It’s National Dog Week!

National Dog Week Honors

Canines for 88 Years!

They wait patiently for their walk. They love nothing better than curling up beside us. If there’s a noise outside the house, they are on top of it. And no one, no one loves you unconditionally like your dog.

Many dog owners celebrate National Dog Week the fourth week of September to recognize the dogs in our lives and to promote better dog care.  This year’s date is the last full week in September 9/18/16-9/24/16.

National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Will Judy, publisher of Dog World Magazine. Today it is the oldest all-breed dog magazine in the country. Judy’s mission was to educate dog owners about caring for their dogs responsibly. He was a founder of the Dog Writers Association of America.

Later, the designated week was sponsored by the Dog Owner’s League of America and the National Dog Week Association.

The group lobbied legislators during the 1940s to obtain stronger animal rights laws and more humane regulations.

Their goals were that every dog would have a home, no stray dogs would roam the street, dog owners would be better educated, fair laws for dogs and dog owners, and respect for the rights of non-dog owners.

National Dog Week can inspire you to plan some outings you both would enjoy, not to mention some treats!

• Spread the word of what your dog means to you. Tell an inspiring story about your dog or share an anecdote through email or social media.

• Give your dog the spa treatment. Buy some special, great-smelling shampoo. While bathing him check for ticks or unusual lumps. To avoid the mess, consider taking him to a facility that offers do-it-yourself dog-washing.

• Take your pup to the dog park to mix and mingle. Dogs are social creatures and enjoy playing with others. Most parks have a separate space for large dogs and small dogs.

• Make a donation to the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

• Donate dog food to local food pantries. Many people getting food there also have pets.

• Adopt a new dog from the shelter. If you can’t adopt, make a cash donation, food or even drop off old towels and sheets.