Every Day Is #NationalDogDay

Melissa here with the post on #NationalDogDay. Duh – it had to be me!

Sunday was #NationalDogDay.

And like every year on August 26, 2018, the Internet explodes with pictures of everyone’s furry best friends. As I was cuddling Regal in his bed (because he’s still confined to the kitchen because of his TPLO surgery), I reminded Joey of the joyous holiday it was. His quick response was:

I feel like there’s five of those a year.

And he’s not wrong. We are always looking for ways to celebrate our furbabies. So for today’s post, I thought I’d breakdown every day of the year in which you can celebrate your beloved pup, because isn’t every day #NationalDogDay?

The Breakdown: Dog / Pet Holidays

January (National Train Your Dog Month; Walk Your Pet Month)
  • January 2nd: National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • January 14th: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • January 24th: Change A Pet’s Life Day
February (Dog Training Education Month, Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Responsible Pet Owners Month)
  • February 14th: Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 20th: Love Your Pet Day
  • February 22nd: Walking The Dog Day
  • February 23rd: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • February 27th: World Spay Day
  • March 3rd: If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • March 13th: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 23rd: National Puppy Day
April (National Adopt A Greyhound Month, National Heartworm Awareness Month, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Prevent Lyme Disease In Dogs Month, Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month)
  • April 7th: Tag Day
  • April 8th: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day
  • April 11th: National Pet Day
  • April 11th: Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • April 21st: Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
  • April 26th: National Kids and Pets Day
  • April 30th: Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
May (National Pet Month, Responsible Animal Guardian Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Moth, Chip Your Pet Month)
  • May 1st: National Purebred Dog Day
  • May 12th: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
  • First Full Week of May: National Pet Week
June (National Pet Preparedness Month)
  • June 8th: Best Friends Day
  • First Full Week of June: Pet Appreciation Week
  • Take Your Dog To Work Day typically falls in June
June (Dog House Repair Month, National Lost Pet Prevention Month)
  • July 1st: ID Your Pet Day
  • July 15th: National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 31st: National Mutt Day
  • August 26th: National Dog Day
  • August 28th: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
  • August 20th: National Holistic Pet Day
  • September 13th: Pet Birth Defect Awareness Day
  • September 15th: Responsible Dog Ownership Day
  • September 23rd: Dogs In Politics Day
  • September 28th: World Rabies Day
  • Last Full Week of September: National Dog Week
October (Adopt-A-Dog Month, Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, National Pet Wellness Month, National Pit Bull Awareness Month, National Service Dog Month)
  • October 1st: National Dire Pup Day
  • October 1st: National Black Dog Day
  • October 4th: World Animal Day
  • October 10th: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • First Full Week of October: National Walk Your Dog Week and Animal Welfare Week
November (Adopt A Senior Pet Month, National Pet Awareness Month, National Senior Pet Month, Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Pet Diabetes Month)
  • November 1st: National Cook For Your Pets Day
  • November 7th: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • First Full Week of November: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
  • December 2nd: National Mutt Day

As you can see, Joey wasn’t wrong. Basically, every day can be #NationalDogDay. Let’s celebrate our beloved furchildren as often as we can, because they bring us so much joy and love!


Being A Dog Parent

The Limp

Melissa here. This week was a tough dog parent week for me. Being a dog parent is typically very easy, especially with a dog like Regal. He is low maintenance and just appreciates playtime and snuggles. However, for the last two weeks or so, he’s been limping. It’s very sporadic! It typically only happens after playtime or after he’s been curled up for a long time.

Joey and I thought it could be his nails (maybe one had cracked and was causing him pain), but after further investigation and the miserable process of trimming all of his nails, Regal was still limping. He does not seem to be in any pain. There are no whines or yelps. Just this limp in his back leg that keeps me wide awake at night.

Awake At Night

I’m awake because 1) I’m worried. As dog parents, we have this constant battle with ourselves. A constant internal conversation:

“Do we take him to the vet? Will it be better tomorrow? He doesn’t seem like he’s in pain. He’s eating. Begging to play. But he’s limping. Poor guy. I wish he could tell me what’s wrong!”

I’m also awake because 2) Regal is circling our bed more. *Tap, Tap Tap* We think it’s because he’s apprehensive to jump… Probably because his back leg hurts.



Trip To The Vet

On Sunday, I decided it was time to call the vet. They set me up with an appointment for Monday afternoon. All I could think about was how Regal was going to be so mad at me. Regal hates the vet. He loves all the people there, but when they want to check him out, he thinks he’s in trouble, that he’s done something wrong. He hides under benches and tries to escape through the front and exam room doors.

This trip was no different. In Regal’s eyes, he was tortured. And the worst part is: We have no diagnosis yet.

For now, Regal is on a prescription for a two-week anti-inflammatory. If that doesn’t clear up his limp, we will have to take him in for X-Rays to see if there is a fracture (which he isn’t displaying signs of) or he’s developed hip dysplasia or osteoporosis (which is common in larger breed dogs).

Post Vet

Post vet trip, Regal remains moody, because he can’t enjoy one of his favorite past times, playtime. Additionally, he’s FORCED to take a pill everyday. Although it’s coated with chicken pâté, he still smells the pill, and hides for an hour after I give it to him. He’s very sensitive. This takes away from his second favorite past time: snuggling.

Now, There’s Me Crying

Regal – Playtime and Snuggles = Me Crying

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m emotional. After Monday’s vet visit, I found myself holding Regal in bed sobbing, telling him, “I’m sorry for a tough day.” This leads me to the last point about being a dog parent:

Do you think they know how much we love them?

I hope so! What do you think?