National Puppy Day

black and tan yorkshire terrier puppy

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By Emmy McKirgan

Ok, when I had to pick another topic to write about…I found the best one! Who doesn’t love the adorable and overly affectionate puppy! These precious furballs are full of enthusiasm and a zest for life. We could take a page out of their how-to-book to live the best life. Puppies are energetic, and occasionally they eat shoes, furniture, and other items like your “homework.” Maybe Bart Simpson was onto something. It’s happened to my kids – the dog really did eat their homework. Explaining it to the teacher was another story.

Our dog is no longer a puppy – he’s now 13 years old, and age has gotten the best of him. Yet, you can see the sparkle in his eyes and the mischievous grin as he tries to run around and be a goof. The funny thing is we still call him a “puppy.” We love our dog so much. He’s been a part of our family for most of my kids’ lifetime. So the idea of not taking care of him or abandoning him is unthinkable. Yet the sad truth is many animals, for various reasons, are dropped off at shelters. There are between 30 to 40 animals entering shelters daily in the US. This is heartbreaking!

When Did Puppy Day Begin?

Colleen Page, an animal advocate, though it was so heartbreaking that she took action against it! Back in 2006, National Puppy Day was celebrated. The day was created to raise awareness about humane breeding practices, draw attention to puppy mills, and work to save homeless puppies worldwide. This brought awareness against puppy mills that treat the female canine as a literal factory “producing” more and more pups until she can’t any longer, either due to inability to birth or death during delivery. This behavior is atrocious! No animal should be treated this way!

So what can you do?

Take care of the puppy or dog you have! Love on them – they are your best friend. They love us unconditionally. No questions asked. We need to do the same! Spoil them even more today!

If you or someone you love is looking for a puppy, check out the shelters in your area. Maybe you can adopt a puppy or a dog that needs a “furever” home. Once they come around, these sheltered dogs are often the most affectionate and loyal animals.

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