A Dad and His Dog: The Ides (and Other Days) of March

Lori Davidson | 01 March, 2022


          
            PetPerennials.com Flying a kite and other March fun times

 Zack Manko and his dog Sorcha share some great reasons to celebrate with your dog, all month long! Oh, and seeing how March is usually a windy month, don't forget to spend time outside flying a kite! Sorcha says to remember to take the pups along for the fun too! We're certain your entire crew is ready to be outside!

 

The month of March offers many days to celebrate. Maybe it’s because March typically marks the end of winter, or at least the season’s last icy gasps. Maybe it’s because March contains many religious holidays. Whatever the reason, there are lots of days in March that will cause you to be happy to be a dog owner.

While St. Patrick’s Day  is March’s heavy-hitter holiday, this month has plenty of other reasons to celebrate. Just take a look below at some of the standout days (and these are just the dog-centric ones!). So, keep that calendar open and get ready to save the date as we go through some of March’s best dog-idays.

 

March 3rd - National If Pets Had Thumbs Day

Kicking off our list is something a bit bizarre. National If Pets Had Thumbs Day is a silly holiday that asks us to imagine a world where our furry companions had opposable thumbs. Just consider the possibilities of your dog having the same hand dexterity you do. I can only imagine this would make it even easier for Sorsha to open doors. 

 

Mar 13 - National K9 Veterans Day

This holiday was established to honor the service provided by dogs in our military, National K9 Veterans Day celebrates four-legged heroes from every branch of the service. While all service dogs are celebrated this day, some extra special commemorations include these heroes:

  • Stubby, America’s original dog of war that fought in WWI
  • Chips, the most decorated dog of WWII
  • Lex, a dog whose Marine handler was killed in action
  • Cairo, a Navy SEAL dog that was involved with the raid on Osama bin Laden

If you know a military hero, or their canine counterpart, be sure to thank them for their service today!

 

March 13-17 - National Wildlife Week 

Our country, with all its diversity in climates and natural landscapes, has a truly extraordinary range of wild critters to explore. The National Wildlife Federation started National Wildlife Week to promote conservation and celebrate American wildlife.                                     

If you are the outdoorsy type, this is the perfect opportunity to get outside for a hike. Naturally, you should bring your four-legged companion along, but remember to be smart and be safe. You might consider your dog “wild,” but that doesn’t mean that they will get along with wildlife!

While hiking or engaging in other activities that may take you near wildlife, be sure to have control over your pet at all times—never leave them unattended. Avoid picking up or hand-feeding wildlife, as your canine might get protective and try to get in between the two of you. Also, before you even hit the trail, check with local agencies to see what kind of critters live near you, so you won’t have any surprise encounters!

 

March 20th/21st - Spring Equinox

Ahh, the first day of Spring! After a long winter, many of us (with two legs and four) are looking forward to warmer weather and longer days. If you live in a rainy area, the early weeks of Spring are more like “mud season,” but you can still get out and about and get some fresh air!

Also known as the vernal equinox, this is one of the two times a year when there is an equal amount of day and nighttime. That means from here until the height of summer, you’ll have more and more time to get outside to spend with your furry friends!

 

March 23rd - National Puppy Day

Spring is a great time for new beginnings—like maybe the start of a new companionship. This is one reason that National Puppy Day falls at the beginning of this season.

Cute, cuddly, and adorable, many people opt to adopt a puppy when pet shopping. However, you should be sure to do your research and make an honest assessment before making any final decisions. If you’re shopping for you or somebody else, be sure to go through the dos and don'ts of choosing a pet .

 

March 28th - Respect Your Cat Day 

OK, we know we said this was all about dog days, but there’s nothing wrong with throwing our feline friends a bone—or some catnip, I guess—every once in a while. March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day, so if you have a kitty, give them some extra love today!

 

March 30th - National Take a Walk in the Park Day

What dog doesn’t love the sight of their leash or to hear their master ask if they want to go for a walk? Some fresh air and warm weather will do both of you some good, so gear up and hit up the local park! The birds will be chirping, the sun will be shining, and you may meet some other dog-walkers to spark up a conversation with. It could even be the perfect opportunity to share some Pet Perennials gift ideas with them!

Is that little curated slice of nature too far? No worries, just take a stroll around the block. You might be pleasantly surprised with how your neighborhood looks on foot, in comparison to just driving through.

Before you go, make sure you have the right equipment. Check to see if your dog’s leash or collar was damaged by the winter weather. If there is still salt on the ground from winter, you may want to invest in some pet boots, or at least inspect their paws when you are done. You should also wear a coat and warm up with some light stretching before you hit the trail. Also, don’t forget that water bottle!

 

The Days of March, and Many More

The dog and dog-adjacent holidays are just a few of the days of March. However, don’t let these be the only reason you do something with your furry companion. Our dogs, cats, and other pets are there for us throughout the long winter months. As the weather warms up, let’s return the favor by taking them for a walk or celebrating and rewarding their loyalty in other ways.

Happy Spring!

 

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