Puppies are one of the most universal symbols for positivity, cheer, and general happiness. Because of this, it’s only fitting that they get their own day to be celebrated! Established in 2006 by Colleen Paige, March 23rd is now known as National Puppy Day. The intent behind the creation of this day was to raise awareness for abandoned and often mistreated shelter dogs and to encourage people to adopt rather than to go to breeders for purebred puppies. While it is ok to go to breeders if you are looking for a puppy, it is important to do your research on the breeder and the type of dog you are looking for beforehand to ensure that you will be able to care for all of its needs. If you choose to buy from a breeder, consider the fact that there are approximately 8,000-10,000 puppy mills in the United States that treat these animals as a commodity to be sold rather than an animal in need of nurture and care – endless amounts of puppies are in need of love and attention. Responsible breeders should have a limited number of litters per year, no more than they can take care of. Obvious warning signs of mistreatment include unhealthy kennel conditions, skinny or limping puppies, puppies with weepy eyes and overall lethargy, or animals that show no interest in interacting with people.
When was the first National Puppy day?
Established in 2006 by Colleen Paige, March 23rd is now known as National Puppy Day. The intent behind the creation of this day was to raise awareness for abandoned and often mistreated shelter dogs and to encourage people to adopt rather than to go to breeders for purebred puppies.
History of Puppy Day
Founder, Colleen Paige’s mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. It’s also an excellent opportunity to show off your dog’s supermodel side and give them some extra cuddles for all the joy they bring. So sit back and indulge in the endless stream of adorable puppy photos, but keep in mind that today might be the best excuse to bring home your own fluffy canine as your next best friend!
Colleen Paige first brought adoption awareness to a national level with National Dog Day in 2004, which was later adopted by the New York State Legislature in 2013. This day is celebrated on August 26 and is the day Colleen adopted her first dog, “Sheltie” when she was 10 years old. Since then, Colleen has inspired millions with her compassion and has brought worldwide attention to animals in need. She has shone a light on dogs putting their lives on the line every day for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom, and for our safety.
National Puppy Day and National Dog Day are now great opportunities to adopt a dog because shelters typically have the highest intake of dogs around summertime. With 30 to 40 animals entering the shelter daily, we need public support to help save lives, and these national holidays do just that — by encouraging and reminding people to adopt, donate, and love their animals more every year.
Fun Things to do National Puppy day
Get your puppy a new toy
What better fun for your dog than to go toy shopping. Besides, let’s face it, half the fun is for us humans. Go to your favorite pet store or try a new one that just opened up. They’ll have rows of fun toys that your puppies will enjoy for, well, weeks to come. Then you’ll be back to get more toys.
Be A Foster Mom or Dad
If you can’t adopt a puppy right now, but can open your home to a pet in need temporarily, fostering is a good option. It’s not only rewarding, but it helps shelters free up space for other dogs. Fostering allows you to get some fun one-on-one time with puppies while teaching them socialization, potty training, and basic commands. A puppy that’s mastered these basic skills is more likely to be adopted. Contact your local shelter about how to get started fostering.
Try out a new place
Taking your dog to a park is a routine activity for most pets and pet parents. It can, however, feel just that: a routine. Try going to another park, even if it’s a little drive away. It doesn’t have to be an everyday thing, but the occasional change of scenery could be a great way to shake things up. Trust us, your pup will love it.There’s nothing better than sand, sun, and surf. Unless, of course, if you bring your puppy along. Puppies make the beach so much more fun. They’ll have a blast too, though watch out for the big waves. There’s also the good kind of attention puppies get from fit people in bathing suits. A win-win? Perhaps.
Give your puppy good food
At the end of the day, dogs love good food. On this special day, why not give them something nutritious and great tasting. Do we have a recommendation? Do we indeed. How about giving your pup a new formula of Zignature Food for Dogs? It’s great tasting food as well as an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. Talk about a great way to cap National Puppy Day.
In the end, National Puppy Day is a celebration of our canine companions. They matter so much in our lives that it’s only right that they get a special day set aside just for them. So why not spend a day with them doing something special and out of the ordinary. Your puppy will love the new adventure, and you’ll have a great time bonding with your furry friend. Now, if we could only make every day a National Puppy Day!
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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.