Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's National Dog Week (and Pet Blog Hop)! Let's Celebrate!

Along with welcoming in the crisp, cooler weather this week, we also roll out the carpet for National Dog Week that takes place this year September 19 - 25. While in our humble abode, every day is “Dog Day,” we will be celebrating it in typical Sibe-style: running, playing, eating, and posing for photos. And, for a tidbit of pop culture–the FiveSibesMom (yours truly!) was born and married during this wonderful week! Fitting, wouldn’t you say?!

National Dog Week celebrates that special bond between dog and owner; a bond that includes traits of love, loyalty, devotion, trust, forgiveness, companionship. They give us such happiness. They are truly our best friends. 

According to, the origins of the phrase “man’s best friend” began with Sen. George Graham Vest, a lawyer from Missouri Vest, who during a closing argument for a client whose dog was deliberately shot and killed by a neighbor, gave such a strong and moving speech to the jury, that the case was won and the speech, which became the famous Tribute to the American Dog, was placed on a monument in the state and has been recognized as one of the "world's great speeches" by the late presidential speechwriter William Safire. Here is a condensed version of Vest's closing speech:   

"The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith... The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.... He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. ... If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him. ...And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death."--George Graham Vest

 To celebrate this very special week:
  • Why not whip up a batch of yummy homemade dog treats for your furpals? And, for an extra special touch, melt down some vanilla yogurt pieces and dip the ends of the bones in it, place on wax paper to cool, and then watch all the canine grins and lip-smackin’ smiles on your best friends’ faces!
  • If you have children, this would be a great week to sit down and read some dog-themed books (with your dog right next to you, of course!) and take the opportunity to talk to your kids about good pet care and handling. 
  • Help the youngsters draw or make silhouettes of their dog’s pawprint out of construction paper by either tracing your dog’s paw with a crayon or pencil – or let him/her step into some wet dirt or mud and gently press his paw onto a piece of white construction paper to leave the imprint and then let dry. The pawprint or outline of the paw can then be trace with a marker or crayon, and cut out to make a stencil. Place the paw stencil on black (or any color) construction paper, then adhere it onto a larger piece of color paper, and voila! A pawprint silhouette suitable for framing or posting on the fridge! 
  • Take fun and candid photos of your family pet.
  • As a family, visit a local shelter and spend some time with homeless dogs that are not lucky enough to have a Hu-family of their own. 
  • Maybe you can bring a little sunshine and love to a lonely or elderly family member or neighbor with a visit from you and your best friend. 
  • Have a family picnic with your dog – and don’t forget to pack the Frisbee and ball!
Whatever you choose to do this week to celebrate your life with dogs, we hope you will have a “paw”some good time doing it!


  1. What a great post!!! We made sure our Mom read it so she doesn't forget what special week it is. None of us knew the origin of that phrase, but in our house we truly are Mom's Best Friends.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. What an awesome speech. So very true. The devotion, the love, the undying loyality, no other animal can give that. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. How pawesome!

    I like this 'howliday' week furry much!


  4. Very nice, this is a howliday we can get behind.

    Great Post

    Remy and Flash

  5. Since it is National Dog Week, I request every one who is passionate about Dogs and pets to adopt a Dog or pet and show your love and care for them.

  6. Good work, but National Dog Week is always the last full week of September (19-25 this year). Sounds like you have the right idea, though, congratulations. You might enjoy my Blog about my book about National Dog

  7. Thanks for the tip Anonymous - my oops, I had the original post day, but listed dates of the week for 2009! I've updated my info now, thanks to your keen eye, and I checked out your blog, and very nice!

  8. Great post! Very informative.Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm a dog and my dog's health is very important.
    While raising children with pets from an early age often teaches the child compassion, affection and responsibility, there are still guidelines that must be followed when introducing pets and children to each other. In addition, not all pets are ideal for households with small children, and in some cases families should postpone getting pets until their children are mature enough to know how to interact with animals.

  9. Thanks for taking a was that Oct 1 falling on a friday this year that made things a little confusing...but hey, they can have two weeks any time, and more! Lisa Begin-Kruysman

  10. Thanks for the blog.
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  11. Happy Dog's Week. Let's celebrate good life and love for animals this week. It's time for a family feast and that includes our pets, of course.