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June 25, 2021 - NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY – NATIONAL LEON DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY – NATIONAL CATFISH DAY

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JUNE 25, 2021 | NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL LEON DAY | NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY | NATIONAL CATFISH DAY

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY – Friday After Father’s Day

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

Every year employees across the country bring their dogs to work the Friday after Father’s Day. It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

A celebration of the companionship between canine and human, National Take Your Dog to Work Day hopes to inspire others to adopt from shelters and humane societies. Those in the pet supply business may find this to be an everyday occurrence. With pets being central to their business platform, employees bring their dogs to work frequently. Companies such as Petco, Petsmart, Mars Petcare, Trupanion and Nestle Purina Petcare all have pet-friendly policies. So, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day at these companies.

However, not only pet companies are dog friendly these days. Tech and marketing businesses seem to be next in line for offering this perk to employees. Amazon, Airbnb, Procore Technologies, Vungle, and Radio Systems Corporation are just a few of the companies across the nation supporting pet-friendly policies.

Are there benefits to having a dog by your side all day? As any business knows, policies like these come with pros and cons.

Pros of Pet-Friendly Policies
  1. Perhaps the number one benefit of dogs at work is the reduced stress for most employees. Studies have shown pets in the workplace not only reduce stress but also increase productivity.
  2. Which brings us to the second benefit. Employees who take breaks to care for their dog tend to be more productive than those who plow through their work. They come back to their desk refreshed and energized, ready to refocus.
  3. Employees are healthier and so are their dogs because both are getting more physical activity.
  4. The pet also gets more social interaction, not only from the dog owner but from the entire office.
  5. Overall, dogs bring a morale boost to the entire office. Not very many can resist the affection of a loveable pup.
  6. Pet-friendly businesses retain their employees longer and are more attractive to future employees.
Cons of Pet-Friendly Policies
  1. The job satisfaction of employees with allergies or phobias are greatly affected.
  2. Risk of injury to employees or other dogs increase the legal risk.
  3. Dogs that are not well-trained lead to distractions in the office.
  4. What do potential clients think? If dogs on the premises continually turn away dollars, the pros may not matter.

While not all businesses can participate in #TakeYourDogToWorkDay, those who can have a terrific opportunity to see if a pet-friendly policy would work. It also provides some insight into your employees’ desire for this type of policy.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TakeYourDogToWorkDay #TYDTWD

Host an event at your place of business. To find participating employers and to download a toolkit visit Pet Sitters International. Share your pet-friendly workplace experiences by using #TakeYourDogToWorkDay or #TYDTWD on social media.

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY HISTORY

The celebration originated in the United Kingdom in 1996. Then in 1999, Pet Sitters International founded the first day in the United States.

NATIONAL LEON DAY – June 25

NATIONAL LEON DAY

National Leon Day marks June 25th as six months away from Christmas day. Leon is Noel spelled backward and is a day some crafters begin planning their homemade gifts and decorations. It can also be a day for those who miss the winter holidays to have a mini winter celebration in June.

Homemade projects take planning and time. Craftspersons put effort into their designs creating customized gifts for their loved ones. These one-of-a-kind items are often appreciated for their thoughtfulness and ingenuity. The day may also serve as reminder to get your holiday shopping started. It’s never too soon to start!

Speaking of holiday shopping, June 25th marks an ideal time for winter holiday celebrations. Summer vacation frees family to travel and visit relatives. And lack of snow makes traveling by car safer, reducing the chance of being stranded by snowstorms. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeonDay

Crafters, get your hot glue guns ready! Start planning your ugly sweaters now to beat the crowds. Pick up your presale copy of the 2021 National Day Wall Calendar for crafting inspiration. 

You can also celebrate by hosting a winter in June holiday party. Include all the trimmings such as turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, too. Give your cold-loving friends something to look forward to. Use #NationalLeonDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL LEON DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this crafty holiday. While we do, check out these other unique celebrations:

  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Clerihew Day
  • All American Pet Photo Day
  • Wrong-Way Corrigan DayNATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY – June 25 

    NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY

    National Strawberry Parfait Day on June 25th comes around each year during the perfect time – peak strawberry season. 

    In fact, parfait is French for perfect. The traditional parfait is a dessert of ice cream or frozen custard layered with fruit and whipped cream in a tall stemmed glass. An additional topping of whipped cream garnishes the dessert. Today, we often replace the ice cream with yogurt or pudding and layers of granola.  

    Strawberries are not only in season during June, but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat per 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when snack time is calling! When making parfaits, don’t just reserve them for dessert. If serving them with yogurt and granola, they make a delicious breakfast and snack, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStrawberryParfaitDay

    This celebration offers a terrific opportunity to explore your farmer’s markets for fresh-picked strawberries. Once you have the bounty home, make a homemade strawberry parfait to enjoy with all the wholesome ingredients you can add. Or indulge a little and make a traditional parfait with ice cream, whipped cream, and maybe a little chocolate syrup, too. We even have a recipe for you to try.

    Another way to celebrate is by visiting your favorite ice cream shop and treating the family to strawberry parfaits. Be sure to give them a shout-out. 

    How will you be celebrating? Let us know by using #NationalStrawberryParfaitDay to share on social media.  

    NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this berry sweet holiday.

    NATIONAL CATFISH DAY – June 25

    NATIONAL CATFISH DAY

    In the United States, National Catfish Day on June 25th each year celebrates the value of farm-raised catfish.

    A diverse group of ray-finned fish, catfish are named for their prominent barbels, which resemble cat whiskers. These nocturnal swimmers don’t have any scales. Their smooth flesh makes it difficult for anglers to clean. In the United States, the most commonly eaten species of catfish are the channel catfish and blue catfish. They are also a good source of Vitamin D. 

    In 1986, catfish comprised the third-highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States.

    A favorite dish of many Americans, this fine finned fish can be prepared in many different ways. Traditionally, many catfish lovers coat the fish in cornmeal and fry it. While many people prepare only the filets when cooking fish, when it comes to catfish, others prefer the fish cooked whole. No matter the method, this tender whitefish comes delicately off the bone. Spices complement this freshwater fish, too. However, it is also delicious served with a milder touch. A little lemon and butter go a long way. Those who love it fried will eat the crispy tail right away to savor the crunch!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCatfishDay

    While baking and frying catfish may be the most common ways of enjoying this flavorful fish, they’re not the only way. Celebrate by discovering all-new recipes like soups, sandwiches, and appetizers. How about some catfish pasta dishes? If you’ve never tasted catfish before, #NationalCatfishDay encourages you to explore dishes bursting with flavor. Add a little catfish to your menu! We even offer several recipes for you to try, too!

    Low Country Catfish Soup
    Easy Fried Fish Fillet Recipe
    Zucchini Noodles with Fried Catfish

    How do you enjoy your catfish? Let us know by using #NationalCatfishDay to share on social media. 

    NATIONAL CATFISH DAY HISTORY

    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated June 25th as National Catfish Day by Presidential Proclamation after Congress called for the day to be established by Joint Resolution 178. 

    Do you love food holidays? Check out these delicious ways to Celebrate Every Day!


On Deck for June 26, 2021

National Days

International Days

June 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1876

General Armstrong Custer’s troops faceoff against Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull near Little Bighorn River. Out-armed and out-numbered, the bloody battle became known as Custer’s Last Stand.

1947

Contact Publishing issues the first edition of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl in the Netherlands.

1950

The Korean War begins when North Korea attacks south of the 38th parallel. The United Nations called for North Korea’s withdrawal and for other nations to come to South Korea’s aid.

1967

The Beatles perform “All You Need is Love” for the first time on the BBC program Our World.

1993

Canada swears in its first female prime minister. Kim Campbell served as the 19th Canadian prime minister for four months from June 24 to November 4.

Recipe of the Day

Triple “S” Almonds (Sweet, Salty, Spicy)

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Total Prep: 20-25 minutes
Servings: According to www.almonds.com the recommended serving of almonds per day is 1 ounce or about 23 almonds.

Ingredients:

¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ½ cups whole almonds
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon oil

Instructions:

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, salt and cayenne pepper and mix well. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the water, honey and oil ingredients.

Spread the almonds onto a large baking sheet (you may need more than one). As a single layer, toast almonds for about 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Watch the almonds as they bake because they burn quickly. Remove from heat.

Place a large skillet or fry pan over medium heat. Add the liquid ingredients, stirring constantly. Once the mixture begins to bubble, stir in the toasted almonds in batches until almonds are coated. Remove from heat. Add almonds to the sugar/salt/spice mixture and lightly mix or toss until almonds are evenly coated. Transfer almonds back to baking sheet in a single layer to cool at room temperature. Enjoy!

Celebrate these National Day Calendar holidays using this recipe:

Recipe credit: Amy L., National Day Calendar

Next Week

In the Classroom 

June 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
George Orwell – 1903

Born Eric Arthur Blair, the English novelist is known for both his fiction and non-fiction works. Two of his most critically acclaimed works are Animal Farm and Nineteen Eight-Four.

Carly Simon – 1945

The American singer-songwriter won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1972. Since then, she has recorded hits such as “You’re So Vain,” “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain,” and “You Belong to Me.”

Sonia Sotomayer – 1954

On August 8, 2009, Sotomayer became the first Hispanic justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Dikembe Mutombo – 1966

The Congolese-American played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association. As a center, Mutombo primarily played for the Denver Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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Our Ambassador Program is another way #CelebrateEveryDay®! Whether you become an ambassador or follow one of the savvy ambassadors, their fun videos and posts will keep you prepared for every holiday.

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