National Puppy Day is March 23

We wish every day were National Puppy Day here at The Barking Lot. But alas..the people over at came up with the idea that people from all over the world could celebrate this special occasion together on March 23.

Back in 2006, founder Colleen Paige created National Puppy Day to honor the joy and unconditional love that puppies bring.  The holiday was also designed to help encourage adoption and to shine a light on the terrors associated with puppy mills.

Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige, is passionate about animals and has made it her life’s work to help better their lives. She also created National Dog Day, National Cat Day and a number of other animal holidays.

The number of puppy mills are on the rise in the U.S. as 8,000 to 10,000 breeders exist today. Pet stores sell puppies bred from puppy mills where the dogs are crammed into cages, denied basic health care and raised without being properly socialized. While there is an overpopulation of dogs due to lack of spaying and neutering, female dogs are usually abandoned or killed once they are no longer fertile.

Adoption gives purebred and mixed breed dogs the opportunity to find forever homes and National Puppy Day advocates adoption over purchasing puppies from pet stores.

Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

There are many ways to say “I Love You” to your furry best friend. Here are a few unique ideas we found from some puppy lovers around the U.S.

One couple include their rescue dogs in their bridal party photos – what could be better than starting your new life with a bit of puppy love!

One Uber driver took a few shelter animals along for a ride. Imagine the look of surprise on the faces of his passengers!

There are also lots of fun traditional ways to show your dog how much you care. Consider these ideas:

Throw a puppy party. Invite some of your pet’s besties over, dish out a few puppy-friendly treats and let your pooches do the rest!

Knit your puppy a new sweater from an over-sized sock.  Check out this video for step-by-step instructions on creating your dog’s warmest gift.

Take a hike, treat your pet to a day of dog grooming or simply do a bit of dog walking.

Whatever you do, know that your pet will appreciate quality time spent with you.  If you know your puppy needs some extra attention, bring them over!  Sign up for some open play time!


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