Spot’s Corner: Holidays, special occasions for your pet

Our nation will celebrate Labor Day this Monday. The long weekend is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States and is also a time when we start to contemplate the upcoming holidays.

Holidays are something many people look forward to. We often wait and anticipate the wishes and good tidings they will bring. Coupled with special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even Secretary’s Day, these dates mark milestones and moments in our lives.

Pets are members of our families, our children, best friends and important companions. Pets give unconditional love — the only love they know to give. Our lives are richer because of the bond we share with them.

Pet-themed holidays, special events, and awareness months also populate celebratory calendars. An article on by Anna Mazereeuw from Oct. 24, 2016, calls attention to quite a large lineup of pet holidays, based on numerous lists put together by organizations like the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Here are many notable highlights from the list, giving pet parents plenty of opportunities to focus on their furry family members.

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6: National Cuddle Up Day

14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day; National Seeing Eye Dog Day

29: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

Awareness: Walk Your Dog Month; National Train Your Dog Month; Adopt a Rescued Bird Month


14: Pet Theft Awareness Day

17: World Cat Day; Random Acts of Kindness Day

20: Love Your Pet Day

23: National Dog Biscuit Day; Cuddly Kitten Day

Awareness: Pet Dental Health Month; Dog Training Education Month; National Cat Health Month; Responsible Pet Owners Month; Spay/Neuter Awareness Month; Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month


First full week: Professional Pet Sitters Week

1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day; International Ear Care Day

13: K-9 Veterans Day

23: National Puppy Day

Awareness: Poison Prevention Awareness Month; Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month


First full week: International Pooper Scooper Week

Second full week: National Animal Control Appreciation Week

11: National Pet Day, Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

19: Pet Owners Day

21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day

26: Hairball Awareness Day

30: National Tabby Day; National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Last Wednesday: International Guide Dog Day

Last Saturday: World Veterinary Day

Awareness: National Heartworm Awareness Month; National Greyhound Adoption Month; Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month; Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month; National Pet Month; Pet ID Month


First Sunday: Mayday for Mutts

8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day

30: International Hug Your Cat Day

Awareness: National Chip Your Pet Month; Pet Cancer Awareness Month; National Pet Month; Lyme Disease Prevention Month; National Service Dog Eye Examination Month


Second Sunday: World Pet Memorial Day

8: National Best Friends Day

19: National Garfield Day

20: Ugliest Dog Day

21: National Dog Party Day, International Day of Yoga

Awareness: Adopt-a-Cat Month; National Pet Preparedness Month; Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat-Month


11: All-American Pet Photo Day

15: National Pet Fire Safety Day

30: International Day of Friendship

31: National Mutt Day

Awareness: National Lost Pet Prevention Month; Beat the Heat Month


Third Saturday: International Homeless Animals Day

Last week: Pet Fashion Week

1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

10: Spoil Your Dog Day; National Lazy Day

15: National Check the Chip Day

17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

26: National Dog Day

28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Awareness: National Immunization Awareness Month


Third Saturday: Puppy Mill Awareness Day; Responsible Dog Ownership Day

19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

28: World Rabies Day

Awareness: AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month; Happy Healthy Cat Month; National Guide Dogs Month; National Pet Memorial Month; National Pet Insurance Month


First Friday: World Smile Day

Second Wednesday: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Third full week: National Veterinary Technician Week

1: National Fire Pup Day, National Black Dog Day

4: World Animal Day, World Pet’s Day

16: National Feral Cat Day

Awareness: National Animal Safety and Protection Month; Adopt-A-Dog Month; National Pet Wellness Month; National Pit Bull Awareness Month; National Service Dog Month


First full week: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Day

1: National Cook for Your Pets Day

7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

17: National Black Cat Day

Awareness: Pet Diabetes Month; Adopt and National Senior Pet Month; Pet Cancer Awareness Month


2: National Mutt Day

5: International Volunteer Day

Awareness: Cat Lover’s Month

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