings to the screen window or the dog yanks open the fridge and eats everything on the bottom shelf, you have to wonder what kind of trouble they would get into if they had disposable thumbs. Of course, sometimes I suspect that cats might not need us much at all if they had thumbs. On the other hand, they might be more helpful around the house, too!  Hey, kitty, scoop your own box, huh?

March 23 - National Puppy Day
Everybody loves cute and cuddly puppies. But this holiday is about the ones that might be scraggly or hairless, snaggle-toothed or squashy-faced too. All puppies give abundant and unrestrained love, and today, we can make a special effort to give it back! National Puppy Day was founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige.

April 25 - Don't Step in the Dog Poop Day
As the owner and founder of Yucko’s Poop Scoop'n Service in St. Louis, Levy has been wrangling waste since 1990. April 25 is Don't Step in the Dog Poop Day, a day to take a break from scraping your shoes. It's the best time of a year to take care of your dog poop, clean up the waste and keep the environment nice and fresh.

April 30 - National Hairball Awareness Day
Hairballs are serious business for many cats. While it’s handy that they are mostly self-sufficient when it comes to hygiene, it’s an unfortunate side effect that licking that long, thick coat leads to big chunks of indigestible hair in kitty’s belly.

Today is the day to learn more about how to ease your cat’s hairball issues. For instance, if your cat is coughing up hairballs more than a few times a month, it may be time to visit the vet to rule out intestinal problems. For more standard hairball issues, there are special foods and supplements to help ease the digestion and passage of nasty hairballs through kitty’s system. You can also take some extra time to comb him frequently and prevent hairballs to begin with!

May 12 - Hug Your Cat Day
I don’t know about your felines, but mine really don’t appreciate being hugged. Which isn’t to say that other cats don’t enjoy a good cuddle – many do! Today’s the day to give your hug-loving cat a good squeeze to show your kit how much you adore them. Whether they like it or not. Maybe you can bribe her over within squeezing range with a nice treat. This may be a better day than any to adopt a cat who has no one in the world to hug them.

June 19  - National Pets in Film Day
The great pet stars of film are some of the most famous animals in history: Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, the traumatic memory of Old Yeller, the inspiring buddies (and their cat) of ‘Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.’ Today is a day to break out classics old and new, and for adults to share them with their kids. Founder Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Network, created this holiday as the ideal time for parents to help their children learn caring and empathy for our animal friends through wonderful  pet-centric films.

June 25 - Take Your Dog to Work Day
Why take your kid to work, when you can bring your dog? There’s no reason you can’t do both on different days – if your boss allows it. Having a pet around the office has been found to increase productivity, reduce attendance problems, and decrease stress, as long as the dog is well trained and relaxes while mom or dad work. In 1999, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day hoping that when non-pet owners got to experience for themselves the joy of dogs and the invaluable bond they form with their people, they may be inspired to adopt a best friend of their own.

July 24 - Tell An Old Joke Day
Pets are funny – that’s why they’re the topic of so many classic jokes! This is a day to break out the old puns, dust them off, and give them a new run among friends and co-workers. Hey, do you know why the cat was so small? Because it only drank condensed milk. Hee. Don’t worry, there are thousands of funnier ones out there.

August 26 - National Dog Day
They’re our best friends. Some work hard at playing, some work hard at being lazy, and others just work hard. They save lives, assist with healing and help to keep us safe as well as happy. The dog has been humankind’s companion for thousands of years, since they slept as guardians outside our caves.

Today is the day we honor the dogs that bring so much to our lives – especially by adopting those who may never get to show their hearts otherwise. Founder Colleen Paige began the holiday after 9/11, when she realized how little credit was given to the first responder dogs that helped with search and rescue after the disaster. She realized that dogs are rarely given the recognition they deserve for all the services they give us, whether formally in the work world, or simply in our homes.

September 4 - Newspaper Carrier Day
Created to celebrate the hiring of Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier (although they were called paperboys at the time), who was hired on September 4, 1833 by the ‘New York Sun,’ and all newspaper carriers since – plus the dogs who fetch them. Or maybe eat them. Or at least pee on them.

September 7 - National Feel The Love Day
We feel deep love for our furry friends year round, but this is a day to celebrate the emotion with a special observance of how they make us feel. Share a cuddle or a grooming. Go for a long walk, or make Spot or Fuzzy a special treat. Make a extra effort on this day to show them what they show you all the time.

October 14 - Be Bald and Free Day
Not all of our pets are furry or fuzzy – some have no hair at all! WellCat created Be Bald and Free Day to celebrate the unique wonder and beauty of furless cats and dogs, like the Sphinx cat and the Chinese Crested Hairless. They may not be conventionally cute, but their love and affection for their people is just as strong. They also provide some unique positives that fuzzy pets don’t: no shedding, which saves both furniture and allergic parents (to some degree; dander from the skin is the most common pet allergen), fleas and ticks are uncommon without hair to hide in, and more. Our hairless friends deserve love too!

October 29 - National Cat Day
National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

November 17 - Take a Hike Day
People don’t take nearly enough time to appreciate the outdoors. Nor do we get enough exercise. Take a Hike Day is a great excuse to get started doing both – and to bring your dog or leash-trained cat along too. Hiking is a fantastic adventure for a pet: so much to explore, so much stimulation for the senses, so much wildlife to freak out over! Be sure to keep your friend on a leash though, so they won’t get lost or injured, and check them for ticks if you’ll be in the woods.

December 2 - National Mutt Day
Who says purebreds are the best dogs? Well, purebred owners and dog shows, mostly. People who love a “mutt-a-gree” would beg to differ. It’s a great day to consider adopting a mixed breed dog from your local shelter – they offer all the best qualities of the purebreds without some of the negatives in health and personality. If you can’t adopt today, Colleen Paige of the Animal Miracle Network recommends making a small donation of money, time or supplies to your local shelter.

December 15 - Cat Herders' Day
You know that saying, “It’s like herding cats”? It exists for a reason – you can’t herd cats unless they want to be herded. WellCat designed this holiday as a time when people owned by cats can learn tricks to maybe turn the tables a bit and get their feline to cooperate in spite of themselves.

There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to celebrate our four legged friends.  Some of them are funny, some are more serious. But whatever pet holiday it might be, it’s always a good time to consider giving a loving home to a dog or cat that needs one. There is so much love and affection in an adopted animal, you will never regret it.



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