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National Love Your Pet Day!

Today we celebrate National Love Your Pet Day.  This day is observed annually on February 20th.

If you are a pet lover and you have one, two, three, or more, today is the day to give them some more loving.  I know we give them too much love because they deserve to be loved.  Every family that has dogs, cats, pigs, or whatever animal they have, shares their home, their bed, sometimes even what we eat, because we love them like our child and as a member of the family.

If you love animals and don’t have one, consider adopting one.  There are many dogs and cats being surrendered in the animal shelter who needs a permanent home.  Adopt don’t buy.  Make sure to truly think about it before adopting a pet, because having a pet is a commitment.  If you are ready to commit and can give them unconditional love, then consider searching for your perfect match in a shelter, to pick the perfect pet to be a part of your family forever, just do not get one then return them if you can’t keep up with their needs.

Remember, it is like having a child, like your own child, loving and taking care of them is forever and not temporary.  Be ready to give them lots of love and even share your bed with no hesitation.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?  Studies show that approximately 39% of US households own at least one dog, and 33% own at least one cat.  Pets are a wonderful companion but also have health benefits to the owner, they can actually help decrease your blood pressure and stress.

So, today, celebrate this day by showing how you love your pet, whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, bird, and shower them with love and affection or with a special treat.  Take them for a walk to the park or set up a playdate with other pet moms.  Spend some time with them, not just for this day but all other days.  Share on social media a picture of your fur babies using #LoveYourPetDay.

1939 Americans hold a Nazi rally in Madison Square Garden

Six and a half months before Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, New York City’s Madison Square Garden hosted a rally to celebrate the rise of Nazism in Germany. Inside, more than 20,000 attendees raised Nazi salutes toward a 30-foot-tall portrait of George Washington flanked by swastikas. Outside, police and some 100,000 protestors gathered.

The organization behind the February 20, 1939 event—advertised on the arena’s marquee as a “Pro American Rally”—was the German American Bund (“Bund” is German for “federation”). The anti-semitic organization held Nazi summer camps for youth and their families during the 1930s. The Bund’s youth members were present that night, as were the Ordnungsdienst, or OD, the group’s vigilante police force who dressed in the style of Hitler’s SS officers.

Banners at the rally had messages like “Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans” and “Wake Up America. Smash Jewish Communism.” When the Bund’s national leader, Fritz Kuhn, gave his closing speech, he referred to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “Rosenfield,” and Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey as “Thomas Jewey.”

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