Melinda Langston from the Pampered Pets mysteries by Sparkle Abbey
Hey ya’ll. It’s Mel,
owner of The Bow Wow Boutique in Laguna Beach. If you’re a pet
person like me, you’re probably spreading the word that today is Love Your Pet Day.
To be fair, it's also Barber Shop Quartet Day and Day of Silence. Since I don't sing, and there's no way on God's green earth I'll stop talking, I'm focusing on pet day.
Unless you’ve been vacationing in Thailand with the Kardashians you’ve probably seen the tearjerker video about the best day of Meaty’s life. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading and watch it right now. Go ahead, I've given you the link. Best Day of My Life video
What’d I tell ya? Just brings tears
to your eyes, doesn't it?. Joyful tears, but still, tears.
I’ve got to confess, as soon as I
saw it, and when I could see clearly again, I smothered my Missy girl with hugs
For those of you who know me, ya’ll
know Missy is my amazing bulldog. She’s not as beautiful as Meaty, but she’s
beautiful to me. I adopted Missy when she was just a pup. And just like in the
video, I went a little overboard. A run on the beach, a car ride so she could
stick her head out the window, a good scrub with a handful of chew toys to keep
her occupied, and a trip to a pet boutique for anything and everything dog
related. I even signed her up for an ugly bulldog contest—all on the first day
of our relationship. I’m a all-or-nothing kinda gal.
Pet Day is an opportunity for us pet
people to not only show our own beloved four-legged loved ones how much they
mean to us, but it’s also a chance to pay it forward in a different way.
Instead of indulging your pet with a new toy, yummy treats or
a game of fetch, why not donate that toy to a local shelter?
Or the twenty
dollars (or more) you’d spend on gourmet treats or a new collar, donate it to a
rescue organization in your pet's name.
If you're able to donate
your time as a volunteer, your help is definitely needed. Even if it’s to walk the dogs, pet
the cats, or clean out a hamster cage. Every little bit helps. And every pet
wants to be loved.
My author's donated a full set of Sparkle Abbey books to their local ARL for their Raise Your Paw auction. Does your local shelter do anything like that to raise money?
What else could we do? Let's think outside the box and come up with some other ways we can celebrate Love Your Pet Day.
Post your ideas!