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A Dad and His Dog: June is for Remembering Dad and Cherished Pets

Celebrate Dads and World Pet Memorial Day! by Dog Dad Zach Manko

June is a busy time for this dad and his dog. Businesses, parks, and other locations across the country are opening up, and Sorsha and I can’t wait to get out there and stretch our paws. There’s also a few very important holidays this month (guess which ones I’m excited about?). So without further ado, let’s dive into what the start of summer has to offer.

World Pet Memorial Day

First, World Pet Memorial Day is on Tuesday, June 11. The American Veterinary Medical Association created this day as a way to memorialize pets that have passed away. It’s a day of remembrance and celebration both, as people honor their furry friends from years past.

If you’re like me, you know a few people that have gone through some pet loss. If you’re even more like me, you feel pain for their grief, but aren’t quite sure how you can help. Luckily, there are some fine offerings right here at Pet Perennials that can do the talking for you. They are a great way to demonstrate that you care.

Pet loss is a hard burden to bear. This type of grief isn’t typically viewed the same as other types of grief, and there can be a stigma attached to talking about it. There’s a good chance that a friend or loved one is just waiting for someone to start a conversation about their feelings and sadness. This World Pet Memorial Day, let that person be you, and start that conversation with a heartfelt gift.

Father’s Day

With everything going on in the world today, there’s something comforting about the idea of Father’s Day. Dear old dad is someone you can depend on, for guidance and support. Fathers teach us. They provide for us. And they love us.

It’s this type of fatherly wisdom and encouragement the world needs right now. We need to focus on the future, on hope and optimism, and learn to roll with the punches for now. We need to heed the advice of picking ourselves off the ground, of working hard, of finishing well.

So, with that in mind, be sure to reach out to dear old dad this Father’s Day. Many of you may be in the position to go and visit him in person - I suggest you do it. For those that can’t, a phone call or even a video call is a good substitute. I know Sorsha plans on Face-timing me.

Tell him you miss him. Tell him you love him. Just don’t forget to tell him.

Summer Breeze

Many states across the country are loosening the restrictions related to the pandemic. As such, it is time for pet lovers across the nation to get back outdoors! Warm, sunny days are calling, and most of us want to spend some time outside with our furry friends.

If you can get out to a dog park or hiking trail with your pooch, now is the time to do it (especially before the temperatures get any hotter!). Some catch or frisbee may also be on the docket, if you’re able.

Still stuck with restrictions? That’s ok, you can still have some close-to-home summer fun. Many dogs love to play in water, so fire up that garden house. Need an evening activity? Consider setting up a tent and do some front lawn camping!

In any case, let the warm weather start to melt your worries and cares away. Get outside and enjoy some sun with your dog!

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