Wednesday marked another one of those national recognition days that, if I had not logged into Facebook, would have rolled past me like tumbleweed through a Western movie set.
National Dog Day gave canine owners incentive to share photos of their pets and reasons why those four-legged friends are such important parts of their lives. Let’s face it, dogs are key members of many families – they are like children in that they don’t have jobs, they spend most of their time laying around the house and they are incapable of folding laundry.
It’s no surprise there is a National Dog Day; nearly every day, week and month on the calendar has a recognition or awareness tied to it. I have to admit I forgot to give a shout-out to my brother, Bill, on Left Hander’s Day (Aug. 13), but preparations are (or, “Arrrrgh”) under way for International Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sept. 19) – which seems fitting, because that date was my father’s birthday and he tended to talk like a sailor when I misplaced his tools.
There are more than 50 annual special days that have been recognized by presidential proclamation, including Susan B. Anthony Day (Feb. 15), National Good Neighbor Day (Sept. 28) and Wright Brothers Day (Dec. 17). In addition, there are almost 20 weeks of recognition, among them World Trade Week and Farm-City Week. Calendars come preloaded with Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving marked prominently, but what about Captive Nations Week? Maybe that’s what is needed to take down North Korea’s Kim Jong-un (it likely would be more successful than the movie “The Interview”).
Back to National Dog Day, which is tale and whiskers above other recognition days simply for the fact that it has its own official song and music video. Singer Jade Hendrix croons “Over My Head” as her dog reclines in a polka-dot-lined guitar case. You’d think they would have selected something like “Bad to the Bone” or “Hound Dog Blues.”
A quick check of nationaldogday.com reveals that we seem to have jumped the gun – the date has been changed: “Although we have been celebrating National Dog Day on Aug. 26 for the last 11 years, this year it was brought to our attention that National Dog Day was drawing focus away from Women’s Equality Day. … (W)e are happy to permanently change the date of our celebration to Aug. 31, to end the Dogs Days of Summer with a grand celebration.”
That means Monday is another chance to spoil your already spoiled dog and pester your Facebook friends with more pictures of Fido wearing a hat and sunglasses. It’s said that every dog has his day – this year, he has two. I figure our three boys – Frank, Carlton and Ozzie – will again make a futile plea for bacon cupcakes and to be turned loose to trot around the neighborhood to mark everything as their own and make friends with the frog now living under our rose bushes.
Moving National Dog Day to Aug. 31 not only gives Women’s Equality Day its own date in the spotlight, it also leads directly into September, which is American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Month and Service Dog Month. It seems odd then that September also is Happy Cat Month.
The month recognition planners must have a sense of humor or at least an affection for irony: September also is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month (no, seriously, it is) and Update Your Resume Month.
Bob Satnan is the Communications Director for the Sedalia School District 200.