National Puppy Day is March 23, which gives us just one more reason to celebrate the joy and laughter our pups bring to our lives. In the spirit of celebration, we thought we’d give you the top 5 ways to spend this special day.
Volunteer at your local dog shelter
Spring is puppy season, which means many shelters and rescue organizations will have their hands full this month. Most organizations could really use a helping hand with dog walking, feeding, and cage cleaning during these busy spring months. No time to help with chores? Donations like toys and treats go a long way, and many shelters event accept used bedding and pillows for DIY dog beds.
Be an advocate
Writing your local representative is a great way to help animals in need from the comfort of your home. You can easily find your local Congressman/woman by entering your zip code. Simply click on their contact information and ask that he/she take a stand on an animal rights issue close to your heart, like banning puppy mills, lifting breed restrictions, or allocating more land for public dog parks.
Get your pup a little something special
Admit it: we all love presents. But as much as we love to receive, it’s even more fun to give. Show your pet you’re thinking of them with a snazzy new scarf, or nourish their tootsies with some paw cream. They’ll feel the love, and you’ll have the most stylish mutt on the block.
Whip something up in the kitchen
Haven’t you heard the quickest way to a dog’s heart is through his stomach? Whether your pup has a penchant for peanut butter or a craving for coconut, these homemade dog biscuits are sure to whet their whistle.
Sign up for puppy training classes
Giving your dog some basic rules and routines from an early age can ease the stress of puppyhood for both you and your pet. Research local training facilities in your area, or find a one-on-one trainer to target your puppy’s specific needs. Not only can you teach your dog some new tricks, but training classes help socialize your puppy so they’re ready to hit the big dog park!
How do you plan on celebrating National Puppy Day? Tell us in the comments!
About the Author: Brittany Kerfoot is a writer/editor living in Washington, D.C. She and her husband are pet parents to two goofy pit bull mixes and four rescue cats. You can find more of Brittany's work on her website at www.brittanykerfoot.com.