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Thankful for My Dog Day: When It Is & How to Celebrate

Written by: Rachel Giordano

Last Updated on April 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Thankful for My Dog Day: When It Is & How to Celebrate

Dogs bring much joy to our lives, and they deserve a day reserved just for their owners to celebrate them. Luckily, owners can celebrate their pooches on Thankful for My Dog Day, held every November 23 of each year. You can celebrate the day in many ways with your canine pal, and in this post, we’ll list the ways you can show your dog that you’re thankful for him.

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When and Why Was Thankful for My Dog Day Invented?

The holiday was invented in 2020 by M.Y.O.S. Canine Muscle Formula, a company that creates products for dogs that help support muscle growth while preventing muscle loss to increase a dog’s quality of life as they age.

The holiday was created to show appreciation to dogs for their company, making us laugh, cheering us up when we’re down, being loyal, and countless other ways that they bring joy to us humans. This day is especially dear to those with disabilities who depend on their service dogs to help in everyday life.

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How to Celebrate Thankful for My Dog Day

Looking for ways to celebrate? Check out these ideas below:

1. Spend Quality Time Together

Take the day off if you can and take your dog to their favorite places or engage in their favorite activities. If your dog loves the local dog park, take them there to play with other doggie friends. If your dog loves the water, schedule a day on the water for some fun in the sun. Take them to Starbucks for a Puppuccino or Chick-fil-A for their special doggie treat (these are not on the menu; all you do is ask!).

Does your dog excel in agility? Schedule a time in the day for your doggie to compete to show off their skills. In short, whatever your dog’s favorite activity, ensure you show them you are thankful by allowing them to have a day of fun doing what they love.

2. Buy Special Gifts

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What better way to say you appreciate your pup than buying new toys and treats? Take your dog to your local pet store and let them pick out what they want. Or stop by the pet store on the way home from work and surprise your pup with a new toy or treat when you walk in the door.

4. Set Up a Playdate

If your doggie kiddo has other four-legged furry friends, set up a playdate with those friends for a day of fun and play. Meet up at a favorite park or take your pup and another doggie friend to a pet-friendly café for some extra attention from passersby.

5. Show Off Your Dog on Social Media

Get your favorite photos and videos of your dog and post them to social media to show how thankful you are for them. You can read the sweet comments to your dog, even though they won’t know what you’re saying. Nonetheless, they will appreciate your tone and attention.

6. Give Extra Love

Shower your dog with extra cuddles, rubs, and kisses. Our dogs show us extra affection when we’re down and know when we’re sad. They lift us up by giving tail wags, kisses on the nose, and snuggling up—you can return the favor on Thankful for My Dog Day.

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Thankful for My Dog Day is a terrific way to show your dog how much you appreciate them. The best way to celebrate it is by letting your dog do whatever they love, like swimming, hiking, going to the dog park, or other places your dog fancies. Don’t forget to buy them a special toy and treats and give them plenty of love and hugs.

One last thing: don’t forget to mark your calendar for November 23 each year so you don’t miss the celebrations!

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