Ultimate Guide to Dog Holidays

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Do you ever look for a special reason to pamper your pooch more than usual? Celebrate your dog (and cat, ferret, or even bird) using the pet holiday guide below. I have scoured the web, the calendar, and even some old fashioned encyclopedia type things (remember those?) to find you the most up to date list of dog (and pet, and pet-related) holidays.

See? You no longer need an excuse to throw your dog a party or to buy your dog a gift. Let’s celebrate!

French bulldog dog in a party hat

January 2: National Pet Travel Safety Day
January 5: National Bird Day
January 6: Cuddle Up Day (this doesn’t mention Pets, but that’s how “cuddling up” works in MY house….)
January 10: Houseplant Appreciation Day (for those of you in between pets at the moment?)
January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 21: National Squirrel Appreciation Day (for those Pets who love to chase them)
January 22: National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day (what unsolved mysteries does your Cat ponder, hmm?)
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
February 14: National Pet Theft Awareness Day
February 20: Love Your Pet Day
February 22: Walking the Dog Day (not the yo-yo kind, I checked)
February 23: National Dog Biscuit Day
March 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
March 13: K-9 Veterans Day (March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps)
March 21: National Puppy Day
March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
April 11: National Pet Day
April 19: Pet Owners Day
April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 26: National Kids & Pets Day
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day
May 5: National Ferret Day
May 23: International Turtle Day (slowest day EVER…)
June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
June 8: Best Friends Day (again this doesn’t mention pets, but for many pet parents, this is an important Pet holiday!)
June 10: World Pet Memorial Day (Second Sunday in June)
June 20: Take Your Dog to Work Day
July 11: All American Pet Photo Day
July 15: Pet Fire Safety Day
July 31: National Mutt Day
August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs (The North Shore Animal League America, declared August 1 as a birthday for all the shelter animals whose birthdays are unknown. Happy DOGust!!)
August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day (As if we needed a reason?!)
August 16: International Homeless Animals’ Day
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 26: National Dog Day
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day
September 14: National Hug Your Hound Day
September 14: National Pet Memorial Day (2nd Sunday in Sept.)
September 20: Puppy Mill Awareness Day
September 20: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
September 23: Dogs in Politics Day (Pets of politicians of course!)
September 28: World Rabies Day
October 4: World Pet’s Day
October 8: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 16: National Feral Cat Day
October 27: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
October 28: Plush Animal Lovers Day (my Pets love to destroy them, does that count?)
October 29: National Cat Day
November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
November 17: National Black Cat Day
December 2: National Mutt Day (by the Animal Miracle Network, celebrates the mixed breed dogs in shelters across the US and hopes to place 10,000 dogs)

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