Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 14th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Did you know that today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day? I called a dozen well educated friends on the telephone this morning and asked them if they knew what today was and I received some mighty intriguing responses, but none of those responses was “National Dress Up Your Pet Day” and they were all pet lovers.

Breakfast on Walch's Mountain

The idea for this article came to me as my wife and I sat at the kitchen table eating breakfast this morning. I was watching Sergeant Preston and Major Barbara frolicking in the six foot snowdrifts outside the kitchen window. As I watched them play, my wife asked me if I knew what Monday was. I did of course. Sure I shot back everybody knows that the third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not to be outdone, I asked her, “Do you know what today is?” A retired schoolteacher and a fount of trivial knowledge, she replied, “Why today is the clarinet was invented in Nuremberg, Germany in 1690.” I did not know that, but I was not surprised that she did because she once played in an orchestra, the Third Violin, as she tells it. Pointing out the window at the dogs, I said, “Do you know what today is for them?” She just sat looking at me, looking perplexed.

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

The National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a time for you to dress your dog or cat in cute little costumes and show them off. A time for you to take pictures of them and then enter those pictures in a cutest dressed up pet contest. It is a fun day for you and your pet. Today is a frivolous holiday for you and your companion, but there are many more serious ones that everyone needs to know about, and I am going to be telling you all about them in my next few articles.

January is National Walk Your Pet Month

This is a weighty one because 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are either overweight or obese. Those figures are based on a 2009 survey conducted by the Association for the Prevention of Pet Obesity. A similar study conducted by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, shows that 34.2 percent of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight and 33.8 percent are considered obese. Therefore, walking your pet twice a day is a win-win situation for you and your little companion. You will help him get the exercise that he needs to lose weight, and by helping him regain his sleek, muscular form, you'll regain yours too. Why not start the new year off right by resolving to take your pet for long walks every day?

January is also National Train Your Dog month.

A well mannered dog is a happy dog. Make training your dog some basic obedience commands your second pet oriented resolution for the new year. If you cannot afford to send your dog to obedience school, get a book or video on the subject and teach your companion yourself. It will be a delightful learning experience for both of you, and it will strengthen the bond between you. A well-trained dog is also less likely to dash into the street and be hit when out for a walk.

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Cat, Cat Care, Cat Owners, Cats, Cats And Humans, Dog, Dog Activities, Dog Games, Dog Pictures, Dog Tips, Dogs, Obedience, Obedient

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar TNT_Brian
15th Jan 2011 (#)

interesting article Jerry. Those figures you quoted are astonishing. I can hardly believe that there is a significantly higher occurance of overweight and obesity in pets than in people. Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2011 (#)

They struck me the same way TNT until I stopped to think about it. So many pets, especially dogs, reside in small, city dwellings, where they have little opportunity for proper exercise. So many people take their dogs for a short walk around the block in the morning and again at night so they can do whatever they have to do and then it's back inside again.. Once inside they become couch potatoes just like their owners.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice article Jerry and one that needs to be taken serious but, I do love the dress your dog up day.
After my next few articles this weekend. I am going to have to take a break, if I don't comment on your articles, please my friend, do not take offense.
Your work is important and helps so many.
Some times we just have to know when to say it's enough, your body needs some rest.
As always, Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2011 (#)

I do understand, Denise. Take care of yourself. You will be missed by all of us.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

This, without a doubt, has earned star page. good job.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Martin.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Yes, Mark, but, as I said in my article, The Dress Up Your Pet Day, was the trivial part of the article. The important part was the Walk Your Pet Month part and that it's just the first in a whole series of similar article that I will be doing here on Wikinut.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice article,thanks

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author avatar Barbara10Broek
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Good article, there is a mention of this on my blog, http://booksbybarbara.blogspot.com/

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Geny.
Thanks Barbara.

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author avatar Stable
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Love the national dressing up day! I was surprised to read about the weight problems, not good

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