January 14th – National Dress-up Your Pet Day
January 14th is National Dress-up Your Pet Day! This is your opportunity to show off your pet’s great sense of style. Give your pet a day of love and pampering. Visit your local pet store to find an adorable, sassy, or funny outfit. Or, use your imagination and make your own creative ensemble from things you have at home. Just make sure your pet is comfortable and happy; not all pets enjoy this type of attention. We want pictures! Send them to our Facebook page.
January 29th – National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Day
National Seeing Eye Guide Dog Day is January 29th. On this day in 1929, The Seeing Eye, the oldest existing guide dog school in the world, was started. Since then, The Seeing Eye has partnered with people who are blind who seek to enhance their independence, dignity, and self-confidence through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.
In 1927, a young man named Morris Frank read an article about dogs being trained as guides for blinded veterans of World War I. Frustrated by his own lack of mobility as a blind person, he was inspired to write to its author for help. Dorothy Harrison Eustis was an American training German shepherd dogs in Switzerland, and when she received Morris Frank’s letter, she agreed to help him. He promised he would return to the United States and spread the word about these wonderful dogs. In 1928, having completed instruction in Switzerland, he arrived in New York City, proving the ability of his dog Buddy before throngs of news reporters. His one-word telegram to Mrs. Eustis told the entire story…“Success.” The Seeing Eye was born, with the dream of making the entire world accessible to people who are blind.
Coming up in February…
February 1st Groundhog Day
February 20th Love your pet day
February 22nd Spay Day
February 23rd Dog Biscuit Day
February 27th International Polar Bear Day