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National Pet Day – April 11 – Time to Bond with Your Pet

National Pet Day is a day close to the heart of all pet lovers. This special national day, founded in 2005, gives us a chance to show our pets how much we love them.

What does your pet really like to do? Maybe it’s going for a walk, or playing fetch.

Whatever they enjoy, today is the day to engage in those activities with them!

Earlier this year we had Cuddly Kitten Day, National Puppy Day and National Golden Retriever Day, but today is the day for pets in general.A collage for National Pet Day with two images - the top image is of a large grey cat with amber eyes on a hardwood floor, and the bottom photos is of three dogs sitting together in a field.

It is fun to discover more about pets by giving them national days to honor them. Check out Black Cat Appreciation Day and National Ferret Day for other unusual national pet days. 

Fun facts about pets

Here are some facts about pets that you may not know.A plain green background with the text "Fun Facts About Pets" at the top, and a clipart black cat at the bottom next to a clipart dog in a bubble bath.

  • Cats have 64 muscles in their two ears!
  • Pet owners spend over $60 billion dollars on their pets each year.
  • Nearly 80 million households in the United States have a pet.
  • 80 million pets dogs and almost 86 million pet cats have a home in the US.
  • Parrots are the nation’s fourth most popular pet. (Did you know that lovebirds – one of the symbols of Valentine’s Day) are a variety of parrot?)
  • Goldfish can live 30-40 years as a pet, in the right conditions.
  • Adult dogs normally have about 42 teeth
  • The average cat sleeps about 13 to 14 hours per day.

If you enjoyed learning these pet facts, make sure to check out our post with 30+ facts about pets!

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Ways to celebrate National Pet Day

Giving your pet some extra attention is really all they want from you, but here are some other ideas.A collage of photos of a German shepherd dog on various points during her walk, with a text overlay that reads "why dogs make good walking buddies".

  • Take your pooch for a walk. They love this time spent with you and it helps you to get fit.
  • Give your pet their favorite treat.
  • Read quotes about black cats, learn the mythology surrounding them, and discover the national day devoted to them.
  • Donate to an Animal shelter or pet welfare organization.
  • Keep your dog happy by engaging in a game of fetch with your dog and other fun ideas.
  • Take treats and toys to your local animal shelter.
  • Go on a road trip with your pet.
  • Find a new toy to treat your pet.
  • Head to an animal shelter to consider adopting a rescue pet.
  • Share pictures of your pet with your friends on social media.
  • Looking for a new pet?  Adopt instead of buying. There are thousands of neglected and unwanted animals just looking for love and attention. 
  • Use the hashtags #nationalpetday and #petday to help spread awareness of this day to your pet loving friends.
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One fun way to celebrate national pet day is to take photos of your pet. Here are some of the pets we have owned over the years.

A black cat curled up next to a brown pair of shoes in a living room.

Rosie was our first pet. She lived for 13 years and had a fondness for shoes!

A German shepherd dog laying in front of a Christmas tree with Christmas presents around him.

Rusty was a stray. We found his original owners and they later decided to get rid of him and contacted us. We had him for 8 years. His nickname was “Big Boy.”

A German shepherd dog laying on a bed.

Frannie came to us from a breeder who could no longer breed her. She lived to the age of 10 and was with us 5 years.

A German shepherd dog on a park bench with her tongue out.

Ashleigh came from the same breeder as Frannie (with her sister Sassy). She was my walking buddy! We had her for 11 years and she died on the day of my mother’s funeral.

A German shepherd laying on a green rug next to a baseball themed dog toy.

Sassy was Ashleigh’s sister and could not have been more different. She loved dog toys. The two litter mates are Frannie’s grandchildren.

Having Sassy for 10 years, was so special because it was almost like having Frannie back with us. They were two peas in a pod!

A German shepherd dog with large ears and a black and white collar staring into the camera.

Layla was a shelter dog that we fostered for almost one year. She had epilepsy and many other health problems but was one of the most good natured dogs out there.

A German shepherd in the back seat of a car on a blanket next to a box of treats and toys.

Baron was the last dog that we had. He also was a foster dog and was with us about a year. He had the sweetest nature and we miss him terribly.

There are close to 2000 national days. Be sure not to miss a single one of them. Check back often to see what is new on the site. See what other special days there are to celebrate this month in the list of national days in April.

Also if you like to do puzzles, be sure to download my free April word search printable.

National Pet Day is the perfect day to show some extra love to your own pet, or to visit an animal shelter to bond with some of their pets. Pets are so important in our lives. Let’s show them how much they mean to us today.

For other fun national days in April, have a look at National Garlic Day, National Picnic Day and Go Birding Day and our YouTube video on the national days this month!

Do you have a picture of your pet? Upload it to the comments below so that we can say hello!

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