National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives and it is on the 23rd March. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day (among many others).
Bringing a puppy into your home isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. There’s no denying puppies bring unconditional love, and a hefty dose of joy, with their cute little tails, button noses and soft puppy paw pads. Just be sure that you and your family are ready for the cost and the responsibility of owning this adorable new life!
Here’s a few tips and ideas that could help you find the perfect new pooch for your pack:
Do your research
Do your research before making your choice. There are so many puppy farms and back yard breeders out there. Only buy from respected, registered breeders. Do your research, request testimonials from past buyers, and make sure the breeder can provide you with the parents’ medical history, particularly if the breed you’re considering has known health issues.
Importantly, if they won’t let you meet the puppy’s mother, it is a pretty good sign that the people you are talking to run a puppy farm. While it may be hard to walk away, you are doing the right thing and each person who walks away makes it harder for these unscrupulous breeders to stay in business.
Adopt don’t shop
Remove pet stores and backyard breeders from the equation! If you want to rescue instead of finding a reputable breeder why not visit your local shelter and save the life of a puppy, or even an older dog, that’s looking for its furever home?
If you have a specific breed in mind, don’t let that dissuade you from adopting as most breed groups will offer rescue services, or be able to direct you to them! Just be sure that they are legitimate before you jump on board and hand over your money.
Are you able to provide the environment your breed of dog needs, i.e. exercise, nutrition, grooming, etc. Do you have enough space to accommodate the breed you’re considering? Have you worked your new furry soul mate into the budge, i.e. vaccinations, grooming, food, bedding, etc. Are you prepared to put in the time and effort for training?
Again, researching your chosen breed is the key here to ensure your pet is compatible with your environment and lifestyle. Any doubts, and it’s time to go back to the drawing board.
So there you have it … I think we can safely say that National Puppy Day is awesome, owning puppies is awesome, and that a little bit of homework before you make your choice is … you guessed it … awesome!
Go forth and pick your puppy … you won’t regret it!