National Love Your Pet Day!!!

National Love Your Pet Day: When and How to Celebrate

Anyone out there who has a furry pal at home knows that pretty much every day is “love your pet” day. However, you might not realize that there is a special day dedicated to the endearing companions that make our lives better without even trying.

You probably already do your best to show your pets you care every day, but on the special holiday known as National Love Your Pet Day, you can go the extra mile. What is this holiday and where did it come from? What can you do to celebrate with your favorite pooch or kitty? Here’s the 411 on this pet-centric holiday.


National Love Your Pet Day falls on February 20th annually, so after you spend Valentine’s Day celebrating your love for that one special person in your life, turn your attention to the furry little friends that you love even more. On this holiday, pet lovers are encouraged to go above and beyond to show their pets just how much they care with special pampering and attention.

Your animals bring so much to your life, and on this day, you have the chance to reflect on the special relationship you share with your four-legged friends, as well as think about the best ways to keep them healthy and happy.


Not to be confused with National Pet Day, the holiday started by animal welfare advocate and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige on April 11, 2005, National Love Your Pet Day is set closer to Valentine’s Day to tie in to celebrations of love between people. Unfortunately, not much is known about the origins of this holiday and no one seems to be claiming credit.

Articles dating back to at least 2009 reference the holiday, but there doesn’t seem to be much information prior to then, so it’s hard to determine when and how National Love Your Pet day was first conceived. Luckily, you don’t need to know the history to celebrate with your pet pal.


There is no shortage of ways to show your pet you care on National Love Your Pet Day, including:

  • Grooming – A day at the spa will go a long way toward making your pet feel extra pampered. If you want to go all out, hire a pet photographer to conduct a photo shoot once your best friend looks extra cute.

  • Play time – Whether you take an extended trip to the dog park, bring home a few new toys, or build your cat an awesome jungle gym from cardboard boxes, playing with pets is a great way to keep their minds agile and their bodies healthy.

  • Treats – Can you think of a puppy or kitten that doesn’t love to gobble down treats? Just make sure to give pet-appropriate treats and follow guidelines on packaging. Avoid giving people food that could upset animal tummies.

  • Taking time – Many pets are pack animals, which means spending time with their people is the best gift of all. On this special holiday, take the time to do all you can to let your pets know that the unconditional love they feel is mutual.

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Happy President's Day!!!

President's Day


What does President's Day celebrate?

This holiday is most commonly called President's Day, but the federal holiday is officially called Washington's Birthday. The day honors all of the previous presidents of the United States.

When is President's Day celebrated?

The third Monday in February

Who celebrates this day?

Washington's Birthday is a national federal holiday. Many states celebrate Washington's Day while other states officially call the day President's Day. The holiday is held on or around President George Washington's birthday, which is on February 22nd. President Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, is also near this date and is often honored on President's day.

Fun Facts

In honor of President's Day we've put together some of our favorite fun facts about presidents:

  • George Washington was the only president unanimously elected. Meaning all of the state representatives voted for him.

  • John Adams died on the same day as Thomas Jefferson, July 4th, 1826. This day was also the 50th anniversary of the approval of the Declaration of Independence!

  • Thomas Jefferson was also an accomplished architect. He designed his famous home at Monticello as well as buildings for the University of Virginia.

  • James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution.

  • James Madison was the shortest president at 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 100 pounds. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches tall (Lyndon B. Johnson was also 6' 4").

  • James Monroe was the 5th president, but the 3rd to die on the 4th of July.

  • On the day he was shot, Lincoln told his bodyguard that he had dreamt he would be assassinated.

  • Abraham Lincoln often stored things like letters and documents in his tall stove-piped hat.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt met President Grover Cleveland when he was five years old. Cleveland said "I am making a wish for you. It is that you may never become president of the United States".

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television during a 1939 broadcast from the World's Fair.

  • At 42 years, 10 months, 18 days old Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest man to hold the office of president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest at 69 years 11 months. John F. Kennedy was the youngest to be elected president.

  • Teddy Roosevelt was blind in his left eye due to an injury in a boxing match.

  • When Ronald Reagan was shot by an assassin in 1981, he joked "I forgot to duck".

  • The "S" in Harry S. Truman does not stand for anything.

  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who was a Boy Scout.

  • Woodrow Wilson was buried at the Washington National Cathedral. He is the only president buried in Washington D.C.

  • Andrew Jackson was shot in the chest during a gun dual, but managed to stay standing and shoot and kill his opponent. The bullet could not be safely removed and remained in his chest for the next 40 years.

  • George W. Bush is the only president to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

  • Barack Obama won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his voice on the audio book Dreams From My Father.

  • After working at a Baskin-Robbins as a teen, President Obama no longer likes ice cream. Bummer!

  • Bill Clinton enjoys playing the saxophone and was a member of a band called "Three Blind Mice" in high school.

  • Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a citizen of the United States. The presidents before him were born as British subjects.

  • Martin Van Buren was the only president to speak English as a second language. His first language was Dutch.

  • William Henry Harrison was the 9th president. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, was the 23rd president.

  • John Tyler had 15 children. The White House must have been hopping!

  • James K. Polk was the first president to have his photograph taken while in office.

  • William Henry Harrison died just 32 days after becoming president. He died from a cold he got while standing in the rain giving his inauguration speech.