How to Celebrate National Puppy Day
Happy National Puppy Day everybody! It goes without saying that puppies are amazing. They are a bundle of joy, a light in your life, a furry friend to make a crappy day so much better, all in all they are just so darn cute!
There are a number of ways to celebrate National Puppy Day, whether you already have a puppy, looking to adopt one, or just want to donate to make a puppy happy.
Looking to Adopt a Puppy?
If you are looking to adopt your first puppy to celebrate national puppy day, there are a few steps you need to make sure you take to ensure you and your new puppy are happy.
First of all, you need to be 100% committed to taking care of your puppy. Owning a puppy comes with a lot of responsibility and sacrifices you need to be willing to make. One important thing to do is research breeds and if they would be a good fit into your household. For example, if you lived in an apartment or have a small lot, getting a bigger breed of dog would not be suitable. You should also take into consideration the puppy’s temperament, activity level and if they get along with children, if you have any.
The best way to make sure your new puppy will fit in with our family is to ask if you can be alone with him or her to see how they react around you. Again, if you have children, you should also bring them along to make sure things go smoothly. Just because a breed of dog is usually good with children, it doesn’t mean all of them are!
Another very important thing to plan is your financials. With food costs, boarding or pet sitting (if you do go away) and impromptu vet visits, the cost of owning a puppy can be expensive. Vet visits can go up as your dog gets older, so you should also be prepared for those as well.
Celebrate with your Puppy!
If you already have a furball of love running around your house, do something to celebrate with him/her! Buy them a brand new toy, take them to their favourite dog park, or go exploring in one of Canada’s many national parks! To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, most national parks have free admissions! Check out more info here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/index.aspx
You can also celebrate by focusing on the health of your puppy! It was recently pet dental health month, which is very important to be aware of, especially for a new puppy. If you are looking for tips on how to properly care for your dog’s dental health, check out our blog on Pet Dental Health Month!
Donate to Puppies in Need
If you don’t have a puppy, but would still like to help out, there are many ways that you can contribute to a good cause! You can volunteer your time at a local shelter where you can help clean up or walk the dogs. You can assist an elderly neighbour who can’t walk their dog as much as they want to by walking their dog for them.
You can also donate a few bucks to your local pet rescue organizations to help them run their rescue shelters. If you don’t have a local organization, the SPCA is a great cause to support!
No matter how you celebrate National Puppy Day, be sure to brighten the day of your puppy or a puppy in need!