The week of September 22ndthrough the 28thcelebrates National Dog Week. Contrary to popular belief that this week originated by a Captain Will Judy in 1928, according to Zoomroomonline.com, the week actually began in 1928 however by a “group of dog fanciers and sportsmen dedicated to a broad nationwide educational campaign for better dog care.”
Zoomroom goes on to state that this group had seven objectives for their Dog Week agreement:
- A good home for every dog
- Elimination of stray dogs from the street’
- Better informed dog owners’
- Consideration for dogs and all animals
- Emphasis of the dog’s use as companion and protector
- Fair laws for dogs and dog owners
- Respect for the rights of non-dog owners
Although this group was very advanced for its time, even now these objectives are still striving to be achieved. National Dog Week provides a time where veterinarians, animal lovers, and animal rights advocates can further push these objectives along with all the other special things dogs provide for us as humans.
Man’s Best Friend
All you have to do is think of your dog, your neighbor’s dog, and all the dogs you have had as a child growing up to know that dogs serve we as humans well. They truly are the ultimate best friend. They don’t lie, cheat, steal (well some of them don’t), or talk back. They love us unconditionally with all they have, even when they are abused and treated inhumanely.
Dogs have assisted us when others could not:
- Delivering messages in the war
- Assisting the disabled
- Search and rescue
- Cop dogs
- Working dogs
- Loyal companions
When a person loses a dog to death, that individual suffers sometimes more than if a human friend or family member had died. Our dogs are our companions for an average of 7-15 years. That’s a long time to be with someone every day, seven days per week and have them love you without ever asking much in return.
No truer best friend can anyone be but your dog.
Ways to be Active During Dog Week
If you and your family wish to be active in Dog week, there are many things you can do to show your appreciation to your best friend.
- Donate to your local veterinarian or shelter
- Volunteer time to either of the above
- Have a dog party and invite all your dog loving friends
- Learn dog safety
- Get involved in a local educational program for dog owners
- Adopt a dog
- Stand up for dogs when you see them being abused or treated badly
- Take your dog to a spa for the day!
Places to take your Dog for Day Care