National Kids and Pets Day was created in 2006 by Family & Pet Lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, to further the magical bond between children and animals, and to help bring awareness to the plight of pets in shelters awaiting new homes.
"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one." - Robert Benchley.
Children that grow up with pets tend to be extremely nurturing and compassionate, making dedicated and loving parents and pet owners themselves. Children with learning disabilities greatly increase their academic success by reading to pets, while pets can help shy children open up to the world and boost their confidence.
National Kids and Pets Day encourages you to adopt, rather than "shop" for pets. Millions of orphaned pets sit in shelters (not all of which are "no-kill" shelters) awaiting new homes with families ready to take on the responsibility of loving and caring for them as part of the family.
Today is also Hug an Australian Day, Audubon Day, National Pretzel Day, Richter Scale Day, Arbor Day, and National Hairball Awareness Day!
Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- Copernicus made his 1st observations of Saturn in 1514
- William Shakespeare was baptized in the parish register of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire in 1564
- Dan Sickles was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity in 1859, the 1st time this defense was successfully used.
- The Huntsville Electric Co. formed in 1887
- Italy secretly signed the Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia in 1915
- Baldur Stefansson, leader in development of rapeseed from an unadapted crop, was born at Vestfold, Manitoba in 1917
- Nova Scotia women won the rights to vote and to hold provincial office in 1918
- Jeanne Sauvé, the 1st female Governor General of Canada, and 1st female Speaker of the House of Commons, was born at Prud'homme, Saskatchewan in 1922
- A Coal mine explosion killed 1,549 at Honkeiko Manchuria in 1942
- Cuba invaded Panama in 1959
- A landslide in Huancavelica Province Peru created a natural dam in 1974
1991 - "Dinosaurs" premiered on ABC-TV in 1991 (Not the Momma! Not the Momma!)
- The federal government introduced a bill instructing the CRTC to begin licensing satellite-to-home television services in 1995
- The first cases of H1N1 flu, or "swine flu," were reported in Canada in 2009. Thought to have originated in Mexico one month earlier, the flu is a combination of swine, avian, and human Influenza A viruses. Deaths were recorded in several countries, and the spread of the virus was declared a pandemic by the WHO on June 11.
- Also in 2009, Daniel Nestor reached an historic milestone in Canadian tennis in, celebrating his 100th Tour final when he and partner Nenad Zimonjiæ won the Barcelona Open doubles title over former partner Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi of India. He holds 58 titles at the ATP world level.
- Indonesia suspended imports of American beef in 2012 after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California.
Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!