- National Dog Parent Appreciation Day
National Dog Parent Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on April 19. This day is dedicated to all the incredible, hard-working dog parents who look after their pups with great care and responsibility. While being a dog parent is one of the greatest joys in the world, it is also a time-consuming and detail-oriented task that is no easy feat. We must use this day to appreciate those who fulfill the responsibilities and challenges of being a dog parent and give beautiful, wholesome lives to the pups of the world.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL DOG PARENT APPRECIATION DAY
While it is challenging to pinpoint the exact period that dogs came into existence, it is safe to say that they have been around for centuries. Dogs are believed to be descendants of ancient wolves and continue to have a resemblance with modern-day wolves.
The domestication of dogs, however, did not come into place right at the beginning of their existence. Canine domestication began between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago, as feral wolves are thought to have been drawn to human settlements to scavenge for leftover food. They began to travel alongside nomads over time, and a sort of natural selection for domestication emerged.
According to studies, China, the Middle East, and Europe were among the first regions to domesticate modern-day dogs. Since then, dogs have carved out a unique place for themselves in society and our hearts. They serve as emotional support, protectors, and even family members for us. They require care and attention in exchange for all the love and joy they bring into our lives, and this is where the dog parents come into the picture.
From rigid food restrictions and schedules to uncontrollable and often unpredictable bathroom habits, dogs need their human parents to remain disciplined and healthy. Ensuring your dog is groomed regularly and doesn't eat anything that they are not supposed to can be tedious and requires significant time and effort from the dog's parents. This can be even more challenging for the parents who work and have to spend substantial time away from home. Being a dog parent is a lot of responsibility and requires sufficient time, energy, and resources.
National Dog Parent Appreciation Day is a day to remind these parents that their love and energy are appreciated by all and that they deserve all the puppy snuggles in the world for their hard work.
NATIONAL DOG PARENT APPRECIATION DAY ACTIVITIES
Appreciate dog parents
Whether you are a dog parent yourself or know someone who is, take this day to let them know they are valued and appreciated. It can be personalized, however big or small of a greeting you want — it's the thought that counts!
Spend the day with your dog children As a dog parent, there is nothing quite like seeing your four-legged child happy and healthy. Use this day to spend some quality time with your furry kid and immerse yourself in the joy of being a nurturing dog parent.
Share your story Share your National Dog Parent Appreciation Day content or dog parenting anecdotes on social media. Use the hashtag #ProudDogParents to join the national celebration.
So make sure you give your doggy parent extra hugs today because remember they chose you.