July is a time of fireworks, summer picnic and beach waves. Because of that, there are some themed doggy holidays this month. Here's the holidays you can celebrate with your pup, or about your pup.
National Lost Dog Prevention Month
The 4th of July is the day when most pets go missing. Why? Because of the loud, startling noises. Fireworks might be fun for us, but they can be very scary for dogs. Even though the 4th of July is now over, it's important to remember that fireworks shows can happen all throughout the month of July. Make sure that you always keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced-in yard. Microchipping them will help in case of an emergency. Try avoiding places you know there might be fireworks shows.
National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15th)
This holiday is run by The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services, and the American Kennel Club® (AKC). They all come together to increase awareness about the risks of fires in home and what to do if there's a fire emergency and your pets are home. For some important fire safety tips, you can go here.
National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day (July 21st)
This holiday is just what it sounds like! It's a great opportunity to give back to your local shelters, and gives you much more room for creativity than just a regular monetary donation. Sew Doggy Style, the founding website of this holiday, encourages you to sew cute (comfy) outfits for pups or adorable bandanas.
National Mutt Day (July 31st)
Mutts are so well-loved that they get two holidays per year! National Mutt Day is a holiday that specifically celebrates, well, mutts! You can celebrate this doggy holiday by donating to your local shelters (who often have mutts) or taking the day to spoil your own mutt.
However you celebrate July, with dog holidays or regular holidays, make sure you celebrate with your pup!