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When and What Is National Pug Day 2023? Dates and How to Celebrate

Ed Malaker

By Ed Malaker

Pawn pug sitting on beige floor

National Pug Day is when we celebrate this ancient Chinese breed and thank them for being such a wonderful pet. We celebrate these dogs each year on October 15, and it’s great fun for Pug owners and admirers of this wonderful breed. Keep reading as we explain who started it and when and talk about a few ways that you can participate in the celebrations.

Divider 7When Did National Pug Day Begin?

Colleen Paige started National Pug Day on October 15, 2012, to give back to the popular and ancient pet. The holiday also hopes to encourage people interested in buying a Pug to adopt them from a local animal shelter or Pug rescue instead of purchasing them from a breeder. Colleen Paige also started National Dog Day, National Cat Day, and National Wildlife Day and is a pet lifestyle expert, animal rescuer, and conservationist.

pug dog in a shirt on the beach
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How Can I Celebrate National Pug Day?

Adopt a Pug

One of the best ways to get into the spirit of National Pug Day is to adopt a Pug from your local animal shelter or Pug rescue. If none are available, you can adopt another breed to help free up space and resources in case one does come along.

Share Pictures and Stories on Social Media

If you own a Pug, a fun way to enjoy the holiday is to share your pictures and stories of your pet on social media. If you share the items with the hashtag, #NationalPugDay, it will add it to other pet owners’ pictures and stories so you can all celebrate together. Sharing in this way can also help convince people who are still on the fence about adoption that it is a good idea.

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Spend Time With Your Pet

If you own a Pug—or any pet—spend extra time with them to show them that you know how valuable they are to you. A nice walk or ride in the car will make many dogs happy, and you can also give them extra treats. Don’t forget to take pictures that you can share!

Check for Events in Your Area

Check the newspaper, popular billboards, and Facebook groups in your area to learn about any local Pug-related events that you might be able to attend. Many places host small dog shows or other fun competitions. You might even be able to enter your Pug and win a prize!

Pug with green apples
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Watch Movies That Feature Pugs

If you don’t own a Pug and have no events in your area, you can still celebrate by ordering a pizza and sitting back to watch a few movies. Several feature Pugs as part of the cast, including “Patrick the Pug,” “Pocahontas,” “Men in Black,” “The Adventures of Milo and Otis,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and many others. Pugs also star in several television shows, like “Poldark,” “The King of Queens,” and “The Crown.”

Finally, you can donate money to a local animal shelter or Pug rescue to help them carry on their mission. They may also need help walking dogs or cleaning cages. Volunteering will not only help the rescue organization, but it will also give the animals much-needed company.

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National Pug Day occurs on October 15 of each year. Colleen Paige, an animal lifestyle expert, started the holiday in 2012, and it has been getting more notice every year. The holiday aims to celebrate this wonderful breed and encourage people to adopt dogs instead of going to a pet store or breeder. Adopting a Pug is the best way to celebrate, but you can also share photos of your dog on social media and spend extra time with them. Many people also like to watch movies that feature Pugs.

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