Yep, that’s right. March 23 is International Puppy Day but it’s not just about how bloody adorable our furry friends are. Today actually has a very important message and that’s puppy adoption awareness.
IPD was founded by American pet and home lifestyle personality, Colleen Paige in 2006. Colleen marked the day to raise awareness of the still common problem of puppy mills across the world.
Late last year, Victoria passed a bill issued by animal-welfare group Oscar’s Law that put a cap on the amount of dogs that breeders were allowed to own and use for commercial use. From 2020, breeders will need ministerial approval to keep more than 10 fertile female dogs. The bill passed also means pet stores will be banned from selling puppies from 2020.
Oscar’s Law is named after Oscar the dog, who was rescued at a puppy factory after spending the first five years of his life in a shed to supply and resupply puppies for pet stores.
Earlier today, Oscar’s Law’s twitter retweeted the below.
For #NationalPuppyDay – source a #puppy with your eyes wide open – do your research to avoid puppy farms/mills (KC registered puppies DO NOT always mean kindly brought up puppies!) or, even better, ADOPT!????#rescuedogsrock #PuppyDay #stoppuppyfarms #adoptdontshop @SusieBSchnauzer pic.twitter.com/xmaQ5yNzXM
— Annabel Wilson Art (@AnnabelABW) March 23, 2018
And now to some world famous dogs who all have more followers than I could ever dream of.
Warning: this video will melt your heart.
Behold, one of the sweetest, prettiest, and most loved huskies out there. This is Millie and she has a brother named Rupert and they are beyond spoilt on so many levels.
This is Phil, the Alaskan Malamute and he looks like Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House.
Doug the Pug has the official blue tick of ‘very famous’ on insta with about 3.3 million followers. This is also Doug in a bumblebee outfit.
When you find out your brother has told all of your family secrets in his published life memoirs… ‘The Extraordinary Life of Pikelet’ is the pawfect gift for dog lovers of all ages. Not just a sweet picture book, 50,000 words of Aussie rescue goodness. Available in all good bookstores Australia wide. Available online internationally from @barnesandnoble @amazon & @bookdepository
This is Pattycakes doing a reading. His brother, Pikelet – full name Pikelet Butterwiggle Stoll – has a book called, ‘The Extraordinary Life of Pikelet’. Pikelet was a rescued pound-pup and now spends his day being adorable and a Rescue Ambassadog. You can find out more about Pikelet, Pattycakes and the book HERE.
This is Manny. He’s a French Bulldog and possibly even more loved than Millie.
Santa’s fluffy reindeer reporting for #TherapyDog duty! ♥️???????? Today I spread some extra special Christmas love & brought a little extra holiday magic (with my light up @mickeymouse necklace! ✨????) to over 20 residents in the nursing home today. Everyone was so happy to see me, even if they weren’t able to verbally speak, their faces said it all. Mom & Dad say it’s so humbling to see the power in these #healingpaws of mine. ???????? To read more about my adventures this holiday season as a Therapy Dog, click the link in my bio to @wellnesspetfood’s blog! ???????? Happy Saturday everypawdy! ????
And this is Kono the Golden Retriever. When he’s not being adorable, he’s a therapy dog in Disneyland and gives lots of cuddles and licks.
Happy International Puppy Day, friends.
Image: Instagram / @lifeofpikelet
It’s already #NationalPuppyDay in #Australia, #NewZealand #UnitedKingdom and more! Happy National/International Puppy Day! Share your pics! ???? #NationalPuppyDay #InternationalPuppyDay pic.twitter.com/prxdUUm3Gs
— National Puppy Day™ (@Natl_PuppyDay) March 23, 2018