March hosts St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, and National Puppy Day on March 23rd. I love both of these holidays for many reasons. Call it the power of the shamrock, the charm of the leprechaun, or just the luck of the Irish, but March is full of fun times and the kick off of Spring. First, I still think and call Josie my puppy. So, when is a puppy really not considered a puppy any longer? They say puppies mature into adults at a different time depending on their breed. Large dog breeds mature into adults around 15 months and smaller breeds will be puppies for only 9 months. This is important to note since you'll need to feed a large dog breed specially formulated puppy food for much longer than you would a smaller breed dog. So, according to this-Josie is not a puppy anymore-but to me she will always be my little pup.
Now, what really is National Puppy day really about? Puppy Day is not just about celebrating the greatness of your furry friend. It's also all about protecting all pups, loving them properly, and making a difference for the dogs who don't have a loving place to call home. Founded in 2006 by celebrity pet and home lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, the message of the annual ode to fur babies is two-fold- to celebrate the puppies who are the sunshine of our lives, and to shine a light on the option of pet adoption. You know I am a huge fan of adoption and rescuing as so many animals need homes. This is just such a wonderful day set aside as a reminder and Collen hoped that people could donate at least $5 to their local shelter. Just think-the power of $5 bucks. I think we can all skip on that specialty coffee/tea for just one day. Other great solutions I saw were donating arm chairs so dogs could cuddle up on them, bring a toy or food to a shelter. Truly, anything will help, and be appreciated.
As I write this blog for March-I find it such a great educational tool. I learn so much every month doing research on what days to celebrate, and who even started them. I may not care that my Josie is no longer considered a puppy by age standards, but it is important when it comes to how you feed them for their bodies to grow and be nourished just like ours. It's important that we all try to our part-even just a little a month to help other pets that may not be as "Lucky" as the fur kids we already love and have in our homes. Be part of the solution-not part of the problem this month. Don't Shop-Adopt!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Dawn McCarthy March 2018 The Beauty Battalion
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