International Guide Dog Day is observed on the last Wednesday in April – this year it’s on the 26th.
Although the International Federation of Guide Dog Associations was set up 34 years a (on the 26th April 1989), the first record of guide dogs dates back to around 79AD in paintings uncovered in Pompeii, Italy. Guide dogs have also been used in ancient China and medieval Europe.
Organised guide dog training began in the early 20th Century, and the world’s first guide dog school was founded in 1916 by Dr Gerhard Stalling in Germany. For this holiday, you could consider donating to a non-profit that helps train guide dogs, or even adopt a dog that doesn’t manage to complete its training successfully.
When I was looking for dog-themed items I found this Bronze Dog Table Lamp and it’s the exact sort of thing that I would absolutely love and my friends would call tacky, but just imagine it with a different lampshade – have you seen these amazing ones from House of Hackney?
If you want some dog-themed décor but lamps aren’t your thing (or you just don’t agree with me about how awesome that lamp is), I also found this doberman painting – it reminded me of the doberman I had years ago. If you want something more personal, you can also send in a photo of your own dog to have a custom painting produced for you.