National Little Pampered Dog Day is celebrated on April 27th of each year. The founders of “Little Pampered Dog” magazine created the holiday with the intention of not only honoring dog owners who go above and beyond to care for their canine companions but also of bringing attention to the difficulties faced by dogs around the world who are not fortunate enough to live in a safe and loving environment.
Read on below to find out more.
What Is National Little Pampered Dog Day?
According to the founding company, National Little Pampered Dog Day is for people who meet two criteria:
Furthermore, the purpose of this holiday is three-fold:
How to Celebrate
The company provides several different ways that those interested in celebrating can take part. For the most part, this holiday is only run and implemented by this magazine, so you probably won’t find any events near you.
So, Why Is It Controversial?
Despite being a seemingly benign holiday, National Little Pampered Dog Day has gotten a bit of heat over the past few years, which may be why it isn’t more popular. There are several arguments against this holiday.
For instance, one common argument is that it emphasizes consumerism around pets. Critics may argue that spending money on pampering a pet with designer outfits and expensive spa treatments is excessive and detracts from the true purpose of pet ownership, which is to provide love. It also leaves out lower-income families who love their dogs but cannot pamper them as they would like to. Many may feel that this holiday puts them in a “less than” category because they don’t fit this magazine’s version of a “good dog owner.”
Furthermore, the inclusion of “little” may neglect larger breeds, which often appear in shelters in larger numbers. As this day is at least partially focused on dog adoption, many consider it counterintuitive to only focus on smaller dogs. However, it appears that the magazine mostly invented this holiday for marketing purposes, and the magazine does focus on smaller dogs. With that said, the company’s website does encourage all dog owners to participate, including those with larger dogs.
There are many supporters of the holiday too. Many argue that it’s just a fun way to celebrate dogs. Others say that pampering a pet can be a form of self-care for the owner. Of course, there are many that state that all dogs should be pampered.
Ultimately, whether or not someone supports National Little Pampered Dog Day is a matter of personal opinion and values regarding pet ownership.
National Little Pampered Dog Day was created by the magazine and lifestyle company Little Pampered Dog. As the name suggests, this magazine and holiday focus on pampering dogs. However, the phrase “little” is a bit misleading, as it doesn’t just focus on little dogs (though that does seem to be the main focus of the magazine).
The holiday’s main purpose is to celebrate owners that go above and beyond for their dogs. It’s for those that pamper their pooch and enjoy the Little Pampered Pooch community.
However, this holiday has been a bit controversial over the past few years. Whatever you feel about this day, it also encourages owners to adopt dogs sitting in shelters. And we can all get behind that.
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