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
- 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.
- 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.
- Employees are healthier and so are their dogs because both are getting more physical activity.
- The pet also gets more social interaction, not only from the dog owner but from the entire office.
- Overall, dogs bring a morale boost to the entire office. Not very many can resist the affection of a loveable pup.
- Pet-friendly businesses retain their employees longer and are more attractive to future employees.
Cons of Pet-Friendly Policies
- The job satisfaction of employees with allergies or phobias are greatly affected.
- Risk of injury to employees or other dogs increase the legal risk.
- Dogs that are not well-trained lead to distractions in the office.
- 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 CHOCOLATE PUDDING DAY
Each year on June 26th, National Chocolate Pudding Day gets us all excited for a serving of this creamy dessert. Children and adults alike love chocolate pudding and have done so for generations. Usually eaten as a snack or dessert, chocolate pudding is also used as a filling for chocolate creme pie.
Chocolate pudding is usually made with milk and sugar, flavored with chocolate and vanilla then thickened with flour or cornstarch. However, some recipes do use eggs when making the pudding. Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of eggs. The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book, both printed recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.
In 1934, General Foods (Jello) introduced a chocolate pudding mix as “Walter Baker’s Dessert.” However, in 1936, they renamed it “Pickle’s Pudding.”
Chocolate pudding can be purchased ready-made and sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. The popular brands include Jell-O by the Kraft Foods Corporation and Snack Pack by Hunt’s.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChocolatePuddingDay
Enjoy some delicious Chocolate Pudding as a dessert or as a snack. Try this homemade Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding recipe. Layer it with broken cookies or candy bars, and whipped cream to create a trifle dessert. You can also use chocolate pudding to make parfaits.
If you’re tackling homemade chocolate pudding, we have a few tips to share. Read 5 Tips to Making the Best Homemade Pudding. They also apply to other creamy desserts like mousse and custard. You’ll really be ready to Celebrate Every Day!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy chocolate pudding? Let us know using #NationalChocolatePuddingDay on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PUDDING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this dessert holiday.
NATIONAL COCONUT DAY
Summer starts in earnest on June 26th when National Coconut Day arrives! The coconut offers sweet support for our bodies in several ways.
Coconut oil alone falls into the superfood category due to its medium-chain triglyceride (MCTs) content and all that they seem to do. Whether supporting a weight loss program, moisturizing skin, and hair or metabolizing into energy, coconut oil plays a significant role in your body.
We use the whole coconut in many different forms for our bodies and everyday cooking. From shredded coconut to milk, cream, water, and oil, each provides essential nutrients and flavor. Its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties are notable as well.
Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. The oil from coconut moisturizes our skin and also helps keep our skin clear and hair silky, too.
Of course, in the kitchen, we love coconut! Beyond baked goods, coconut infuses sweet flavor to our cooking, and because the MCTs in coconut oil doesn’t absorb in the body as fat, it is an ideal alternative to other oils and fats.
The flavor of coconut oil makes the best air-popped popcorn. Add coconut milk to your curry recipe and win rave reviews! Those who are lactose intolerant and craving ice cream know that coconut milk also makes an excellent substitute for creamy homemade ice cream. And of course, it’s not summer without a piña colada!
Beyond the fruit and water of the coconut that we consume as food, consumers also use the husk and shells as a potting medium, carbon filtration, charcoal, bio-fuel, and even organic cat litter. Another use for the husks is the production of coir, which manufacturers use in making mattresses, doormats, and more.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoconutDay
Enjoy the benefits of coconut, and share your favorite ways to use it. Whether it’s a recipe to taste or one to make our skin or hair shine, we want to know. To get you started, here are a few recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas and their members:
- Shrimp Quinoa Risotto with Baby Kale
- Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”
- Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
- Perfect Piña colada
Other recipe sources:
Learn about the benefits of coconut by visiting the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA). And use #NationalCoconutDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL COCONUT DAY HISTORY
The Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) was founded in 2017 when coconut industry stakeholders realized there needed to be one unified voice for the North American coconut trade. Industry members came together to steward the category and promote the facts about coconut oil and coconut products. Follow National Coconut Day by using #NationalCoconutDay on social media.
The Coconut Coalition of the Americas founded National Coconut Day to celebrate the mighty coconut and increase awareness of its benefits. It’s more than just a baking staple.
On June 24, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Coconut Day to be observed on June 26th annually.
NATIONAL BEAUTICIAN’S DAY
For the sheer love of all things hair, style and wisdom, June 26th is National Beautician’s Day. Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, these men and women make us look our best every day.
Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment. The branches of cosmetology include hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrology. This means they buff, polish, trim, pluck, perk, brighten, lighten, plump, and mostly make our finest features shine. They continually train in all the ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the most reliable products, treatments, and techniques.
Many also become close confidants. Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician. For all these reasons, they deserve to be appreciated on National Beautician’s Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeauticiansDay
Whether your beautician is new or the relationship has grown over the years, be sure to share your appreciation with a token of gratitude. Consider giving your beautician flowers, a card, or a cup of coffee. One of the best ways to show your appreciation is by giving them your recommendation on their social media channels. Glowing praise goes a long way toward building their clientele. While you’re at it, use #NationalBeauticiansDay to give them a shout out on your social media, too!
NATIONAL BEAUTICIANS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beautiful celebration.
Recipe of the Day
Pan Fried Onion Slices
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
2 large onions (9 to 11 ounces each), peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon oregano, crushed
Pepper to taste
Pan-fry onion slices in large skillet 8 to 10 minutes or until onions are tender; turn halfway through cooking time.
Sprinkle slices with cheese, oregano and pepper and heat until cheese melts.
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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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