The holiday season may be winding down, and the ornaments may be getting put away, but the festivities of 2018 are just beginning! With all of the pet holidays that you and your furry companion can celebrate together, you can keep the celebrations going all year. So, mark your calendars and save these dates—this way you won’t fur-get to celebrate!
January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day
A perfect excuse to dress up your fur baby? Count all pet parents in! National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a day to encourage pet adoption and to celebrate your pet by bringing out her inner fashionista. You can dress your pet in your favorite sports team jersey, fabulous pet costumes or put on some super adorable PJs and snooze the day away together. Whatever your fur baby will be wearing, we’re sure she’s going to be looking like a su-paw-model!
February 20: Love Your Pet Day
There’s no denying the love that you and your pet share! But on this special day, you can spoil your pet just a bit more. Bake your pooch a cake (a pet-safe one), get your feline the cat tree of her dreams, gift your small pet the coolest cruiser to get some exercise in—the possibilities are endless! So, go about your days just as you would (loving your pet!), but be sure to take it up a notch on this day.
March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
We’re not kitten around—this is a day to give your cat the respect she deserves. So, give your feline some extra attention and be sure to let her know how much you love having her around. Laser toys and feather teasers are the perfect gifts for some special bonding time together.
Respecting your cat also means making sure she has everything she needs. Is her litter box clean and in good condition? Is she currently at a healthy weight? Is she up to date on flea and tick prevention? Are your cat’s instinctual needs being met? Respecting your cat means caring for your cat, so evaluating how you can make your home cat-friendly is perfect on a day like this one.
April 11: National Pet Day
Have you been itching to adopt a new pet but haven’t picked a day to head to the shelter? Well then, pencil this day in and begin to prepare for one of the best days of your and your soon-to-be new munchkin’s life. National Pet Day is also a perfect day to volunteer at your local rescue or donate blankets and toys. You can also just take this time to celebrate all the pets in your life. Whichever way you decide to spend National Pet Day, consider it a day well spent.
June 22: Take Your Dog to Work Day
One of the worst feelings is heading out the door for the day and catching your pup batting their best puppy eyes. You know—that super adorable, convincing look that screams, “Don’t leave me!” Good news, you now have a reason to ask your boss if your pooch can spend the day with you in the office—Take Your Dog to Work Day. To make sure that your pup is on her best behavior and ready for the work environment, check out our tips for taking your dog to work. Who knows? It could go so well that your boss tells you to bring her back anytime.
Besides all the fun that you and your pooch will have on this holiday, Take Your Dog to Work Day is also a great day to host a fundraiser to raise money for charities that are committed to making an impact on the overall well-being of pups.
July 31 AND December 2: National Mutt Day
Mutt, say what? Talk about one of the best days ever! National Mutt Day was created to raise awareness, encourage adoption and to recognize how incredible mixed breed dogs are. Around 80% of all dogs in shelters are mixed breeds, and they are so worthy of the love that a pet parent has to offer. So, if you’re looking for a new addition, we think you should abso-woofly consider a mutt. Many of our office dogs here at Chewy HQ are mixed breeds, and we give our stamp of approval fur sure—we love mutts!
These holidays bring awareness, and they’re just plain fun! But, one thing is for sure—these pet holidays can be celebrated by everyone!
Lindsay Schencker, BeChewy Editorial Assistant
The moment Lindsay started her career here at Chewy, she hit the ground running in customer service; she knew that this is the company she wanted to grow with from then on. When Lindsay isn’t spending her time writing for BeChewy, she’s most likely binge-watching a Netflix series and cuddling up with her 80-pound fur baby, Dexter.