5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week
World War I veteran and publisher of the late Dog World magazine chose the last week in September as a time to honor the enduring bond between dogs and humans. Here are some ways you can celebration National Dog Week:
Commit to Daily Walks (if you haven’t done so already). Whether it’s a hike in the woods or a stroll around the neighborhood, daily exercise is good for you and your dog. Walks give your dog the opportunity to meet new people or dogs and to spend quality time with you. If you can’t get away from work, hire Karla’s Pet Care to stop by your house and take your dog on a walk.
Donate to a Local Shelter or Dog Rescue. There are lots of dogs out there waiting for forever homes. You can help by donating time, money, food, beds, towels or other items — just contact the organization and ask what they need most. You can also volunteer to foster a dog. Fostering is a great way to open your home and your heart to a dog in need. And who knows, it could turn out to be a great playmate for your own dog and you could become a ‘foster failure’.
Take a Dog-Friendly Vacation. There’s no better time to hike in the woods or jog on the beach than in the fall. With so many hotels and rental homes that are happy to accommodate dogs, it’s easier than ever to explore with your best four-legged friend.
Schedule a Health Checkup. While a visit to the veterinarian probably isn’t on your dog’s list of favorite activities, it does provide you with the peace of mind that you’re doing everything possible to protect your dog’s health. In addition to performing a physical exam and possibly laboratory work, your veterinarian can advise you on nutrition, behavior and other factors that can help prolong your dog’s lifespan. It’s also a good time to consider investing in pet health insurance so you won’t have to think twice about getting medical help when it’s needed.
Splurge on Something Special. Why not throw a “dog pawty” and invite your pet’s canine pals for some socializing, a dip in the kiddy pool and homemade dog cookies in your backyard? Or simply buy your dog a new toy and devote some time to playing with your pet.
Whatever you do, take time this week to show your dog how much you love and appreciate him or her.