National Dog Day
In case you missed it, it was Wednesday — but it’s never too late to rescue a dog…from NATIONALDOGDAY.COM
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige (also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day …to name a few).
National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first and if you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue to see if they might have just the dog you’re looking for.
When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references such as a vet. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting.
The roasters at Grimpeur Brothers Coffee have found a great way to raise awareness about mis-understood pitbulls — so drink more coffee..!
Did you know that there’s a movement to de-stigmatize rescue dogs who have cropped ears? The idea is to change the language from negative (chopped, mutilated, etc.) to the positive (love nubs!) so that dogs who are waiting in shelters and rescues aren’t judged by what a human did to them (and something they had no choice in). No, I’d never advocate someone crop a dog’s ears, but for Pitbulls in rescue, better to not make assumptions based on whether their ears flop or not.
There is a stereotype that dogs with cropped ears have been used for fighting, but this isn’t always the case… some people do it because of street style, or because a dog’s head looks bigger with cropped ears, or sometimes it’s because it used to be the breed standard. But none of that matters as much as a dog’s temperament and personality.
Just look at Wilma.
Record setting crowds came out Wednesday for the Walker Art Center’s annual event…
As 13,000 cat-video aficionados laid down blankets and found seats at St. Paul’s CHS Field for the Internet Cat Video Festival, host Barb Abney spun “Pussy” by Lords of Acid.
I want to see your pussy, show it to me. Let me see your pussy, show it to me.
Of course there was a cat-themed soundtrack to the Walker Art Center’s latest edition of their feline film festival. The sexually unambiguous track went mostly unnoticed, though, as the fourth annual event offered much more than cat videos.
Compared to the previous three iterations, this year’s was gathering was luxurious. Instead of cramming onto overlapping blankets on the hill behind the Walker or wading through the Minnesota State Fair crowds to get to the Grandstand, attendees meandered through the stadium and onto the field with enough space for unlimited photo ops.
No famous cats made appearances this year, but in their stead were a giant turquoise puppet cat from In the Heart of the Beast, a make-your-own cat mask booth, a Grumpy Cat meme cutout, a cardboard Maru box, Garfield, a Kitty Disco mural, and the countless costumed fans to take overt or covert selfies with.
By 8 p.m. the festival staff confirmed that the event was sold out at 13,000 tickets, a record for the venue (and a thousand more people than the CHS Field website states it can accommodate). This led to the inevitable long lines for food and beer, but the cat fest crowd was at ease. It was better than the purgatory of the food truck lines at last year’s event at the Walker.
The screening kicked off with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman throwing a ball of yarn (for real) and curator Will Braden of Henri, le Chat Noir making a speech. But it was a cat that captured everyone’s attention.
After the stadium lights went dark, a slide appeared on the big screen with a photo of the Golden Kitty award next to Cecil the lion. It read, “This is a trophy. This is not.” Thunderous applause ensued. The reel was dedicated to Cecil — may he rest in peace — a beloved animal killed this summer in Zimbabwe on a Bloomington dentist’s hunting trip.
Once the cat videos began, it felt more like a night at summer camp than a film screening. People of all ages curled up on picnic blankets on the baseball field. Kids in handmade cat masks shrieked during a cat/fish stare down. Beer dabblers sauntered around the edge, stopping to head bang with “Heavy Metal Cats,” then moving on.