National Dog Week has been around 87 years and always happens on the last full week of September.
You might be thinking: ANOTHER big dog event?
But the longtime message for this week is an important one. National Dog Week is all about teaching people to be responsible dog owners.
Captain Will Judy founded National Dog Week in 1928. He wanted to change the way we thought about dogs as a society. He wanted them treated with love and respect.
Judy's advocacy dogs extended beyond breeding. He was talking about the human-animal bond before it was a widely considered idea. He also advocated using dogs to help veterans recover, and even for dogs to help the disabled.
“The most forgiving thing in the world is your dog," Judy wrote once. "The one virtue most humans lack is that of forgiveness. But your dog carries no grudge and no spite. Punish him even undeservedly, and he comes to you, nudges his moist nose into your hand, looks up at you with pleading eyes, and wags his tail hesitatingly as tho to say, ‘Oh, come on, let’s be pals again.’"
So in honor of National Dog Week, here are five ways you can honor your dog and all the ways he or she has been faithful to you.
4) Never stop trying to improve their lives. Don't get complacent in your own care of your pet. Keep reading about what's out there. Look for new ways to keep them engaged in your lives. Look for new ways to keep them happy and healthy. There is always something new.
“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.”
Sen. George Graham Vest, Tribute to the American Dog