5 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day

As a pet lover, you might be thinking to yourself, “Wait. There’s a National Pet Day? Isn’t every day National Pet Day?”

Well, of course! But believe it or not, there is an official day set aside just for pets. According to the National Pet Day website, the occasion was established in 2005 by Colleen Paige “to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation.”

Sounds like a pretty great day, doesn’t it? So this April 11th, why not let your best buddy know how much he means to you by spending the day bonding with him? If you need some ideas, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Take a day trip
    Many dogs love going for rides in the car, even if it’s just around the block. But when the destination is to a favorite hiking trail, park or beach, it’s a pup’s dream day come true! Be sure to take along a picnic lunch with scrumptious goodies for the both of you.
  2. Go on a shopping spree
    Imagine your dog’s delight when you walk him down the aisle of your local pet supply store and invite him to choose a new treat or toy (or three)!
  3. Play games
    If your dog lives for fetch, get out in the yard and throw the ball for him a few dozen times. Or make up a new game like “hide and seek” or “find the treat under the cushion.” Having fun together is a great way to show him how much you care.
  4. Take up a new activity
    Dogs, like humans, love to learn new skills. If your dog loves the water, try out kayaking or paddle boarding together. If he’s more mellow, look for a human-canine yoga class.
  5. Give him a massage
    Instead of a quick pat on the head, give your pup a long, relaxing massage. This is a wonderful way to bond, since the act of petting your pooch releases oxytocin (the “love hormone”) in both of you.

BONUS! End or begin your day by visiting a local shelter to drop off blankets, toys, food or treats for the pets still searching for their forever homes. Who knows? While you’re there, you just might find a new buddy for your buddy. And what better way to celebrate National Pet Day than saving one?