Ten Ways to Celebrate Your Pet
National Pet Month is almost over (but we encourage you to celebrate all year long). We asked around and present to you our favorite ideas for celebrating that special bond!
“Celebrate by spending time with your pet. They want to be with you more than anything else. Take your dog to the park, the beach, join an agility class together. Do something that benefits the health of you and your dog.” -Kristen Levin, of Kristen Levine Pet Living
“Donate! Your local pet shelters always need help. Donate new toys, fresh kibble, new beds, or money! Do you know how much joy one toy can bring to a dog feeling abandoned, alone, and in need of a friend? You can even donate in your dog's name, they want to help too. If you'd rather put your work to use, find adoption groups to volunteer with at events.” -Andrea Barbosa, Founder of Norah by Earth
Take your pet to Sunday Brunch. “Find a pet friendly spot near you and it may become a new Sunday routine.” Annie Faulk, owner of (very lucky) Havanese Lucky. Make sure to check first to make sure the places you bring your pets are actually pet-friendly.
“Let's all celebrate with our dogs and cocktails and call it Happy Yappy Hour. We do this in our backyard in Westchester, NY We have a great guest list.” Cherie Corso, New York. (No cocktails for those with tails of course!)
Take your dog on a walk! Seems easy enough. And, according to Ashley Jacobs, founder of Sitting for a Cause, you can make your walk really count! Ashley recommends you, “Download the WoofTrax and ResqWalk apps on your phone so that each time you take your dog for a walk, a donation is made to an animal shelter.”
Zully Hernandez, of Zullly’sWorld suggests you can, “Make them a treat. Did you know there are many recipes safe for pets you can make at home? Inspect your pantry and make something with extra TLC for your pet.” Check out pet-safe recipes online and ask your veterinarian if there’s anything you should avoid.
“Volunteer to bring your pet into a local Senior Center or Nursing Facility; I have a family member who requires care in a skilled nursing facility, and I visit weekly. I personally know how long and monotonous their days are, and have seen the joy on the faces when an animal is brought in for a visit. Pets give unconditional love; they do not judge anyone for who they are or what they have. Their love is simply given and abundantly received.” - Janie Smyser, Owner of K9 Granola Factory
Sarah Hall Weaver, Digital Content Strategist for Orvis, recommends taking a hike with your dog. She offers that, as a hike you, “Make sure your dog has identification, preferably multiple sources. A properly fitted personalized collar, identification and rabies hang tags, and a microchip (a small electronic I.D. chip your vet injects subcutaneously) together improve the chances of his safe return if you lose him on the hike.” Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping to make sure your pets are updated. Also, keep them registered in your county so if they’re picked up, they’re returned home safely.
“We have a big celebration at the dog park. Everyone brings dog-friendly treats, sometimes costumes, new toys, and anything else that keep our fur babies happy.” Gene Caballero, Co-Founder of GreenPal.
Amber Roberts, Bennington, VT, ends our list with great advice, “No matter how you choose to spoil your dog for National Pet Month, soak up all of the cuddles and pet kisses that you can! There's little in life that's better than the love of a furry friend.”
Don’t forget there’s another special person to celebrate when it comes to your pets. Your veterinarian! You can spend time researching what diets your veterinarian suggests, get your veterinary records in order, and (probably most important) thank your veterinarian for keeping your pals healthy, safe, and happy.
Happy National Pet Month!