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September 26, 2013

National Dog Week: 85 Years of Celebrating Canines

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The Origins of National Dog Week 

National Dog Week was set aside during the fourth week of September as a nation-wide campaign to educate the public about better dog care. 

85 years ago, National Dog Week was founded by Captain William Lewis Judy, who loved dogs. Captain Judy served in the U.S. Army in World War I, earning a Silver Star, and later founded his own publishing house that he used to produce a number of books about dogs. He also bought and publishd Dog World magazine. Through this endeavor, the Dog Writers Association of America was founded. Members of this association determined in 1928 that the fourth week in September should be National Dog Week.

The week also became sponsored by the Dog Owner’s League of America and the National Dog Week Association. While these organizations no longer exist, they had powerful connections with legislators during the days of the FDR administration, working for better dog laws and more humane policies. 

During this time, it was common for breed devotees to be passionate about their particular pedigreed pups; however, the founders of National Dog Week envisioned a far broader campaign that would reach out to all dog owners, regardless or of their dog's breed or lack of pedigree.

National Dog Week 1936

National Dog Week Stamp, 1936

Original Objectives of National Dog Week

  1. A good home for every dog
  2. Elimination of stray dogs from the street
  3. Better-informed dog owners
  4. Consideration for dogs and all animals
  5. Emphasis of the dog’s use as companion and protector
  6. Fair laws for dogs and dog owners
  7. Respect for the rights of non-dog owners

National Dog Week Stamp 1937

National Dog Week Stamp, 1937

Generally, National Dog Week gets a small amount of coverage by the media in modern times, but anything to elevate the cause of Man's Best Friend is noteworthy.

How are you celebrating your dog this week, in particular?  

National Dog Week Poster by Albert Staehle, 1950.


Karyn on September 26 at 8:06 PM said:

dogs are the greatest invention... everyday our dog, Murphy, entertains us without even trying... thank you Murphy!
Josie on September 27 at 10:12 AM said:

Our dog Bella is a super nerd! And makes us laigh every single day and wiggles & wiggles every night when I get home from work. It's the best greeting in the world. I love you Bella, thanks for being my best friend.
julia on October 1 at 9:00 PM said:

My dog is my favorite thing in the world and I Believe everyone deserves a dog. Thank you Mary for putting the poster in the newsletter. Everyone should treat their dogs and people who don't have dogs fairly! And everyone should stand up for their rights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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