8 Ways to Celebrate Love Your Pet Day
You love your furry friend every day, but did you know there is a special day dedicated entirely to your affection? That's right. National Love Your Pet Day is a holiday celebrated on February 20th of every year, dedicated to showing appreciation and love for our furry friends. Pets enrich our lives in so many ways, from providing companionship to helping reduce stress. This special day honors the bond between humans and their beloved pets, and encourages us to take a moment to recognize the important role our pets play in our lives. Whether you have a furry best friend, a feathered buddy, or a scaly pal, National Love Your Pet Day is the perfect time to express your love and appreciation.
Here are eight ways to celebrate your fondness for your furry sidekick on this holiday.
1. THROW A PARTY
C'mon, there's really never a bad time for a party, especially one in honor of your canine friend. Don't just invite people; invite their furry best friends, too. And have some yummy treats ready for all of your four-legged guests, like Milk-Bone® MaroSnacks® or Milk-Bone® Soft & Chewy treats.
2. HAVE A SPA DAY
Spa days are a great way to relax and unwind, so why not have one for your furry buddy? Indulge in a mud mask and hair conditioning treatment while you bathe your pooch in sweet-smelling pet shampoos and rich, moisturizing conditioners (after making sure your pet's skin isn't sensitive to the formulas, of course!). If your feline friend likes baths, include him too, or simply comb his fur with a soft, natural-bristle brush.
3. GIVE YOUR PET A MASSAGE
It's not just people who enjoy massages. Give your canine or feline sidekick a gentle massage using light rubbing and stroking motions along her body, including her back and shoulders, and see the tension just melt away. Some tummy scratches and head rubs are always appreciated, too.
4. INDULGE IN SOMETHING DELICIOUS
- Celebrate your special pup by baking some yummy dog-friendly cupcakes!*
- An ice cream sundae is great for humans, so whip one up for yourself and treat your pet to something extra special made for him.
- Does your cat or dog normally eat dry food? A delectable wet food meal can make her feel just as special as you know she is. (If your pet's stomach is sensitive to new foods, try mixing a small amount of wet food into their regular dry food for a tasty meal that's easier on their system.)
5. DONATE TO PET CHARITIES
Spread your love to pets who aren't as fortunate as yours by donating your time, supplies or money to a local pet rescue or shelter. Warm blankets, food, treats and toys are always welcome — but check with the organization you want to support first to find out what they need the most.
6. DRESS UP YOUR FURRY FRIEND
It's a special occasion, so dress your best friend accordingly — if your pet enjoys wearing clothes. A cute shirt, adorable tutu or funny hat all accentuate your furry one's good looks. Remember to get your pooch or kitty used to the fashionable attire by giving her lots of praise and plenty of treats while she wears it. And don't forget to take a bunch of pictures to share on social media.
7. DINE OUT
Did you know some restaurants cater to dogs and allow them to dine with you? Why not look for one in your area and stop by with Fido for a nice meal? She'll love the food and the adventure.
8. SHOWER YOUR FURRY BUDDY WITH GIFTS
Presents are always welcome. Buy some treats and toys to surprise your furry buddy. She'll not only love the attention, but she can play with the gifts for hours of fun. Bonus points if you buy interactive toys that will keep her busy even when you're not around.
Americans are huge pet lovers. It’s estimated that 77 million households own a pet, equaling around 85 million cats and 78 million dogs. In addition, many households have small animals like hamsters, birds, fish, and reptiles. Providing love, companionship, and care to pets is incredibly important. National Love Your Pet Day is a great time to pause and reflect on all the things we can do to show our four-legged friends we care. From playing fetch to taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood, there are countless ways to show our furry friends how much we love them. Pet owners should strive to create an environment in which their pets feel safe, secure, and loved. This could mean taking the time to brush their fur and provide regular check-ups with the veterinarian. Pet owners should also ensure they are providing their pet with proper nutrition, exercise, and mental stimulation. Ultimately, showing our pets how much we love them is a wonderful way to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day. Make sure to give your pet some extra love today
National Love Your Pet Day FAQs
When is National Love Your Pet Day?
National Love Your Pet Day is celebrated on February 20th
Yes, National Love Your Pet Day is celebrated on February 20th every year
Who started National Love Your Pet Day?
National Love Your Pet Day was started in 2006 by Animal Behaviorist and Pet Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige.
How can I celebrate National Love Your Pet Day?
We celebrate National Love Your Pet Day to recognize the special bond we have with our furry (or scaly!) friends and to show our appreciation for the love they bring us every day.
Can I celebrate National Love Your Pet Day without a Pet?
Yes, if you don't have a pet, you can still celebrate National Love Your Pet Day by doing something to help animals in need. You can volunteer at an animal shelter, make a donation to a pet charity, or even just spread awareness about the importance of animal adoption. You can also use the day to learn more about pet care and the different kinds of animals that need homes.
What are holidays similar to National Love Your Pet Day?
- National Dog Day (August 26th)
- National Cat Day (October 29th)
- National Puppy Day (March 23rd)
- World Veterinary Day (April 25th)
- International Day of the Dog (May 20th)
- American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month (October)
- National Pet Month (May)
- National Dog Month (August)
*This dog cupcake recipe is not complete and balanced and is intended to be served as a treat. Treats should not account for more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie needs. For every 25 lbs. of body weight, feed a quarter of a cupcake. Always provide fresh water for drinking. Avoid giving this treat to dogs with known gastrointestinal upset, are predisposed to pancreatitis or small dogs less than 25 lbs.
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