National Puppy Day – March 23rd
A Celebration of National Puppy Day
“Being this cute must be so freaking ruff.” – Unknown
What is National Puppy Day?
National Puppy Day is a day set aside every year on March 23rd to celebrate the unreserved love, attention and affection that puppies (and dogs in general), contribute to our wellbeing. It also helps to make us cognizant of homeless, abandoned and cruelly treated puppies. Yes, it is hard to imagine that anyone would abandon or ill-treat puppies. For most of us, their very nature makes us melt with adoration and for just a little while we can forget about the troubles in our world.
The History of National Puppy Day
National Puppy Day was created in 2006 by Colleen Paige a leading Pet and Family Lifestyle expert as well as an animal behaviorist, writer, author and photographer. National Puppy Day is one of several pet holidays created by Colleen Paige to help save the lives of unwanted dogs.
The Importance of National Puppy Day
One key focal point of National Puppy Day is to support Puppy Adoption as opposed to purchasing a puppy. Why? Because there are so many waiting alone for homes in shelters.
The City of Calgary has some pertinent information on adopting a dog.
National Puppy Day also gives attention to the aversion of puppy mills. According to SPA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Canada), there are “between 1500 and 1800" puppy mills in Quebec alone. They offer advice on what you can do if you are concerned about puppy mills.
How to celebrate National Puppy Day?
On a lighter note, below are some ways to celebrate National Puppy Day.
- Adopt a Puppy – If you have given it serious consideration, why not adopt? The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) has an ongoing list of adoptable dogs.
- Post a Picture of your Puppy on Social Media – Whether you own a puppy or not, many of us have pictures of puppies that can be posted to social media. Use the hashtag: #nationalpuppyday to bring awareness to this special dog day.
- Give your Puppy some TLC – Of course, if you have a dog, today would be a good day to give your loved-one some extra special attention; whether its with a walk or a treat or time playing in the park.
- Treat your Puppy to a Doggy Daycare – If you are busy, how about giving your dog the attention it needs or deserves by sending it to a Dog Daycare. One of our favorite dog daycares is Airdrie Puppy Pals.
- Volunteer at a Shelter – Have you thought about volunteering at a shelter?
- Consider donating to a humane society – Lastly if you neither have a dog or the time, consider donating to a dog welfare organization.
Caring for you New Puppy
Dang Good Carpet and Furnace Cleaning does not profess to be any kind of expert when it comes to the care of a new puppy. However, we can point you to some useful links.
In Calgary, there is a Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw which covers 5 aspects of pet ownership. They are:
- Licensing and Identification
- Spaying and Neutering,
- Training, Care and Socialization
- Avoidance of threat or nuisance in the community
- Obtaining your pet from a reputable and ethical source.
Consider the Commitment needed for a Puppy
We would also suggest that you consider the following before making a commitment to a new puppy:
- Puppies grow into Dogs. Some of the cuteness can wear off.
- Dogs can be hard work.
- Is everyone in the household committed to your fur-ever friend?
- Yes, we say fur-ever. They are a (dog-life) commitment. They can live up to at least 13 years.
- Do your lifestyles suit owning a dog?
- Are household members old enough to know how to treat a puppy?
- Are you prepared to exercise and play with your dog everyday?
- Is your home prepared for a dog? Your upholstery and Carpets will almost certainly bear the burden.
- Can you afford it? Food and Vet Bills can get expensive.
- Have you given thought to how you are going to train your puppy?
Other Pet Days
- National Pet Day
- National Dog Day
- National Cat Day
The downside to having a Puppy
Puppies are so cute and lovable, yet they do not come without a few hazards to our carpets and upholstery on occasion.
Please keep Dang Good Carpet Cleaning in mind when you are potty-training your new puppy. They can take several months to be house trained. That can really take a toll on your carpets and furniture. We can black light your carpet to show you just where your fur-ball has left their mark and we can use products to sanitize and deodorize the carpet too.
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