Pet Memorial Day, Hug Your Hound, Police Women, Video Games, and Chocolate Milkshakes

September 12, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning pet lovers. Today is Sunday, September 12, 2021. Today is the 255th day of the year, and 110 days remain.

National Pet Memorial Day 

National Pet Memorial Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of September. As you can easily infer, this holiday is set aside to honor our beloved non-human family members that have “crossed the Rainbow Bridge.” This holiday was created more than 40-years ago by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. This holiday pertains to all of your pets, regardless of species and 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.
National Pet Memorial Day allows us to fondly remember our departed pets. 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 lifespan 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.
The stated purpose of this holiday is to give recognition to the important role that our beloved pets play in our lives. National Pet Memorial Day is a holiday for pet owners to honor their pets, both past, and present.
There are a number of ways to celebrate National Pet Memorial Day. 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. Another way to celebrate this holiday is to create a scrapbook of pictures and other memorabilia dedicated to your former fur baby. Also lavish extra attention and plenty of treats on your current non-human family members.

National Hug Your Hound Day

And while we’re on the subject of pets, the second Sunday of September seems to have, literally, gone to the dogs. National Hug Your Hound Day is observed on the second Sunday of September each year. You don’t need to be a member of MENSA to ascertain that this holiday urges us to show a little love to our beloved canine companions. This holiday was created by author and Canine Behaviorist Ami Moore.
The “dog days of Summer” are about to come to an end, so what better time to celebrate National Hug Your Hound Day. The goal of this holiday is to make America more “pup friendly”, as it is in Europe. The aim is to make our dogs become accepted in more public places such as taxis, malls, restaurants, etc.  Another goal is a greater appreciation of the companionship our dogs give us and its value, both emotionally and physically.
Remember that National Hug Your Hound Day is about keeping our hounds healthy, happy and safe. This holiday is about truly observing your dog (from his perspective) in his environment. Get down on his level and have a look around. Do you see anything that could pose a hazard to your furry friend? Do you see ways to make his life easier or safer?
Additionally, National Hug Your Hound Day seeks to focus our attention on our four-legged friends that live in urban areas. Dogs, by nature, love nature. While wide open spaces and “the great outdoors” may not be available to city-dwelling dogs without a car ride (which most dogs enjoy immensely), most urban areas have plenty of parks, ponds, and other aspects of urban nature that you and Fido can enjoy. Well-mannered dogs add so much to our lives, and with love, guidance, patience, and training, your fur baby can enjoy a happy life, even in a big city.
As you celebrate your furry friend on National Hug Your Hound Day, give Fido a great big hug, some extra treats, and do something extra special…just for him.

National Police Woman Day 

National Police Woman Day is celebrated annually on September 12th. You needn’t be a member of the law enforcement community to deduce that this holiday celebrates all past and present female members of the constabulary – but specifically, it honors Alice Stebbins Wells, the first female member of any police department in the United States.
In 1909, Los Angeles social worker Alice Stebbins Wells petitioned [then] Mayor George Alexander and the City Council, requesting that an ordinance providing for a Los Angeles Policewoman be adopted. Not only was the measure passed, but on this date in 1910, Mrs. Wells was sworn in as the nation’s first female law enforcement officer – complete with full powers of arrest.
On the first day of her appointment, Mrs. Wells was furnished with a Gamewell (a telephone call box key), a book of rules, a first aid book, and a “policeman’s badge.” In those days, an officer was privileged to enjoy free trolley car rides while going to and from work, but when Mrs. Wells displayed her badge, the conductor accused her of misusing her husband’s identity. This was remedied by presenting her with “Policewoman’s Badge Number One.”
As early as 1890, many cities across the nation had employed women as matrons. These matrons specialized in the care of female prisoners and worked in city and county prisons and other penal institutions. They, however, weren’t sworn law enforcement officers, and it was Mrs. Wells who is credited with paving the way for women in law enforcement.
To celebrate , learn more about Mrs. Wells life and career at the LAPD. This link is a good place to start.

National Video Games Day 

National Video Games Day is celebrated annually on September 12th. This is the second video game related holiday this year. Back on July 8th, we celebrated Video Game Day.  That Video Game Day encouraged people to play video games and promoted the video gaming industry. In contrast, this National Video Games Day promotes the video game industry and encourages people to play video games. Huh? What? Wait! That’s right, I can’t discern a difference between these two holidays either – other than the date and the word “National” in the title. Also, I could find no reason why there are two different dates for a “video game day” – and neither “holiday” has any relationship or significance to any milestones in the video gaming world. The origins, history, and reasons for both remain a mystery.
Anyway, video games have come a long way since the days of Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders or Asteroids. Many of today’s video games are complex stories with plots and subplots within plots and sub plots within plots and sub-plots. Technologically, they are getting more advanced every day.
If you enjoy video gaming, celebrate National Video Games Day by playing your favorite video game, or one of the classics. If, like me, you could give a big fat hoot about video games, then don’t bother.

Chocolate Milkshake Day 

Chocolate Milkshake Day is celebrated annually on September 12th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates one of America’s favorite flavors of blended ice cream treats – the chocolate milkshake. defines milkshake as:

“a frothy drink made of cold milk, flavoring, and usually ice cream, shaken together or blended in a mixer.”

The first reference to word ‘milkshake’ appeared in a British newspaper in 1885. However, it did not refer to that cool, refreshing treat we know today. The first milkshake was an adult beverage similar to eggnog, made with eggs and whiskey. By 1900 though, the eggs and whiskey were gone, and the term ‘milkshake’ referred to “healthy, wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.” They still contained no ice cream, though. They were a favorite at soda fountains in America in the early part of the 1900s.
What we know as ‘milkshakes’ today were created here in America. In 1922, an employee at a Chicago Walgreen’s Drug Store, Ivar “Pop” Coulson, was inspired to add two scoops of ice cream to malted milk. It was an instant success. By the 1930s, soda fountains (aka “malt shops”) were popular all across America. Two significant events happened in 1937 that changed milkshakes forever: Fred Waring invented a significantly superior blender, and Joseph Friedman invented the flexible straw. But we’re still not up to the point of what we call ‘milkshakes’ today. Many people disliked having the malt in their milkshakes, and by the late 1930s the term “frosted” came to mean a milkshake without the malt. Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, malted milk became less popular and the term ‘milkshake’ finally became synonymous with what we call ‘milkshakes’ today.
Even you should be able to figure out how to celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day without my help. Just remember that it is Chocolate Milkshake Day – and that the booze is optional.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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