Tuesday, March 23, 2010

National Puppy Day

Beefy, September 2005, 3 months old

March 23 is National Puppy Day! According to the National Puppy Day website, "National Puppy Day is a special day, recognized on March 23rd annually, to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further our mission for a national of puppy-free pet stores.

National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Pet Lifestyle Expert, Animal Behaviorist and Author, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day. This holiday, as well as others, are part of Colleen Paige's Animal Miracle Foundation & Network, a non-profit organization which offers financial assistance and educational programs ranging from pet cancer to fire safety and travel safety for kids and pets alike. AMF also hosts many wonderful holiday festivals and trade shows throughout each year and brings local shelter pets to these events hoping to find them a forever home."

Maggie, summer of 2009
Our last several dogs were rescues past puppy age- Ender and Boodles were about6 or 7 months old when they came to us, gangly adolescents; Juniper was adult at 2 1/2. My only regret about rescuing older dogs is that you do miss seeing them as puppies. But the dog park allows me to enjoy the antics of puppies. Here are some pictures of puppies we have known...

Homer (and Boodles) June 2009

Beefy, 2 months old, August, 2005

Gnarly, May 2009

To see more puppies, and vote on the cutest- go here. And for more about puppy mills, go here or to the In Defense of Animal's puppy mill site here.

Those of us living in Central Pennsylvania need to visit this site, but be warned, it is a tough site if you love animals. And not to forget residents of Missouri, where one will find the most puppy mills of any state. Visit here to see what is being done about it.

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