It’s official. There’s a national Dog Mom’s Day in the National Calendar (USA). To be celebrated on the second Saturday of May, this national day was created to celebrate the role of the dog mom – those of us who have children with four legs.
This year (2018) is the first year since the day was officially recognised after a campaign by Dig (the Dog Person’s Dating App) and there are events planned in New York City and New Orleans. I predict there will be more in the years to come as the day takes hold.
So let’s use this date as a day to celebrate the special role of the Dog Mom.
We don’t get paid parental leave, we don’t get adoption leave, and we don’t generally qualify for mother’s hours when part-time jobs are offered. But we offer love, care and raise well-adjusted dogs who are contributing members of our communities.
Izzy didn’t choose to be a mother. It was her final job as a racing greyhound to pass on her genes to another generation of racers. One of those puppies, Bella, has been re-homed and I can see from the racing register that four other puppies are now racers…I so hope they are safe and healthy.
Izzy deserved to have a Mother’s Day. She had breakfast in bed with buttermilk pancakes and liver/pumpkin gravy.
Tonight she is playing with her newest toy – a rubber chicken.
Happy Mother’s Day, Izzy!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
It’s Mother’s Day and we shouldn’t forget that many of our dogs have been mums too (whether planned or unplanned).
In my case, Daisy has been a mum – it happened before I adopted her. Although I don’t know any of her puppies, I think it is fitting that we celebrate her motherhood status, particularly as she is a senior dog of almost 13.
Beyonce was born on 8 March 2012 to Casey, a pregnant dog that was scheduled to be euthanised. She claimed the title of the World’s Smallest Puppy because she could fit into a teaspoon! She wasn’t expected to survive but proved everyone wrong.
Beyonce was saved because of the efforts of The Grace Foundation of Northern California, an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility. Her story was picked up widely in media outlets including CBS, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Reuters. Now The Grace Foundation is using Beyonce’s celebrity status in a new fundraising campaign for Mother’s Day.
Named the I’m a Survivor Fund (after the Beyonce song), funds will be used to save healthy mums and their puppies. Many of these dogs are euthanised in shelters across California and the wider United States (3.4 million in total each year) because of a lack of facilities and adoptive families.