The New Year, well, more specifically, the days leading up to the New Year is my favorite time. I’m not overly focused on setting concrete goals or making grand New Year’s resolutions that often feel unattainable by March. What I enjoy is the self-reflection about what I did during 2022 that was enjoyable or worthwhile and what I’d like to carry over or tweak in 2023.
Last year, my rescue Emmy, pictured above partying hard in her 2023 glasses, injured her back. It forced our family to slow down, relax and give Emmy the time she needed to heal. Slowing down is a challenge with two young (and very active) boys! But we slowly slowed down, and Emmy also slowly healed and is now happily causing all sorts of mischief in our house, again. Slowing down was good for all of us. We plan to do some more slowing down — leisurely walks, more cuddle time, baking those homemade dog treats I’ve been planning to do for months — in 2023.
What did you enjoy doing with your dog in 2022 and how will you keep those good feelings going in the new year? We always love to hear about any challenges or achievements you and your dog have. Take a look at our January dog events and maybe some happenings around the country will spark a few 2023 ideas for your fur family.
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Monthly dog holidays, January 2023
Train Your Dog Month
Walk Your Dog Month
Daily dog holidays, January 2023
January 2, 2023: Pet Travel Safety Day
January 6, 2023: Standard Poodle Day
January 7, 2023: Alaskan Malamute Day
January 8 , 2023: Labrador Retriever Day
January 9, 2023: Australian Shepherd Day
January 13, 2023: French Bulldog Day
January 14, 2023: Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 17,2023: Boxer Day
January 22, 2023: Yorkshire Terrier Day
January 24, 2023: Change a Pet’s Life Day
January 24, 2023: Peanut Butter Day! Read our article on what peanut butters are OK for dogs to eat.
January 29, 2023: Seeing Eye Guide Dog Anniversary
January 2023 dog events
Nov 3 – Jan 15,2023: Photo exhibition at The Haggis Museum Stockton, CA. For more information visit hagginmuseum.org.
Jan 5-8, 2023: MyDog2023. One of Europe’s largest dog shows. Takes place at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, Gothenberg, Sweden. Click here for more information.
Jan 6-8, 2023: Super Pet Expo. Fun, shopping, adoption, education and more. Held in Edison, NJ. To learn more, visit superpetexpo.com
Jan 14-18, 2023: 40th Annual Veterinary Meeting and Expo. Veterinarian professionals share the latest advances in animal medicine at the world’s most comprehensive veterinary conference. Held in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, click here.
Jan 24 – Feb 28, 2023: To kick off Change a Pet’s Life Day on Jan. 24, JC Penney is partnering with 10 animal shelters nationwide and photographing adoptable senior dogs through its Portraits by Lifetouch program. The photos will be displayed on JC Penney’s website. JCPenney is also donating $1,000 to each shelter and giving a $500 gift card toward pet supplies.
Jan 27-29,2023: Word of Pets Expo. Education and fun consumer pet expo. Held at Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD. For more information, click here.
Jan 28-29, 2023: AKC Meet the Breeds. Showcasing more than 100 different dog breeds, this family-friendly event gives dog lovers the chance to meet and play with dogs and puppies, talk to experts and see demonstrations of athletic and working dogs. Takes place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit akc.org/meetthebreeds.
Want to see what dog holidays are coming up in 2023? Check out Dogster’s dog holiday list.