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March Happenings

Observed All Month Poison Prevention Awareness Month Women’s History Month Observed for the Week March 6 – 12:  Professional Pet Sitters Week (Observed First Full week in March) March 20 – 26:  National Poison Prevention Week Special Days March 1:  Mardi Gras March 2: Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins March 3:  If Pets Had Thumbs Day …

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National Dog Biscuit Day

Origin of the Special Day Did you know that February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day?  Until recently, neither did I!  I’ve seen references to National Dog Biscuit Day, International Dog Biscuit Day, National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, as well as other variations, but, to tell you the truth, it doesn’t seem like anyone actually …

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National Mutt Day and National Mixed Breed Awareness Day

National Mutt Day occurs on December 2, and National Mixed Breed Awareness Day occurs on July 31.  Both of these days invite us to celebrate the blessings in our lives that mixed breed dogs are!  National Mutt Day Colleen Paige is the well-known animal welfare and pet expert who created National Mutt Day.    Considered …

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National Underdog Day

National Underdog Day has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with canines!  WHAT Is National Underdog Day?  Established by Peter Moeller, National Underdog Day occurs on the third Friday in December (December 17 this year) and was first observed in 1976.  The term is used to mean that the “underdog” is “the dog that lost the fight.”   …

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December Pet Awareness Days and Events

Here are your December 2021 Pet (and People) Awareness Days and Events:  Month-Long Events Safe Toys and Gifts Month Week-Long Events November 28 – December 6:  Hanukkah  December 26 – January 1:  Kwanzaa Awareness Days December 2:  National Mutt Day (On July 31 this is called National Mixed Dog Breed Day) December 3:  National Roof …

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Happy Birthday, Minnie Mouse!

Betcha didn’t know that Minnie Mouse appeared in other pictures before hitting it big with Mickey in Steamboat Willie!  It All Started in 1928  In 1928, Walt Disney created a human-like mouse character named Minerva Mouse and nicknamed her “Minnie.”  The nickname “stuck,” and that’s the name she has made famous.  Just as he had …

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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

Did you know that Mickey Mouse was not Walt Disney’s first successful cartoon personality?  And did you know that Steamboat Willie was not Mickey’s public debut performance?  Read on, my friend.  Oswald? Who is Oswald? In January 1927, executives at Winkler Pictures told Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks that Universal Pictures was desiring to get …

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10 Things I Betcha Didn’t Know About Halloween

Thinking about today being Halloween (well, yesterday, now), I was wondering whether any kids would come Trick-or-Treating. They didn’t, but it got me GTSing, and now the question is: Did You Know . . . ?  Trick-or-Treating Has Existed Since Medieval Times.  In medieval times in Scotland and Ireland, trick-or-treating was called “guising.”  Much like …

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