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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
September 15, 2012
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Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

Whether you're new to dog ownership, or a long-time friend; have a puppy, or care for a senior dog; own a purebred, or a cross from the rescue center; regardless of your situation, your dog is precious to you.

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National Dog Week


September is a big month for dog owners everywhere, thanks to National Dog Week, celebrated in the fourth week of September every year. This is a tradition that's been going on for 84 years, ever since Captain Will Judy started it in 1928. He wanted a way for Americans to celebrate the memories of dogs that served in the war. It's now become a celebration of all dogs, young or old, of all breeds. The idea of the week is for dog owners to learn about the responsibilities that they have towards their pets.

There are a lot of ways that you can celebrate dog week to show your four legged friend that you care. If you have kids, some arts and crafts can be a great way to have some fun with the theme. Drawing pictures of the family dog or making paper cutouts is a fun activity for the kids. If you want to devote some extra attention to your dog, spend an extra 20 minutes a day this week playing with him and pampering him.

You can also set aside a day this week to Visit Your Veterinarian for that checkup that you've been putting off. It's important to make sure your dog is kept up to date on all of his shots, and this is a perfect time to do so. They may not appreciate the gesture, but it's something that will contribute to a longer, happier life for them. You could also purchase some new toys or a special type of doggie treat that they've never had before.

Above all, just remember all the happiness and joy that you've gotten from your pet pooch over the years. If you don't own a dog, this is also a great time to think about adopting. Dogs in shelters that have been abandoned are in need of care and love, and you could be just the person to give it to them.

There's a story about how dogs came to be called “Man's Best Friend” and it involves a young Missouri lawyer named George Graham Vest, who later went on to become a U.S. Senator. In the story (which is true), Vest was the lawyer for a man who was suing his neighbor for killing his dog. He made a rousing speech to the jury that has come to be known as the “Tribute to the American Dog.” Here's an excerpt:

“The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.”

George Vest won the case.

Remember this as you go into National Dog Week in 2012 and never forget everything that your dog gives you.

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