In Honor of National Pet Day

April 11 is “National Pet Day” here in the United States, a day to celebrate pets of all shapes, sizes and origins.

National Pet Day was the brainchild of Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate. As the National Pet Day website says, “it’s about love” – and about encouraging people to make the choice to spay, neuter, and adopt whenever possible.

Almost all of our cats are and have been rescues, adopted from shelters or foster homes. (A couple we received in other ways, but when we have the option we adopt.)  We wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither would they.

In fact, when I asked Oobie where she thought she would be today if we hadn’t rescued her, she seemed unwilling to entertain the thought:

13D Oobie mad

So, if you have the chance and the choice, consider bringing a loved one home from a shelter. You’ll make a friend, and have someone watching over you for life.

Yep, watching.

Oobie on the books

Like a stalker.

But I digress…

I learned one other interesting fact from the National Pet Day website.

The #1 name for male pets (measured by frequency of use) is MAX.

13D Max

For once, the Emperor approves.

A note: National Pet Day is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network, a group that works to promote adoption and proper treatment of companion animals. To find out more, visit the National Pet Day website.