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National Pet Day is Sunday, April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion!
But this weekend, there is no better excuse to cuddle with your kitty, pamper your pooch, hug your hedgehog or bond with your bunny.
And our critters don't just make us happy. Over the past 10 years, the National Institutes of Health has been a partner in research to determine the physical and mental benefits of having a pet. It turns out that not only can pets steal our hearts, but they also contribute to overall cardiovascular health by lowering cortisol, cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Colleen Paige, animal welfare advocate and pet and family lifestyle expert, founded National Pet Day in 2006 to celebrate the joy pets can bring to us. But she also wanted to bring attention to the ongoing needs of many pets of all kinds waiting in shelters to be adopted.
Paige’s holiday got its start in the U.S., but it soon expanded internationally. Celebrities have also taken up the cause. National Pet Day has been promoted by Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Ricky Gervais, Cee Lo Green, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Kevin Bacon, Seth Meyers, and Carrie Underwood, among others.
This hairy holiday, spoil your companion and shop seven ultra-stylish pet items below. Mind you, our list features items for cats and dogs but we think ALL pet should be celebrated!
Furbo Pet Camera with Wifi Treat Tossing retails for $164.95.
Dog Diggin Designs' Squeaky Parody Plush Toy retails for $19.19.
Bellamore's Airline Approved Pet Carrier Bag retails for $49.99.
Supreme Dog Supply's Pucci Bee Dog Leash & Collar retails for $49.
Ben Sherman's 3-Pack Check Tennis Ball Dog Toys retail for $19.99.
Versace's Barocco Print Dog Bed retails for $1,295.