It’s that time of the year again… time to celebrate your dog. The last week of September not only marks the first day of fall, but a week of singing Fido’s praises in honor of National Dog Week.
First created in the late 1920s, National Dog Week was created as a way to not only promote responsible pet ownership, but to honor the special role dogs play in our lives.
Take some time out of your day to show your dog how appreciative you are of his quirky behaviors and laid-back attitude with these different ways to celebrate:
- Treat your dog to an at-home spa treatment. Splurge on a special shampoo, and give your dog a thorough cleaning. While you bond over the bubbles, you can also check for any bumps or bugs on your dog’s skin. If you don’t want to make a mess at home, there are plenty of self-dog-washing facilities in the area (and most of them will even help you get Fido in the tub!).
- Throw a party to celebrate! Everyone likes a good party, and your dog is no exception. Why not invite his friends over to celebrate? Make sure to doggie-proof your house before scattering toys of all shapes and sizes. You can even make doggie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!
- Incorporate your dog into your daily activities. Why not enjoy your morning coffee outside with your dog, forgo the gym for a jog with your four-legged friend, or even take your dog to the office with you. While it may not seem like much to you, it will mean the world to your dog.
- Go on an adventure! There are plenty of dog-friendly parks in the area to check out, like the Detroit Dog Park, which opened just last Spring as Detroit’s first true dog park. The park, now open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, is free and open to the public. In addition to this, multiple iconic parks in Detroit are dog-friendly; these include the Detroit Riverwalk, Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail, and Belle Isle.
- Make a donation to your local animal shelter. It doesn’t matter where you got your dog, making a donation is a great way to celebrate your dog’s honor. Donations in the form of cash, bags of food, or even a few hours of your time are always welcome. And just think – your donation means the opportunity for additional dogs to be celebrated!