National Mutt Day was created in 2005 and is celebrated on December 2nd. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs. The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized is due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals.
Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs. But perhaps the best reason to adopt a mutt is this—you get to save the life of a worthy and wonderful dog and take a stand against ruthless breeders.
If you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer or visit a shelter. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in!
Did you know 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime?
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. It may surprise you to know that cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of pets. Though pets of any age can develop the disease, it is generally more common in older animals. Also, certain breeds of dogs and cats have a higher incidence of some types of cancers.
Contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat displays any of these signs. Remember, early detection is critical in the fight against pet cancer!
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow.
- Sores that do not heal.
- Weight loss.
- Loss of appetite.
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening.
- Offensive odor.
- Difficulty eating or swallowing.
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina.
- Persistent lameness or stiffness.
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating.
National Walk Your Dog Week is here, making it the perfect time to get your pup’s paws moving! The first week of October is beautiful across the U.S. where the air is crisp and the leaves have begun to change color!
National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 40% of dogs…a total of about 17 million in the United States, are overweight. Just walking your dog just 30 minutes a day, meets the national recommendations for heart health!
Not only will walking your pooch keep both of you physically fit, but it also wards off high cholesterol and high blood pressure. At the end of the walk, you and your pooch will feel more relaxed, refreshed and have more confidence! Walking with your furry friend each day strengthens your bond, leading to a strong, trusting relationship.
Walking your furry best friend each day gives your pup a chance to meet new friends. Your pooch will become familiar with all the sights and sounds of the neighborhood by meeting people, dogs and other creatures. Switch up your walking route every once in a while so your pooch can have different encounters leading to less nervousness in the future. Walking daily with your pup is a great way to help them relax, bark less, and reduce anxiety.
There must be a reason why your pup starts jumping in circles, wagging her tail and howling for joy every time you grab the leash! Although it may not be scientifically proven, it seems to us that dogs LOVE going on walks.
Each year on the second Sunday in September, people join together in observing National Pet Memorial Day. On this day, pet owners honor their pets, both past and present and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives.
The death of a pet or an animal to which one has become emotionally bonded can be an intense loss, comparable with the death of a human loved one. This day gives us an opportunity to bring closure to the departure of our beloved pets.
Ways to commemorate National Pet Memorial Day:
- Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet
- If you buried your pet somewhere, go for a visit
- Contribute to an animal protection group
- Volunteer at an animal protection group
- Create a small memorial in a flower garden in your yard
- Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial