Did you know this week, May 6-12, is National Pet Week? No? Neither did we until recently.
National Pet Week is celebrated throughout the United States and in many parts of the world.
How cool is that?
For you dog lovers — Check out and vote in the 2012 American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards. Nominations were submitted earlier this year and voting is now through June 30th.
The winners and their charity partners will be honored in Hollywood in October. Dogs were entered in eight categories:
- Law Enforcement and Arson Service
- Search and Rescue
- Emerging Hero. Emerging Hero Dogs are ordinary dogs that do extraordinary things. Put simply, nominees say why their dog is important to them. Why is their dog not just another wet nose in the crowd?
There are many, many wonderful nominees and you can vote every day through June 30th.
You can read about and vote for Dunny who is nominated in the Military category. An 8 year old Weimaraner, Dunny served for 1½ years saving lives in Afghanistan as an Explosive Detection Dog (EDD). As a result of his military service, it is believed that Dunny has PTSD, but has moved into civilian life with grace.
Or vote for Icey, a little white cutie who helps his hearing-impaired person every day… Or Buster, the “Bogie” (Beagle body, Boxer head) who is FEMA certified to do search and rescue in large-scale disasters.
In the Therapy category, you can read about Colonel, a dog who helps our military in another way. The Colonel is a therapy dog who provides comfort, inspiration, motivation, laughter and unconditional love for wounded warriors.
Perhaps the category closest to our hearts in many ways is the Emerging Hero Dogs, where you can read about “ordinary” dogs who are heroes in their families lives, and where you can vote for dogs like Lucas. Lucas helped a little girl re-gain her self-confidence just by being there for her to rescue and love.
To celebrate the dogs and cats who touch our lives in special ways, Harmony invites you to tell us about a cat or dog hero you know on Harmony’s Facebook page.
Whether your dog did something considered heroic by the general public, or a beloved tabby cat went out of her way to comfort you during a period of grief or sickness in your life, we invite you to tell us a little about a pet hero close to you.
And a gentle reminder from all of us at Harmony Animal Wellness Center – one of the best ways to honor your pet is to make sure they are healthy with a wellness checkup with your vet.
If your cat or dog hasn’t had his wellness appointment yet this year, National Pet Week is an excellent time to get that taken care of for a healthy, happy summer for you and your pet.