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World Pet Memorial Day!
From the moment we first say hello to the dog or cat we welcome into our heart and home we know that the day will come when we will have to say goodbye. Although the pain that comes with parting is the price we must pay for days spent in the company of a cherished companion, we are left with a wealth of treasured memories that we made with our furry friend.

Held each second Sunday in June, World Pet Memorial Day is a time to both look back with love on the pets in our past and help efforts to build a better future for our barking buddies and purring pals who are at risk of never knowing the joy of a pet/parent bond. In honor of a late dog or cat, animal lovers can give the gift of their time at a local shelter, make a monetary donation to a paws cause, contribute blankets, toys or much-needed supplies to a shelter or rescue organization, and– if the time is right, say hello to a new pal with paws.

Reference
Sydney, Grace. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/06/world-pet-memorial-day.html
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Hug Your Cat Day!
As friends of felines we have collectively embraced the idea of pet holidays in recent years, and today our calendars are filled with dates which range from observances of such solemn subjects as the promotion of pet adoption and spay/neuter awareness to celebrations of the offbeat, like Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day and If Pets Had Thumbs Day.

On June 4th we will show our dogged devotion for National Hug Your Cat Day by squeezing in a little extra time during our busy schedules to throw our mittens around our kittens and show them how much we care. An opportunity to fortify our friendship with our feline fur baby, the holiday is as beneficial to our kitty companions– who feel a sense of security and comfort enfolded in the arms of a forever family member– as it is to us, as stress levels lower while our spirits begin to rise.

Reference
Sydney, Grace. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cattipper.com/news/2015/hug-your-cat-day-june-4th.html
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Preparing for a Natural Disaster | National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May is a month of renewal in nature…a time for budding flowers to blossom and the next generation of wildlife to take their first tentative steps out into the world. Along with the beauty, however, the season also brings destruction, with tornadoes, flooding and other severe weather events reminding us of the fragility of our surroundings and our security in it. Helping pet parents devise a plan to protect four-legged family members in times of crisis, FEMA has declared May 13, 2017 National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day.

Creating a Pet Emergency Kit

To defend your dog or cat against a natural disaster, FEMA advises an evacuation plan and a Pet Emergency Go-Kit complete with:

•First aid items
•A three-day supply of water and food
•Pet care supplies, such as food and water bowls, waste bags and a leash and collar
•Any required medication and a copy of your pet’s medical records
•Important contact information
•Comfort items to calm the frayed nerves of your canine or cat companion, like their favorite toy or a blanket


Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe in a Natural Disaster

Other recommended steps to keep your pet safe in the event of a natural disaster include:
•Get your dog and/or cat microchipped and make sure they wear a collar ID tag.
•Remember to keep all contact information on the ID tag up to date.
•Alert first responders to the fact that there are pets in your home by displaying a pet rescue decal where it can be easily spotted, such as on the front door or window. Include your veterinarian’s contact information on the decal.
•Where do your pals with paws hide when they are frightened? Finding the spot where they feel safe when scared will help you locate your pet quickly if an emergency arises and you need to quickly evacuate.
•As some disaster shelters may not accept pets, designate a place to keep your dog or cat in case of evacuation. If relatives or friends cannot accommodate your pet, look for hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies.
•Keep a photo of your four-legged friend with you at all times in case you are separated during a natural disaster.
•Have a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping on hand.
Reference
Sydney, Grace. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.dogtipper.com/tip/2017/05/preparing-for-a-natural-disaster-national-animal-disaster-preparedness-day.html
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Be Kind to Animals Week Turns 100
Celebrating 100 years of helping dogs, cats and other animals in need, the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history is taking place from May 3 – 9, 2015.

To mark the American Humane Association’s centennial salute to compassionate education, a year-long “Kindness 100” campaign has been launched complete with a national media tour, instructional roadshow to schools with a traveling museum aboard a fleet of Red Star Rescue trucks which save animals in disasters, and a www.Kindness100.org website, which includes:
•a peek into Be Kind to Animal Week’s past
•information to help instill in the next generation the need to care for all creatures great and small
•official downloadable proclamations for local, state and federal officials
•a Kindness 100 pledge

Striving for 1 million signatures, the Kindness 100 pledge is an oath to:

•purchase humanely raised products in an effort to ensure the welfare of 10 billion farm animals.
•look for the American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” credit at the end of films of television programs, which signifies the safety of the 100,000 animal actors in the entertainment industry.
•always choose the option of pet adoption when welcoming a new furry member into your heart and home to help lower the sad statistic of 6-8 million companion animals who find themselves in the U.S. shelter system each year.

By taking part in the campaign, not only will dog devotees become Honorary Chairs of Be Kind to Animals Week, they will also be following in the footsteps of the many animal-loving luminaries who have made Be Kind to Animals Week such a success over the years, including:
•Milton Berle
•Bruce Boxleitner (star of Tron, Babylon 5)
•Carole Burnett
•Casper the Friendly Ghost
•U.S. President Bill Clinton
•Norm Crosby
•Doris Day
•Dennis the Menace
•Richard Dreyfuss
•Patty Duke
•Clint Eastwood
•Lorne Greene (star of the television series Bonanza and Battlestar Galactica)
•Dan Haggerty (star of the 1970s TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams)
•Tom T. Hall (country music singer/songwriter)
•U.S. President Warren G. Harding
•Shirley Jones (Academy Award winner, star of the 1970s TV series The Partridge Family)
•Jerry Mathers (star of the 1960s television series Leave It to Beaver)
•Jay North (star of the 1960s TV series Dennis the Menace)
•Minnie Pearl (country comedienne)
•Porky Pig
•Jon Provost (star of the TV series Lassie)
•Romper Room children’s TV series
•Eleanor Roosevelt
•Shirley Temple
•Tom from the classic animated cartoon shorts Tom and Jerry
•Joan Van Ark (star of the 1980s television series Knot’s Landing)
•Robert Wagner
•John Wayne
•Betty White
Be Kind to Animals
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National Specially-Abled Pets Day
Cats and dogs who have turned their physical challenges into personal triumphs are celebrated each year on May 3rd, which has been deemed National Specially-Abled Pets Day.

Established in 2006 by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, the pet holiday– which was previously known as National Disabled Pets Day– shines a spotlight on animals who seem instinctively to realize that a good ‘cat’titude can help you conquer any obstacle.

To mark National Specially-Abled Pets Day, here are just a few of the few famous felines who have turned what some perceive to be limitations into inspirational lives of unlimited possibilities:

•Bagel (aka Sunglass Cat)– Born without eyelids, this former shelter cat may have had to endure three surgeries, but now her future is so bright she’s got to wear shades!
•Lil BUB– A perma-kitten who has found a permanent place in the hearts of her fans, by celebrating her differences the cosmic kitty and her ‘Dude’ Mike Bridavsky have raised more than $300,000 for companion animals in need.
•Grumpy Cat– Diagnosed with feline dwarfism, this cuddly curmudgeon has become one of the biggest stars in feline fandom.
•Oskar the Blind Cat– He may not have his sense of sight, but this charming tabby has a vision of a better tomorrow for animals in need. Along with his four-pawed pal Klaus, Oskar helps to promote the option of pet adoption and raise funds for animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Reference
Sydney, Grace. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.cattipper.com/news/2016/national-specially-abled-pets-day.html
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National Purebred Dog Day
Approximately half of all dogs in the United States are purebred dogs whose breeds were developed to work alongside man as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Conservation Dogs, military dogs, trackers, hunting dogs and herders – and always, to be companions, helpers, and the heartbeat of a family and home.

While every dog should be valued whatever its ancestry, National Purebred Dog Day recognizes the 300+ distinct dog breeds and varieties recognized worldwide, each breed a “bit of history with a pulse,” each the legacy of the culture that created it for a reason. Some of our breeds are in danger of extinction, such as the Skye Terrier which is outnumbered globally by Panda Bears.

From Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, to Uggie and Air Bud, from Marmaduke and Fred Basset, to Snoopy and Presidential pets, Bo, Barney, Fala and Laddie, purebred dogs have had a place in American history and culture.


Colorado Recognizes National Purebred Dog Day

On March 10, 2015, Colorado became the first state in America to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day. State legislators voted on a joint resolution introduced by Rep. Polly Lawrence to mark a day that celebrates the diversity, heritage, predictability and contributions of the purebred dog. National Purebred Dog Day has the endorsement of the American Kennel Club (AKC).

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https://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/04/may-1-marks-national-purebred-dog-day.html
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National Kids and Pets Day
A day dedicated to the friendships we form with the first four-legged friends whose paw prints forever left their impression on our heart, National Kids and Pets Day is both a time to “go walkies” down memory lane as we remember the canine or cat companions of our own childhood as well as an opportunity to:
•instill in the next generation a passion for compassion toward all of our furry, finned and fine-feathered friends.
•teach children responsibility through care of a pet, and safety precautions when handling an animal.
•spread the word about the option of pet adoption so dogs and cats in need of forever homes can find a friend in a boy or girl.

Celebrated each year on April 26th, National Kids and Pets Day was founded in 2005 by Celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige, the creator of such pet holidays as Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Specially-Abled Pets Day, National Pets in Film Day and National Cat Day.

Reference
Sydney, Grace. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cattipper.com/news/2015/national-kids-and-pets-day.html
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Take Your Dog to Work Day!
Whether they act as Official Fetcher of Frisbees and tennis balls or hold down the position of Family Couch Potato, our barking buddies work like dogs at home, but for one day each year our four-legged friends can find out what it’s really like to bring home the bacon during Take Your Dog to Work Day, when ‘nine to five’ becomes ‘K-9 to five.’

Founded by Pet Sitters International (PSI), since its start in 1999 Rovers have been invited to join the rat race on the Friday following Father’s Day during an annual event which not only brings a sense of play to the work day for pet parents, but also promotes the option of pet adoption by shining a spotlight on the joy that having a pal with paws brings to a person’s life.

For those who want to employ tips for incorporating a pal with paws into the work place for the day, PSI offers a free downloadable action pack filled with advice for convincing the company’s ‘top dog’ that there are benefits to having Bowser at a place of business, and instructions for planning productive Take Your Dog to Work celebrations, such as holding a fundraiser for an area shelter or rescue organization, or conducting a Pet Fair complete with talks from local pet professionals.
Reference
Sydney, G. 92015). Retrieved from http://www.dogtipper.com/blog/2015/06/take-your-dog-to-work-day.html
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Take Your Cat to Work Day!
Cats have long held the position of household supurrvisor, working like a dog to ensure that their human doesn’t heedlessly place objects on countertops or shelves by jumping up to clear the clutter with a swipe of a paw, and by making sure that their morning meows act as an alarm clock to alert pet parents to the fact that it’s time to wake up and feed their feline friend.

Now ambitious kitties who dream of climbing the corporate ladder can embark on a career outside the home, moving from bedrooms and living rooms to conference rooms– at least, temporarily– thanks to Petplan pet insurance’s launch of Take Your Cat to Work Day.

Taking place 24 hours prior to Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day, on June 25th our purring pals can get their mitts on a computer mouse, hang out at the water cooler to learn the latest buzz, secure documents by sitting on paperwork, or simply take a power cat nap, with their pet parent by their side.


Employees of Petplan pet insurance, which offers workers a pet-friendly atmosphere, suggest employing the following tips to make Take Your Cat to Work Day fun for felines:
•Cats should come dressed for both success and safety by wearing a collar, ID tag and perhaps a bell in order to let your co-workers know when the boss cat is coming.
•Let your cat enjoy the comforts of home at the office by bringing a few of your kitty’s favorite toys or a bed, and don’t neglect the essentials– bowls for food and water, something for your cat to nom on, and a litter box.
•Just as you would kid-proof a home for the arrival of a child, kit-proof your office space by checking to see that all electrical cords are secured safely out of the reach of curious cats.

“Cats bring something special to the workday,” states Natasha Ashton, Petplan co-founder and co-CEO. “Dogs may get tons of attention for their clowning enthusiasm, but our feline friends both soothe and charm. We have found that cats contribute every bit as much to a happy and productive workplace as their canine counterparts. It is our hope that companies who allow dogs in the office will open their doors to cats, too. Take Your Cat to Work Day is the perfect opportunity for workplaces to include all pet parents in the fun.”
Reference
Sydney, G. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cattipper.com/news/2015/take-your-cat-to-work-day.html
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Hug Your Cat Day!
As friends of felines we have collectively embraced the idea of pet holidays in recent years, and today our calendars are filled with dates which range from observances of such solemn subjects as the promotion of pet adoption and spay/neuter awareness to celebrations of the offbeat, like Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day and If Pets Had Thumbs Day.

On June 4th we will show our dogged devotion for National Hug Your Cat Day by squeezing in a little extra time during our busy schedules to throw our mittens around our kittens and show them how much we care. An opportunity to fortify our friendship with our feline fur baby, the holiday is as beneficial to our kitty companions– who feel a sense of security and comfort enfolded in the arms of a forever family member– as it is to us, as stress levels lower while our spirits begin to rise.
Reference
Sydney, G. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cattipper.com/news/2015/hug-your-cat-day-june-4th.html
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