National Dog Week is celebrated from the 22nd to 28th of every September, with the tradition dating back to 1928. Captain Will Judy, a distinguished dog judge and former publisher of Dog World Magazine, founded the event to educate dog owners and organizations about their role and responsibilities as such.
National Dog Week also acknowledges our canine friends all across the country and recognizes the important roles they play in our daily lives. Aside from providing humans with comfort, delight, and safety, dogs have generously assisted the disabled, participated in search and rescue operations, sniffed out bombs and drugs, and helped law enforcement officials, among others.
This year, the theme of National Dog Week is “Man’s Best Friend,” which is exactly what we consider our canine companions to be. The term is believed to have been coined by Senator George Graham Vest of Missouri. Vest, who was also a lawyer, once represented a man who was suing his neighbor for shooting and killing his dog. Vest won the case after delivering his famous speech Tribute to the American Dog, which can now be seen inscribed on a monument in Warrensburg, Missouri.
The success of National Dog Week mostly depends on the time and efforts of selfless volunteers. If you would like to participate, you can contribute to and/or volunteer in your local animal shelter. You can also invite dog groomers and veterinarians to give talks to your community on topics such as neutering and spaying, obedience training tips, and general dog care and grooming.
Other activities that you can organize are dog shows at your local park, and donation drives to benefit an animal shelter or dog rescue group of your choice. If you have a canine companion, you can throw a party for your pet and other dogs in the neighborhood – it’ll be a great chance for them to socialize! You can also give a pooch a home by adopting one.
Whatever you do during National Dog Week, get your friends and family members involved. Volunteer together, and plan events as a group. Above all, don’t forget to have fun while you’re making a difference for your furry friends.