Not Your Average Holidays, But Pet Holidays, in 2021
Your pet brings you so much joy and happiness. Of course, these benefits are a two-way street with them getting just as much from you as well.
Below are a few holidays throughout 2021 that can provide inspiration for you to celebrate, create memories, and just have a good time together.
- January 14 - National Dress Up Your Pet Day. January 14th marks National Dress Up Your Pet Day. One idea is to look for matching outfits for you and your pet which creates a really fun experience.
Not all pets like to be dressed up though. If yours isn't into playing dress up, perhaps you could play with your pet with some of their new holiday toys instead.
- January 21 - Squirrel Appreciation Day. Squirrel Appreciation Day is on January 21 this year. Unless you are a wildlife rehabilitator though, chances are you don't have a pet squirrel.
Instead, use this event to show off your pets appreciation for them. Fix your dog some homemade squirrel shaped cookies, for example, or give your cat some extra time squirrel viewing time out on the catio.
- February 3 - Doggy Date Night. The actual day of Doggy Date Night changes every year with the date falling on February 3 in 2021. There are many ways that you can celebrate this annual event this year. Making sure you take your cues from your doggy date, you could treat them to a romp in the park before heading to a local restaurant for some outdoor dining. Alternatively, you could plan a spa day with lots of grooming, cuddling, and special gourmet treats.
- February 20th - National Love Your Pet Day. National Love Your Pet Day is on February 20th. Use this special day to spend some quality, one-on-one time with your pet. Be sure to take lots of pictures so you and your pet can look back on the good times you've shared.
- March 1 - National Pig Day. Make sure to show your favorite pig some extra love on March first. Why? Because it's National Pig Day!
Don't have a pig? That's ok! There are plenty of ways to show some love to the pigs. Did you know that there are pig sanctuaries and they are always grateful for donations? We have Ironwood Pig Sanctuary that is just normal of Tucson. They are home to over 600 pigs! Go to their website www.ironwoodpigs.org to learn how you can help.
- March 23 - National Puppy Day. March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Take your puppy out for a walk to a new place today. If your "puppy" is grown now, consider making a donation in their name to a charity that helps dogs to celebrate the day.
- April 2 - National Ferret Day. Attention ferret owners! April 2nd is a day devoted to ferret with the celebration of National Ferret Day. (We just love those sneaky guys!)
- April 23 - National Lost Dogs Awareness Day. April 23rd is National Lost Dogs Awareness Day. Take the time to appreciate your dog -- and other pets -- that day. It's also a great time to make sure your pets tags and micro-chips are up-to-date incase they find themselves lost.
- May 1 - National Loyalty Day. May is the perfect month to really celebrate your dog. National Loyalty Day is celebrated on May 1st every year. Who is more loyal than your dog?
Known for their loyalty and devotion to those they love, it's the perfect time to demonstrate the feelings you have for your canine with special treats and attention.
- May 20th - National Rescue Dog Day. On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day is celebrated. Whether your dog is a genuine rescue dog or not, it's the ideal day to spend a little extra time on letting your pooch know just how much you love and appreciate them.
If you are local to Southern Arizona and find yourself inspired to rescue a dog, we recommend speaking to someone at Pima Animal Care Center (520-724-5900) or The Animal League of Green Valley (520-625-3170) for assistance in finding your newest addition.
- June 4 - National Hug Your Cat Day. On June 4th, celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day. Even if your cat isn't usually the demonstrative type, they'll probably appreciate some special kitty treats or catnip.
- June 25th - Take Your Dog to Work Day. To many people, their pets are part of the family so embracing Take Your Dog to Work Day feels only natural. Each year, it's celebrated on the Friday after Father's Day. For 2021, that's June 25th.
- July 3 - Hop-a-Park Day. Get into the holiday spirit by celebrating Hop-a-Park Day which occurs on the first Saturday in July. For 2021, that happens to be on July 3rd. It's a good day to take your dog park hopping to see if you can find any hidden gems in your area.
Just make sure that you are choosing state parks and trails that are dog friendly. (And, try to avoid the dog parks all-together.)
- July 10th - National Kitten Day. July 10th is National Kitten Day. Even if your cat is no longer a kitten, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate! Buy some fresh catnip, clear out a new spot in the sunshine, and prepare to make memories with your kitty today.
- August 8 - National Happiness Happens Day. August is the happiest month all year because that's when National Happiness Happens Day is celebrated. On August 8th, be sure to embrace every cute or funny thing your pet does that brings a smile to your face.
- September 23 - Dogs in Politics Day. September 23rd is recognized as Dogs in Politics Day. It celebrates the canines who have lived in the White House. And, no matter your political affiliations, who doesn't love a cute dog?
From the Obama family's Portuguese water dogs, Bo and Sunny, to President Johnson's stray, Yuki, that was found at a Texas gas station - we think all of the past dogs who graced the White House are worthy of swoon. Visit the White House Historical Association website to learn more about all of the Top Dogs in the White House.
- October 1 - National Black Dog Day. Did you know that black dogs are often left at the shelter for much longer than dogs of a different color? It's true! They are less likely to be adopted and left to sit in the shelter longer; therefore, we take a day to recognize there is a stigma against black dogs. And to let you know... they are good boys and girls too! Go find yourself one to love on.
Even though its called National Black Dog Day, you can still celebrate with your pet on October 1st -- even if your dog isn't black or you have a cat. Take advantage of the day by snuggling with your pet.
- November 20 - National Child's Day. National Child's Day is celebrated on November 20th. We know that you think of your pets as your children so show them some extra love today. (Plus our pets don't talk back to us, like the children tend to do.)
- December 2 - National Mutt Day. December 2nd is recognized as National Mutt Day. (There are technically two National Mutt Days, the other was on July 2nd.) This day reminds us to embrace our mixed bred dogs. Just because we may not know their lineage doesn't mean that they aren't easily trained or just as cute as that purebred.
Spending quality time with your pet is important in a number of ways. Doing so helps you get to know your pet better, deepens the bond between the two of you, reduces stress, and much more.