March 23rd is National Puppy Day. Now considered an international holiday, it assists with saving “orphaned puppies across the globe” and educates “the public about the horrors of puppy mills,” reported the National Puppy Day website.
Founded in 2006, it has also become a strong platform for finding several unadopted dogs new and loving homes. This years marks its tenth anniversary. A short video embracing the international holiday can be watched above.
Click here or scroll to the bottom to view cute and hilarious dog photos.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. It Celebrates the ‘Unconditional Love that Puppies Bring’
Dogs are considered man’s best friend for a reason; offering their owners unconditional love and support they may not be getting enough of. National Puppy Day wasn’t only created as a way to rally awareness around the troublesome predicament of puppy mills, but also as a means to celebrate the joy that puppies bring to human lives.
In a Philly.com article on May 16, 2014, author Bernie Parent summed up the unconditional love that dogs bring to our sometimes hectic lifestyles.
The dog doesn’t judge you; he doesn’t care how you’re dressed or if you’ve just had a really bad day. No matter the situation, your dog is happy to see you. You are greeted with the same enthusiasm each and every time you walk in that door. A dog has the ability to live in the present moment.
2. The First Dog Discovered Lived Over 31,700 Years Ago
On October 17, 2008, NBC News reported that scientists discovered what they thought was the “first known dog.” The animal — large and big teeth — lived on a meat-filled diet of reindeer, horse and musk ox.
The canine’s remains were located at Goyet Cave in Belgium. The site reported that the dog’s remains were evidence that “the Aurignacian people of Europe from the Upper Paleolithic period first domesticated dogs” then.
Germonpré, a Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences paleontologist spoke to the site about the size and skeletal structure of the early canine.
In shape, the Paleolithic dogs most resemble the Siberian husky, but in size, however, they were somewhat larger, probably comparable to large shepherd dogs. The Paleolithic dogs had wider and shorter snouts and relatively wider brain cases than fossil and recent wolves.
3. Colleen Paige Founded National Puppy Day
According to her personal website, Colleen Paige is a pet and family lifestyle expert as well as a animal behaviorist, designer and author, amongst other things. She grew up in Los Angeles and is the daughter of actor Robert Paige. Paige is a contributor for DogTime.com. She also runs TheWeddingDog.com,a boutique wedding firm that caters to couples with dogs. Lastly, Paige owns PetHomeDesign.com, a boutique interior design firm that assists pet owners with living harmoniously at home with pets.
Interesting enough, Paige is the founder of several other pet holidays listed below:
Black Dog Day
Horse Protection Day
Walk Your Dog Week
National Beach Day
Click here for the full page of Paige’s national holidays.
4. Several Celebrities Have Proudly Shared Puppy Photos Recently
Lately, several celebrities have taken to social media to celebrate their newest additions to their families. Julianne Hough (shown above), Scott Eastwood, Ryan Seacrest, Lady Gaga, Hilary Duff, Kyrie Irving and Demi Lovato have all posted photos of their animal family members, amongst other stars.
Click here for more celebrities-and-their-pets photos.
5. The National Puppy Day Website Cites 50 Ways to Celebrate It
Be it adopting a new furry friend or hosting a community event, NationalDogDay.com has listed “50 Ways to Celebrate” National Puppy Day; all of which are all related to love, appreciation and awareness of dogs. Click here for the websites complete list.