It’s National Dog Week!

September 26, 2018

National Dog WeekIt is surprising to think 90 years ago this week, author and publisher Captain William Lewis Judy created the first “National Dog Week” as a time to celebrate dogs. Captain Judy was known for great quotes such as: “Don’t call a man a dog. It’s unfair to the dog.”

Captain Will Judy was has been inducted to the Animal History Museum as an innovator in acceptable and more human practices when owning a dog. In those days, dogs were never in the house but always outside and often tethered. His ideas of how to more humanly let your dog be tethered with room to roam were at first shunned, then accepted. He would be very proud of how far we have come to appreciate dogs and be better pet parents in today’s world.

This year’s National Dog Week theme is “Readers Unleashed: Promoting Literacy with K-9s.” So keeping this in mind, here are ways you can celebrate National Dog Week all week long

  1. Read with your dog

National Dog Week

2. Do what dogs do best: take a nap

Dogs are great at sleeping

 3. Take your dog for a walk

Dogs at park sniffing each other

4. Belly rubs anyone?

Belly rubs!


5. Dog kisses are always good.

Dog kisses are the best!


It is always a good idea to take care of your dog's health. If you haven't recently, let this week serve as a reminder to see your veterinarian and be sure to take the arthritis assessment every six months to see how your dog’s mobility is doing.

For most of pet parents, every week is dog week at our homes. No matter what you do – celebrate big with #NationalDogWeek your dog! 

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