For those of us who have these wonderful canine companions in our lives, we realize that there are really 52 dog weeks every year! If this is the first you’ve heard of National Dog Week, here’s what you should know:
- World War I veteran, Captain William Judy, started National Dog Week in 1928 to recognize the loyal service and companionship dogs provide in all of our lives.
- Captain Judy passed away in 1974, but dog lovers have carried the torch for this special week ever since. Today, New Jersey-based writer Lisa Begin-Kruysman runs with the torch, raising awareness, loving dogs and getting humans involved with dog welfare actions across the country through the National Dog Week Facebook page and her own blog.
- National Dog Week goes through the fourth week of September every year, but the importance of improving the lives of our loyal canine friends continues all year long!
3 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week
There are hundreds of ways to celebrate National Dog Week, but we’d like to encourage these three especially:
- Spoil your dog—You know your dog is the best, but now it’s time for some extra treats, an extra-long goof-off at the dog park, a ride to your dog’s favorite hangout, taking your dog out for dinner at one of these dog-friendly restaurants in Oklahoma City, a play-date with your dog’s best buddies, etc. To be honest, your dog would probably just love spending extra time with you!
- Volunteer at a local shelter—Call the shelter closest to you and find out what you can do to help them. Shelters are always in need of supplies, money and volunteers to help these dogs find their forever families.
- Get a checkup—Even if your dog’s favorite thing isn’t chillin’ with the vet, taking time out to get your dog a health check at Sunset Veterinary Clinic will help you catch health problems early or prevent them altogether with proactive care. After the appointment, you can lavish them with treats, cuddles and playtime!
What other National Dog Week suggestions do you have? How have you celebrated in the past? Call us today at (405) 844-2888 to schedule an appointment; you can bet we’ll be celebrating National Dog Week like crazy!