Life Day 24164: Another Doggone Dog Holiday

September 8, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, September 8, 2013.
Good morning canine companion lovers. The first holiday today is National Hug Your Hound Day. Although the “dog days” of summer are behind us, the second Sunday in September is still literally going to the dogs. National Hug Your Hound Day celebrates those loyal and faithful companions that do so much to enrich our lives. This “howliday” is dedicated to all breeds of dogs: from pit bulls to pugs, from cocker spaniels to chihuahuas, from basset hounds to beagles, etc, etc, etc. It serves as a reminder of the importance of keeping our furry four-legged friends happy, healthy and safe. The creator of this holiday is Ami Moore, a Canine Behaviorist and author. Dogs (and cats) need our help. With many shelters across America filled to capacity, please consider opening your heart and home to one of the many pets available for adoption, before it’s too late. If you can’t adopt a pet, consider a generous donation.
To celebrate this holiday, give your dog a great big hug and do something extra special just for them.

The next holiday is National Pet Memorial Day. National Pet Memorial Day honors all of our pets that are no longer with us. Dogs and cats are far and away the most popular pets, but there are many other types of pets including rabbits, fish, turtles, ferrets, crabs, snakes, hamsters, gerbils, and a huge assortment of others. This holiday allows us to fondly remember our departed pet(s). Our pets provide us with a constant source of joy and entertainment. They instinctively know when we’re happy, sad, sick, or frustrated and are always there for us. Unfortunately, their life-span is considerably shorter than ours. Therefore, it’s only fitting that we set aside one day each year to remember those pets who have gone before us.
There are a number of ways to celebrate this holiday. Spend a few minutes reflecting upon pleasant memories of your pet. If you buried your pet somewhere, go for a visit. Contribute to and/or volunteer at an animal protection group. Create a small memorial to your departed pets in a flower garden in your yard, or plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial to your pet. Then, if you currently have a pet, perform the steps outlined in the last paragraph of the previous holiday in this post.

The third holiday today is Pardon Day. The roots of Pardon Day go back to this date 1974 when President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, former President Richard Nixon, for any wrong doing related to the Watergate scandal. Since none of you, hopefully, have need of a Presidential pardon, you can celebrate this holiday in other ways.
Why not use this holiday to make your mother proud and bring back a little politeness and civility. In today’s busy society, too many people race about their lives, forgetting the small courtesies in life. Among the easiest things to let slip by, is simple manners and etiquette. Saying “pardon me” or “excuse me” as appropriate will be a good start toward reaffirming the good manners your mother tried to teach you as a child.
You can also use this holiday to seek pardon or forgiveness for mistakes and grievances you have committed. Take the opportunity to clean the slate and start anew.

Another holiday today is International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day was created by the United Nations, and is promoted by the UN’s UNESCO. According to their website: “The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.”
Literacy is a global issue. Although billions of people in the world are literate, this holiday places emphasis on the billions more who are not. It seeks to improve literacy rates among the population in every nation of the world.
I assume that you are literate if you are reading this, so celebrate this holiday by demonstrating that fact, especially if you are using one of the plethora of social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Just for today, dispense with your abbreviations, emoticons, and run-on sentences. Use proper grammar, punctuation, and capitalization. And, for Pete’s sake, use spellchecker!

Yet another holiday today is National Grandparent’s Day. National Grandparent’s Day is a secular holiday celebrated in the United States since 1978. The first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated as the official day of celebration.
In February 1977, Senator Jennings Randolph (D-WV), with the concurrence of many other senators, introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as ‘National Grandparents’ Day’.” Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents’ Day and, on August 3, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”.
Note: Other countries celebrate some type of Grandparent’s Day on different dates during the year.

The remainder of today’s holidays are either medical or religious in nature, and may not be of interest to all my readers. I will provide a link for them below.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day.
World Physical Therapy Day.
Virgin Mary Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Date Nut Bread Day. Date nut bread is the perfect dish for any occasion. It is delicious, healthy, and relatively easy to make.
The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but I think that date nut bread has been around much longer than that. My Grandmother, born in the late 1800’s, had a recipe for date nut bread that she said she got from her mother, so there is no way of telling how long recipes for date nut bread have actually been around.
Dates are one of the world’s oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America.
Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any additional sweeteners. To celebrate this holiday, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this festive treat. Don’t forget to top it off with a little cream cheese frosting. If you’re not handy in the kitchen, date nut bread is readily available in most supermarkets these days. So enjoy some today, no matter how you procure it.
Note: One of my sources listed the date for National Date Nut Bread Day as December 8th. Oh good, that’ll give you a second opportunity to enjoy this delicious treat.

On this date in 1960 – NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, was dedicated by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The facility had been activated earlier that year in July .
Also on this date in history.
1565 – A Spanish expedition established the first permanent European settlement in North America at present-day St. Augustine, FL.
1664 – The Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who then renamed it New York.
1866 – The first recorded birth of sextuplets took place in Chicago, IL. The parents were James and Jennie Bushnell.
1892 – An early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance” appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.”
1893 – In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by the Legislative Council. It was consented by the governor on September 19 giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.
1935 – U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, “The Kingfish” of Louisiana politics, was shot and mortally wounded. He died two days later.
1945 – In Washington, DC, a bus equipped with a two-way radio was put into service for the first time.
1945 – Bess Myerson of New York was crowned Miss America. She was the first Jewish contestant to win the title.
1951 – A peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco, CA.
1952 – The Ernest Hemingway novel “The Old Man and the Sea” was published.
1966 – NBC-TV aired the first episode of “Star Trek” entitled “The Man Trap”.
1975 – In Boston, MA, public schools began their court-ordered citywide busing program amid scattered incidents of violence.
1986 – Herschel Walker made his start in the National Football League (NFL) after leaving the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.
And, in 1999 – Russia’s Mission Control switched off the Mir space station’s central computer and other systems to save energy during a planned six months of unmanned flights.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday  with the following list of luminaries.
Richard the Lionhearted 1157 – British monarch.
Antonin Dvorak 1841 – Composer.
Jimmie Rodgers 1897 – Country singer.
Claude Pepper 1900 – Politician.
Hillary Brooke 1914 – Actress.
Sid Caesar 1922 – Comedian.
Peter Sellers 1925 – Actor.
Patsy Cline 1932 – Country singer.
Willie Tyler 1940 – Ventriloquist.
Christopher Connelly 1941 – Actor.
Ben Orr 1947 – Musician.
Heather Thomas 1957 – Actress.
David Arquette 1971 – Actor.
Larenz Tate 1975 – Actor.
And finally, Jonathan Taylor Thomas 1981 –  Actor.

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