Puppies. They are one of life’s true treasures. And in honor of that fact, they have their own National Day: March 23rd!
If you happen to disagree with the above statement, we present Exhibit A, below.
This man is being kissed by a 10-week-old puppy, and is clearly having the time of his life.
If you’re of a scientific nature, and you say that one example is not enough to prove this theory, fret not. We present Exhibit B, below.
Now surely you can’t refute the fact that puppies make everything better?
For those of you already convinced, we want to help you celebrate National Puppy Day, as it is a day to truly indulge in the joy that is puppies. Here’s a short list (as we couldn’t possibly list all the ways to celebrate puppies!):
- Adopt, don’t shop! Get to your local shelter and find a new best friend. Adopt them, bring them home and give them the best forever home you can.
- Take copious photos and videos of your puppy, and consider starting an Instagram channel for them. They are the cutest puppy ever, right? Everyone must share in the cuteness!
- Consider getting your puppy into therapy dog training immediately. (P.S. we can help! Your puppy could be a future ARF! therapy dog if you live here in Santa Barbara!)
- In any case, socialize your puppy by taking them out for walks in populated areas, stop in at cafés or coffee shops, run them through the park or on the beach, or let them have a super fun day by dropping them off at your best local doggie day care. (But wait until they’ve had all their shots!)
- Teach doggie best practices to your family and friends. Show them how to treat a dog with respect and care.
- If you’ve already got some loving canine friends around the house, donate money, food, toys, or time to your local shelter. They’ll love you for it.
- Think big and host a community event to support your local animal shelter, or organizations like All For Animals.
- Write to your congressperson and ask that he/she support a ban on puppy mills in your state.
- Microchip your puppy so if you’re ever separated, you can find them as soon as possible.
- Make sure to buy the best dog food and treats possible. It may seem like a lot of money now, but it will help prevent trips to the vet in the future!
These are just a few of the many, many ways to celebrate this amazing day! How will YOU celebrate? Please share with us in the comments here or on our Facebook page! We love seeing photos of cute puppies—no matter if they’re 10 weeks, 10 months, or 10 years old.