Sure, the calendar is filled with National Days celebrating hot dogs, popcorn, pirate-talk and everything else imaginable. 

But Keys residents, a hugely pet-friendly bunch, will likely get behind National Walk Your Dog Day on Feb. 22  — as much as they fell in love with National Talk LIke a Pirate Day (Sept. 19). “The day combines two of the most happy-making things we have in life: dogs and exercise,” say the folks at NationalToday.com, which keeps track of all the daily celebrations and honorees on the calendar. “Humans love walking with their four-legged friends, and pooches love the strolls with their people. So grab your walking shoes, a leash and some treats for the road, and take your favorite pooch for a stroll to celebrate National Walking the Dog Day.”

National Today also outlined why people will fall in love with the upcoming day.

“It’s a perfect start to the day. Picture a cup of coffee in your hand, your dog’s leash in the other, dew on the grass and the sun coming up over the rooftops. It’s a great way to get your blood flowing, your mind moving, and it gives you and your dog(s) some light exercise before breakfast.

“It’s a great bonding exercise. Walking the dog offers an opportunity for dogs and their people to connect while exploring the neighborhood together. A dog-walk is also a great way for humans to meet each other, and for dogs to socialize with other animals out on walks of their own.

A well-walked dog is a calm dog. Dogs need to exert their energy daily. If a dog has not been walked, he may become restless and cause chaos around the home. Taking our dogs for as many walks as possible makes their time inside the house more relaxing and restful.

Dogs can be great personal trainers. They offer good motivation to make fitness a part of your daily routine by going for daily walks, which also happens to be a safe and healthy activity during COVID-19.” 

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