National Dog Week takes place annually over the last full week of September, from September 19th through September 26th. The week-long celebration of man’s best friend focuses on educating dog owners and the public, raising awareness about dog care, and helping lost, homeless, or abused dogs find homes that are in shelters.
History of National Dog Week
National Dog Week was started by World War I veteran and canine advocate Captain William Lewis Judy in 1928. National Dog Week aims to educate pet owners and community members about the responsibilities of dog ownership at a time when dogs were primarily housed on chains in backyards. 😞
Upon returning from the war, William Judy acquired Dog World Magazine, which remains the oldest all-breed dog magazine in the country today. He continued to publish the magazine for more than 40 years.
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. He believed a week-long celebration in dogs’ honor was the least we could do to recognize our canine companions’ service and steadfast loyalty.
National Dog Week - it’s more than just about a week; it’s a MINDSET.
How to Celebrate “THEM” this week
There are so many ways to celebrate National Dog week.
If you have a dog, here are some options:
- Take an extra 10 minutes out of your day to play with your dog.
- Spend a few additional minutes on a walk with your pup.
- Has it been a while since you took pics of your pup? Why not make some new ones? Or hire a pet photographer to do a photoshoot of your dog.
- Consider adding to your family. Dogs are social creatures – this means they usually do better with other dogs, mainly if they are often home alone. If you have the ability, think about adopting another shelter pup.
- Go for a car ride with your pup.
- Visit the local dog park and let them play with others.
If you don’t have a dog but still love them:
- Consider adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organization if you can! If you are not in a position to adopt, spend some time at your local shelter.
- Donate items to a local shelter: shelters rely on volunteers and donations.
- Spend a few hours volunteering at a local shelter.
- Offer to walk shelter dogs – they could use companionship and love.
Take the time this week to celebrate, love, and cherish your furry 4-legged friends! Do something special, make sure they are caught up on their vaccinations, and give them lots of love!