Allison's Book Bag

Posts Tagged ‘pet calendar dates

With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in July.

National Pet Photo Day: No one knows who created National Pet Photo Day or even much about it except that July 11th has been set aside to get special pictures of your pets. Whether you take candid or posed shots of your pets, photograph pets at home or bring them to a park, or allow pets to stay casual or force them to dress up, be sure your camera is fully charged. Pictures can be put into a photo album, on the refrigerator, framed to sit on your work desk, or posted on the Internet.

Pet Fire Safety Day was started in the early 2000’s through the combined efforts of the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services. This special calendar day, which falls on July 15, is about creating awareness of how to help prevent your pets from starting fires and how to keep your pets safe if they’re caught in a house fire.

National Craft for Shelters Day: Established in 2012 by Sew Doggy Style blogger Erika Lindquist, National Craft for Shelters Day has a simple message. If you know how to make handmade-crafts, you can use your talent to give back to local shelters on July 21 by making budget-friendly gifts.

National Mutt Day: The need for mutt adopters is so great that, according to DogTime, two days have been set aside to “raise awareness about the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters, and to remind potential pet parents that it’s the personality and not the pedigree that truly matters”. The goal of this biannual event, observed on July 31 and December 1, is to get 10,000 shelter mutts into the loving forever homes.

Missing from my roundup is: Pet Hydration Month.

To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall throughout the rest of the year.

With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in June.

National Hug Your Cat Day: Of unknown origin, and just behind us on the calendar, is National Hug Your Cat Day. Studies have shown that cuddling with cats can reduce stress and increase relaxation.

World Pet Memorial Day: Held each second Sunday in June, World Pet Memorial Day is a time to remember the pets that were once part of our lives and to celebrate the bond we held with them. Pets bring us many benefits: they can improve our mood, relieve our stress, and provide comfort in time of need. For many of us, pets become our family, and their loss leaves a forever hole in our hearts. If you’re struggling with grief, you’ll find resources at this link.

Take Your Pet to Work Day: Take Your Pet to Work Day was created “to show our love for our pets by taking them to work with us”. It also encourages adoptions from shelters and rescue groups. So far, no real surprise. What I didn’t know is that this calendar date was established by Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters.

Missing from my roundup is: Pet Appreciation Week.

To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall throughout the rest of the year.

With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in May.

National Specially-abled Pets Day: Celebrated annually on May 3rd, National Specially-abled Pets Day is a time for pet owners and animal lovers to celebrate to celebrate three-legged dogs, blind cats, and paralyzed guinea pigs. Because it can be difficult for shelters to find homes for pets with special needs, the day is also designed to encourage adoption of disabled animals. Says the founder of this national and internationally recognized day, Colleen Paige, “These pets are very able! Pets that become challenged due to disease, birth flaws, or injuries, tend to develop greater senses than your average pet. Most of the time it’s as if they never had to readjust to life…and we need to keep up with them!”

Ten Tips for Animal Disaster Preparedness: Every second Saturday in May is dedicated to educating pet owners about disaster preparedness for pets. Emergencies can come in all forms, from an unexpected brief absence to a long-term mandatory evacuation. Check out the above link for tips on how to be ready for any emergency.

National Turtle Day: National Turtle Day is not an occasion for dressing up like one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–although you certainly can if you want to. Instead, it’s a day meant to bring awareness to the struggles of real turtles. Because while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could hold their own in a fight, real turtles need our help. Started by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in 2000, World Turtle Day (which falls on May 23 this year) celebrates the world’s longest-living reptiles while calling attention to their declining numbers due to numerous threats.

National Heat Awareness Day: According to the The National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of human fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses. Heat also kills pets, especially those kept outdoors during the summer and those left locked inside hot cars. What can pet owners do to avoid their pets being included in this statistic?

Missing from my roundup are: Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Be Kind to Animals Week, and Dog Bite Prevention Week.

To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall throughout the rest of the year.

With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in April.

Every Day is Tag Day: The American Humane Society is credited with the introduction of Every Day is Tag Day. Why did it create this event? Because even though you may think your pet would never run away or otherwise get lost, the reality is that it can happen to any pet. And the best way to avoid the heartache of permanently losing a pet is to tag and/or microchip them.

National Pet Day: From the founder of Puppy Day comes National Pet Day. Started in 2005 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, April 11 celebrates the joy that pets bring to our lives. As with several of the pet calendar events featured, National Pet Day is also intended to “create public awareness about the plight of many different animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe”. The holiday isn’t just limited to dogs and cats, but also intended to include small animals, birds and reptiles, and farm animals. They all need our love!

Animal Control Appreciation Week: In recognition of Animal Control Appreciation Week, I recently sat down with Scott to talk with him about his job. Animal Control Appreciation Week falls in the second full week of April every year and is intended to recognize the individuals in Animal Care and Control who like other law enforcement agencies devote personal time and resources and even risk their lives in serving the public. Click on the links for Part One and Part Two of my interview; content has been edited for clarity.

Pet Owners Independence Day: From pets to owners, on April 18, roles are reversed! The idea is to switch roles with your pet, with your pet taking over all the household chores and even filling in for you at work, while you lie around the house and otherwise indulge yourself.

National Hairball Awareness Day: Like many pet holidays, National Hairball Awareness Day isn’t about a celebration but about bringing awareness to an issue. We can all do our cats a favor by educating ourselves on how to prevent hairballs and how to recognize when hairballs are a sign of a more serious health issue.

National Kids and Pets Day: April 26th is National Kids & Pets Day. Like several other pet events, it was created by Colleen Paige. The day is dedicated to creating awareness about safety between kids and pets. It’s also “dedicated to furthering the magical bond between kids and animals”.

A Day to Thank Your Vet: If you’ve never thanked your vet, consider doing so on World Veterinary Day. In 2000, the World Veterinary Association initiated this annual celebration on the last Saturday of April to bring attention to the ways our animal doctors help make the world a better place.

Missing from my roundup are: Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, Prevention of Lyme Disease Month, and Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.

To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall throughout the rest of the year.

calendar2017With almost 80 million households in the United States owning a pet as of 2015, it should come as no surprise that our calendar year is filled with holidays celebrating our animal companions. These holidays might be a little too obscure to grant anyone a day off from work, but they still might give ideas about how to have fun with or honor pets. Last year to help Lincoln Animal Ambassadors visitors keep track of those very special dates, I began posting information about them. Here are links to all of the events you might have missed in March.

Adopt A Guinea Pig Month: March is a time for spring, flowers, and guinea pigs! It’s also designated as “Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Celebration Month.” If you’ve done your research, bring your luck of the Irish to your local animal shelter and adopt a cute guinea pig. Remember, adopt don’t shop!

National Pig Day: Whether we grew up with piggy banks, eat bacon and ham, or have a pet pot-bellied pig for a pet, pigs are a part of our lives. On March 1, these snout-nosed creatures have their own day of honor.

National Pig Day started in 1972 by two sisters. Ellen Stanley was an art teacher in Texas and Mary Rave was from North Carolina. Rave said that the purpose of National Pig Day is to give “the pig it’s rightful, but generally unrecognized place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

K9 Vets Day: The idea of a K9 Veterans Day originated with a retired military working dog trainer named Joseph Wright who wanted recognition for dogs who serve in military, law enforcement, and other capacities. Why the date of March 13? Because this is the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps.

During World War I, the United States began to take notice of the how Europe employed dogs to carry messages, provide comfort to soldiers, etc. Well over a million dogs were being used for these purposes. Then on March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army began training its own dogs for a War Dog Program, which became known as “K-9 Corps.”

National Puppy Day: Just in time for National Puppy Day, I have a story to share with you from Big Dogs Huge Paws. Marshall is a five-month-old male black Great Dane whose family surrendered him to the Nebraska Humane Society after a car hit him. Naturally, his injuries were a priority, but the bigger concern was his lack of social skills. Marshall is representative of the thousands of orphaned puppies across the United States, which is the focus of National Puppy Day.

Cuddly Kitten Day: Just in time for Cuddly Kitten Day, I have a story to share with you about a cat rescue. Gravy is a long-haired tortoiseshell feral cat of unknown age with a missing paw, who found a home this past November thanks to the united efforts of caring pet owners. The concern was that with Gravy not having all her limbs, and cold weather having settled in, she wouldn’t survive winter.  Gravy is representative of the millions of homeless cats in communities across the United States which is the focus of Cuddly Kitten Day.

Respect Your Cat Day: Rounding out the pet holidays in March is Respect Your Cat Day. Its origins are unknown, although Legacy 9News from Colorado points out that March 28 is a historic day for our feline friends because allegedly, on that day in 1384, Richard II of England forbid the consumption of cats. While I couldn’t find anything to substantiate the claim, I did find records suggesting that cats used to be eaten in various European countries during hard times. Regardless of whether the date has any relevant historical significance, Respect Your Cat Day is a great way for cat owners to end the month.

To read more, check out Pet Calendar Dates. There you’ll find details not only about the above, but about pet-related dates that fall throughout the rest of the year.

 


Allisons' Book Bag Logo

Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

Categories

Archives

Cat Writers’ Association
Artists Helping Animals

IAABC

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 313 other followers