As we write this, National Coming Out Day has just passed, as did Leif Erikson Day and Freethought Day; we're at the tail end of National Fire Prevention Week and National Squirrel Awareness Week; and National Indigenous People's Day (perhaps better known to you as Columbus Day) is upon us. Also upon us, still, is the government shutdown. Again. We have something to say about that this month, too. But first, we delve a little deeper into what makes this month great. We recommend cozying up to a nice cup of tea while you read. Happy autumn!
...Breast Cancer Awareness Month
...National Dental Hygiene Month
...National Arts & Humanities Month
...Health Literacy Month
Being able to ask useful questions and understand the answers when talking to our health care professionals is just as integral as the services they provide to keep us healthy. That's the focus of Health Literacy Month. To find resources in your area, click on the logo above. To find more information about the (Patient Protection and) Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") and explore all the options available to you through the insurance marketplaces, head over to HealthCare.gov.
And on the topic of dog health...
Check out this awesome Dog Symptom Checker at PawNation!
A result of eating too fast, bloat/GDV can be deadly for your best friend. Head over to Dogster to learn how you can manage a dog that eats too fast.
Too bad public opinion won't likely get us out of this mess, given that it doesn't yet seem to have mattered much to those on Capitol Hill. We applaud small businesses like Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas, that help out by providing freebies to those directly affected by the shutdown. But what we really need is for the government to return to full function - now. Not only are people and the health of the nation hurt by this ridiculousness, but animals and those who depend on and benefit from animals are suffering too. The National Parks are closed, for goodness' sake! Click on the image above to learn how the shutdown is affecting animals and animal-related programs, from puppy mill investigations to therapy dog visits.
We look forward to a time when a message on the White House's own website like the one below will be unthinkable. Hopefully that day will come sooner rather than later. Fingers crossed.