11 reasons to celebrate National Puppy Day
Few things in life are more adorable and amazing than puppies. That’s why there’s a special day to celebrate them — National Puppy Day, which is Saturday, March 23. In addition to celebrating all the happiness these magical little creatures can bring to your life, it’s a day to raise awareness about the issues facing homeless puppies in this country. It’s also a good reminder to adopt and not shop when you’re looking to add a playful, snuggly little friend to your family.
Whether you adopt a puppy from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, from a Best Friends Network partner, or from a shelter or rescue organization near you, you can feel good about saving a life. Of course, there are lots of other perks to having a puppy in your life and plenty of reasons to celebrate National Puppy Day. Here are just a few, brought to you by some recent graduates of Dogtown’s puppy preschool.
Puppies can add a little (or a lot) of spice to your life. Tobasco hugs Dogtown manager Julie Tasch, proving that he’s just as sweet as he is spicy.
They’ll melt your heart with those puppy dog eyes. Cholula, Tobasco’s brother, has already perfected the sad-puppy-dog-eyes look. He’s got some pretty adorable speckles going for him, too.
Puppies help you stay active. Fly, Swim and Hike all survived distemper after receiving intensive, round-the-clock care at the Sanctuary. Now, these happy, healthy and active pups have launched out into the world, where a lifetime of adventures await.
They’ll make you stand out in a crowd. Most people can’t pass by an adorable puppy without some oohs, aahs or squeals of delight. If you’ve got a puppy in tow, be prepared to be noticed.
Puppies know that sometimes you have to do a little digging around to find what you want in life, and they won’t judge you if you get a little bit of dirt on your face.
They are the epitome of all things soft, precious and sweet. Taco, a puppy with a cleft palate, was brought to Best Friends when he was just one day old. Since then he’s been growing and thriving in a loving foster home.
Puppies can bring people together. Whether you’re sitting on the couch or lying in the grass in the park, petting a puppy is a great thing to do together.
They demonstrate perfectly the importance of taking a break to catch a few z’s and recharge those batteries.
Puppies can help you find the closest fire hydrant, in case you need to put out any fires.
They have the softest, roundest, most amazing little bellies (and puppy breath is pretty sweet, too).
But the best thing of all is that puppies always know how to make you feel like the most important and loved person in the world.
Photos by Kyleigh Tyler, Molly Wald, Sarah Ause Kichas and Kurt Budde