July holds two fun and creative ways to celebrate pets. Looking back, July 11 is National Pet Photo Day. And looking ahead, July 21 is National Create Crafts for Shelters Day.
July 11: National Pet Photo Day
No one knows who created National Photo Day or even much about it except that July 11th has been set aside to get special pictures of your pets. Whether you take candid or posed shots of your pets, photograph pets at home or bring them to a park, or allow pets to stay casual or force them to dress up, be sure your camera is fully charged.
Looking for tips of how to take the best pet photos? For dogs, Bark Post recommends:
- Get your dog’s attention. Use treats if needed.
- Get your dog to smile. To do this, play with your dog before settling into a photo shoot.
- Vary your perspective. Get on your dog’s level and take pictures from different angles.
Read the full article at: 13 Tips for Taking the Greatest Pics of Your Dogs
For Cats, Catster recommends:
- Set up activities you know your cat can’t resist.
- Catch them in a relaxed mood.They’ll feel safe and secure enough to let you close for some candid photos.
- Get on your cat’s level. Your cat might feel less distracted if you sit on their level rather than hover over them, and so just might get comfortable with you taking their photo.
Read the full article at: Take Great Cat Photos
Disappointed that July 11th is passed? You might have missed out on a few contests, but albums can be filled up any day. So get out your camera and snap away!
July 21: National Craft for Shelters Day
We are calling all fellow blog friends, pet lovers, and crafters around the Nation to join us on this special day. Help us keep National Craft for Shelters Day going and growing! Please spread the word!—Erika Lindquist, Sew Doggy Style
Established in 2012 by Sew Doggy Style blogger Erika Lindquist, National Craft for Shelters Day has a simple message. If you know how to make handmade-crafts, you can use your talent to give back to local shelters on July 21 by making budget-friendly gifts.
On her site, Lindquist offers the below tips to interested crafters.
- Decide on a shelter to donate to. Then contact them and make sure they want to receive your donation.
- If you aren’t sure of what handcrafted items to make, ask your shelter of choice what they could use the most. Alternatively, check out Sew Doggy Style for ideas, some of which include: beds, painted bowls, leashes, and toys. The group’s number one requested items was “Adopt me” bandanas.
- Devise a realistic “game plan”. Some questions to consider are: Do you need a pattern? What other materials will you need? How long will one craft item take to make? How much time can you afford?
- Consider getting others involved. Organizing a craft night, wherein you set up “stations” and assign tasks based on each crafter’s skills.
- Ask for sponsors! Maybe your local craft stores have supplies that they’d be willing to donate. Or friends? Think outside the box and don’t give up.
When your crafts are done and you’re ready to donate, follow-up with a call to your selected shelter and make arrangements to donate your completed items. While at the shelter, take photos of pets using your group’s handcrafted items so that you can share them online and help spread the word.
On her site, Lindquist also includes a request to shelters to contact Sew Doggy Style for specific items of need. One of the more unusual projects developed as part of National Craft for Your Shelter came from the Women’s Humane Society, which stated that their shelter was in need of agility and obstacle course pieces made out of supplies like PVC pipes. Finally, Lindquist provides a pledge that crafters can make. As she explains, we’re all more likely to do something if we make a public commitment.
I wanted to come up with a way for people to give/donate to their local shelters that would be fun and affordable. If someone is unable to help their shelter financially, they can help by making simple, yet meaningful, items for the animals.—Erika Lindquist, I Love Dogs