“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
-French poet, Anatole France
On April 11th, we have an opportunity to celebrate these furballs who awaken our souls. Our pets enrich our lives each and every day by giving us unconditional love and companionship, and keeping us routine-oriented and in shape.
So, how will you make Thursday, April 11th, aka National Pet Day a special one for your pet? The paw-sibilities are endless...
- Have a date night. Dine out with your dog or enjoy a picnic. The weather is warmer, the trees are filling out, and it’s a great time of the year to enjoy an outdoor meal. Many restaurants with outdoor seating welcome dogs and will even provide a water bowl for your pooch. Search Yelp.com to find a dog-friendly restaurant (marked by a dog bone) in your area.
- Make it dinner and a movie. After dinner, curl up with your dog to watch his animal friends in action. Lassie, Marley and Me, A Dog’s Purpose, Lady and the Tramp, Zootopia, and The Secret Life of Pets are a handful of animal-friendly movies that come to mind. Or just turn on an episode of Animal Planet.
- Go somewhere new. Take a walk around a lake you’ve never visited before, hike a new trail, or even trek through a different neighborhood. It doesn’t have to be far away, it just has to have new smells! Taking your dog for a walk in a place that is new to him gets him out of his regular routine and spices up life a bit.
National Pet Day is also a great day to add a furry friend to your family. And if you go the adoption route, you’ll not only be enriching your life, but you may be saving the life of your new four-legged buddy. Adoption is a good option if you are not willing or able to train a puppy. You can still adopt a young dog, who is already house-trained and beyond the biting and chewing stages. Adoption is also a less expensive option, if you’ve been looking to acquire a pet without the costs of going through a breeder. Usually when you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations, and microchipping are included in the adoption price. You can also take advantage of PetPartner’s Certificate Program. They partner with shelters and rescue organizations across the country to offer 30 days of pet insurance for newly adopted dogs. Visit the Shelter and Rescue tab on their webpage to find out more.
Caring for a pet helps give your life meaning, and caring for a shelter pet gives you an added bonus of fulfillment because you are not only improving your overall well being, you are making life better for another animal by providing a forever home for him.
So, how will you celebrate your pet on this National Pet Day?