I know that February kind of gets lost in the shuffle, maybe because it only has 28 days, so it’s not considered a “full” month. It also comes after January, when everyone is making resolutions hoping for fresh starts and taking a breather after two months of holidays at the end of the year.
But there’s a lot going on in February: It’s American Heart Month and Black History Month, there’s Valentine’s Day (14th), President’s Day (18th), Ground Hog Day (2), Chinese New Years (5th), Oscar Night (24th) and Super Bowl Sunday (3rd).
But what I found out about February is that there are lot of days devoted to dogs and pets, which warms my heart, as you know. Any day that celebrates us — we’re “man’s best friend, after all — is a great day!
I’m not kidding. Check it out, there’s: Sled Dog Day on the 2nd, Doggy Date Night and National Golden Retriever Day fall on the 3rd, Safety Pup Day is the 12th, Pet Theft Awareness Day on the 14th, Love Your Pet Day is the 20th, National Walking the Dog Day is the 22nd, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day is the 23rd and Spay Day is the 26th. See what I mean?
Oh, and there’s more. It’s not just days, but the whole month, too, including, Responsible Pet Owners Month, Dog Training Education Month and Pet Dental Health Month. I haven’t counted, but this could be the most days (and month) dedicated to us!
Yes, I know, there are other important days, such as National Pizza Day on the 9th, National Drink Wine Day on the 18th and National Margarita Day on the 22nd, but not as important to me as the dog days!
And February doesn’t have all those weird and wacky days the other months have, unless you count Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (2nd) or Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day (7th), which don’t sound all that weird to me, even if I don’t have fingers.
The “wacky” one that tickles me though is Feb. 20th, Hoodie Hoo Day. On that day, people (and pets, I hope) go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant “Hoodie-Hoo!”
Hoodie Hoo Day is a day to chase away winter blahs and welcome in spring. I think by then, everyone is kind of sick of winter, especially those folks in the east and northern parts of the country — wow! — I could never live in cold like that.
And believe it or not, Hoodie Hoo Day is an actual holiday, created by a radio DJ, Thomas Roy, who has created and copyrighted 80 different holidays!
So if you have the winter blahs, go outside on the 20th and wave your hands and yell at the top of your lungs “Hoodie Hoo!” Your neighbors will think you’re crazy, but it’ll make you feel better. In fact, I feel better just writing it!
Have a great February!