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Dog Days Calendar

Dog Days Calendar for 2023-2024 year
To help Dog Lovers  keep track of the top dog holidays and canine celebrations worldwide here is a month-to-month comprehensive list of Dog Holidays and awareness days with the the history, dates, and activity surrounding these special days. Help us Help us 

Calendar of the top dog holidays and canine celebrations worldwide for 2023-2024 year

September 2023

Thursday 28 September - Remember Me Thursday (Held on the fourth Thursday in September)

October 2023

Wednesday 11 October - National Pet Obesity Awareness Day in USA (Held on the second Wednesday of October)
Friday 13 October - International Vet Nurse Day (Held on the second Friday of October)

November 2023

December 2023

January 2024

February 2024

Friday 23 February - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt); National Dog Biscuit Day in US

March 2024

Thursday 7 March - Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show held in Birmingham, England); Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (First Saturday in March)
Saturday 16 March - National Corndog Day or Corn Dog Day in US (observed the third Saturday in March since 1992)

April 2024

Monday 8 April - National Dog Bite Prevention Week in US (the second full week of April ); National Dog Fighting Awareness Day in US (As part of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April, the ASPCA)
Sunday 14 April - National Pet ID Week in US (Third Full Week of April starting with Sunday)
Sunday 21 April - Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day (They are related to the Asiatic Mastiff, which, according to historical records, lived in Mesopotamia around 4,000 BC)

May 2024

Sunday 5 May - Mayday for Mutts (First Sunday in May)
Monday 6 May - Puppy Mill Action Week in US (Begins the Monday before Mother's Day)
Saturday 18 May - World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)

June 2024

Sunday 2 June - National Dog Day in Argentina (Día Nacional del Perro); Pet Appreciation Week (First Full Week in June)
Monday 10 June - Animal Rights Awareness Week ( Begins from the third week of June)
Monday 17 June - Take Your Dog to Work Week in US (Celebrated Monday after National Father's Day)

July 2024

Monday 15 July - Get Out of the Doghouse Day (The original idea came from the symbolism in the 1911 Peter Pan novel written by J. M. Barrie in chapter16 when Mr. Darling goes out and sleeps in the dog kennel, remorseful of not paying enough attention to his family and allowing his children to be kidnapped); National Pet Fire Safety Day in US
Wednesday 17 July - National Hot Dog Day in USA (While it’s unclear exactly when the hot dog was invented, many people attribute it to sausages developed during the 13th century in Germany)
Thursday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.)
Wednesday 31 July - Mutt's Day (By definition a mutt, sometimes called a "Half-breed", is a dog that is of mixed breed)

August 2024

Sunday 4 August - International Assistance Dog Week (Starts on First Sunday in August)
Monday 26 August - US & UK National Dog Day (was founded by a woman - Colleen Paige - in 2004); International Dog Day (supported by the International Fund for the Protection of Animals)

September 2024

Saturday 21 September - Responsible Dog Ownership Day (Third Saturday in September); Puppy Mill Awareness Day (Third Saturday in September)
Sunday 22 September - National Dog Week in USA (Last Full Week of September); National Deaf Dog Awareness Week in US (Last Full Week in September)
Monday 23 September - Dogs in Politics Day; Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week (Last Full Week in September); National Deaf Pet Awareness Week in USA (Held in the last full week of September)

About dog special days

"Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong." – W.R. Purche
The bond between humans and dogs is like no other—they’re our companions, always along for the ride no matter what ups and downs life brings. They show us joy and make us laugh, and even listen to us like they know exactly what we’re saying. They greet us at the door every day, love us unconditionally, and even help humans live longer, happier lives.
Science has shown that dogs are naturally more sociable with humans than they are with other dogs – they’ll approach, wagging and interested, and often choose the human over another dog. They get a surge of oxytocin – the ‘love’ hormone – when they interact with their humans. Isn’t it time to show love for that furry family member in return? We know, that you celebrate your four-legged best friend 365 days a year, but on a few special canine-inspired holidays, we have an opportunity to give them an extra dash of love and appreciation.

International Dog’s Festivals
There are 3 International Events that also celebrate dogs in a big way.
  1. St. Francis Day
    Held on October 4 In Italy, this event marks the feast day of St. Francis, the Catholic patron saint of animals. The day of his death then commemorates as the feast of St. Francis of Assisi which includes animal blessing ceremony. On this day, hundreds of people bring their pets to church to hear a special mass and to have their animals blessed by a priest.
  2. St. Roch’s Day Parade (the Fiesta de San Roque)
    St. Roch or Rocco is the Catholic patron saint of dogs. Legend says that St. Roch got infected with plague. Not wanting to infect the others, he stumbled into the woods, hurt, sick and dying until he met a hunting dog that licked and healed his wounds. The dog also took care of him by bringing him bread to eat until he miraculously made a full recovery. From this story, a dog with bread in its mouth has become a symbol of Saint Roch and is usually portrayed with him. Countries like Bolivia celebrate St. Roch’s Day on August 16 with special parades where dogs dress up with colorful ribbons and march together.
  3. Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade
    This Halloween parade has been celebrated for over 25 years in New York City. Every year, pets flock to this dog park in their best duds, all vying to win big at the pet costume contest. Apart from looking scary cute, the contest winners also go home with cash prizes.
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