January 20 - Penguin Awareness Day
Penguin Awareness Day offers a unique opportunity to get to know the dapper little avian who doesn’t fly. They’re more than just adorable tuxedo-clad birds that love the snow. What can you do to celebrate?
- Wear penguin colors. Maybe black pants with a white shirt?
- Go to the zoo or aquarium to visit with the penguins.
- Watch a movie or video that is about penguins or has a penguin in it ... March of the Penguins, Happy Feet, Madagascar, or even some Chilly Willy.
- Go to the library and find some penguin related material to read whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
- Search the Internet for penguin information.
- Watch the Pittsburgh Penguin hocky team play.
January - National Train Your Dog Month
Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) thinks it is long overdue to dedicate a month where awareness can be brought to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be simple and fun! The APDT selected January as the perfect month because, as we all know, so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays. The desire is to help these new pet parents start off the new year with their newest family member in the best way possible.