National Dog Week September 22-27 2022
Celebrated the last full week of September each year, National Dog Week dates all the way back to 1928. What does this mean for you? Nothing. This week isn’t about you, it is all about dogs. Get your leashes, harnesses, treats and toys ready for a weeklong celebration of all things dog. While you love on your cuddly best friend, don’t forget about the less-fortunate four-legged angels looking for forever homes. The purpose of National Dog Week is twofold — pay homage to the pups that enrich your life by showing responsible pet ownership and do your part to help dogs in need. We’ll help you make the most of National Dog Week. Now in its 84th year, NDW is celebrated all across the US with local events, belly rubs, and lots of treats!
Here are some suggestions for National Dog Week:
Pamper Your Pooch
Not all dogs enjoy a trip to the groomer, but if your dogs are anything like ours they enjoy a good brushing. Making sure your dog’s nails are trimmed, ears are clean, and bathing them regularly will keep your 4-legged friends more comfortable. While it’s not good to let your dog get everything he wants all the time, there’s nothing wrong with giving him some extra love or special something to celebrate. Massaging your dog or just giving him some extra cuddles might be a wonderful way to show him your appreciation in honor of National Dog Week.
Pick up some of your dog’s favorite treats from your local store.
Play Time/Visit the Park
Play time with your dog is important. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch or just running around the yard together, your dogs will appreciate the quality time with you and also get some needed exercise. Take a hike, take extra-long walks, play games like fetch or hide-and-go seek, and go for a scenic fall drive. Whatever your pooch loves to do, indulge him and have fun together! Visit the dog park-if you’re lucky enough to have a dog park in your community; this is a great way to keep your dog social, active, and happy. It’s even a great way for dog moms and dads to socialize.
Go have some fun. Learn something new. Whether it’s practicing basic obedience cues in fun ways or doing an agility class, pairing physical and mental stimulation to reinforce behaviors you want from your dog or teach awesome tricks is a great way to bond with your dog.
Adopt a shelter dog or rescue dog. There are many dogs in our shelters and because of overpopulation, and as a result, an adoptable dog or cat is put down every eight seconds in our country, totaling four million a year. Foster a rescue dog. You are making space so the rescue/shelter can take in another animal and you are helping provide a stable home for the foster animal. Consider making a huge difference in the life of a dog (or even a cat!) by fostering or adopting.
Spay or neuter your dog. If you got a puppy or kitten earlier this year and haven’t done this yet, please do! As we’ve already discussed, pet overpopulation is a huge issue in our world, and not only will it make a difference in this regard, it will also make for a healthier, happier pet! Dogs that have been altered are far less likely to escape, roam and get hurt or hurt others, and it prevents reproductive organ cancers and disease. It’s the law in Mesquite.
Featured dog- Nala
Nala is a beautiful 2 year old GSD. Her owners could no longer care for her. She is a shy girl but warms up quickly. She does great on a leash, is learning to play with toys and working on her basic commands.
“I am a sweet girl that enjoys being petted. I would love to go on walks and be with people but right now I can be a little shy Once I get to know you I will be your best friend and sit with you, cuddle with you and love you. All I need is someone who will give me time with them and let me, in my own time, adjust and gain back my confidence. I am well-behaved and think you’ll enjoy being with me.”
Additional dogs for adoption
Toby – 4 year old German Shepherd. Lots of energy Best as only dog.
Bubba- 5 month old German Shepherd Lots of energy. Very willing to learn. Best as only dog
Featured cat(s) Naveah & Nitelite
Mother and daughter Naveah (6 years old) and Nitelite (4 ½ years old) are looking for a home together if possible but they can go to separate homes. These beautiful ladies were surrendered by their owner due to a change in life circumstances, and they’re anxious to get back to a home environment. They are very nice well cared for adult cats who can be a little shy at first. Once they are comfortable with you they turn on the charm. Naveah will follow you around looking for the pets and an occasional treat. Nitelite is shier but loves pets and sitting beside you. They are beautiful calm quiet ladies.