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National Make A Dog's Day - October 22


National Make A Dog’s Day on October 22nd provides an opportunity to give all dogs the best day of their lives. The day not only encourages visits to shelters, but it is also a reminder to animal lovers everywhere to adopt instead of shop for a new pet.

Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters in the United States annually, many being relinquished by their owners. Worse still, approximately 35% of the animals that enter shelters are euthanized. While numbers continue to decline, the need for adoption continues to be overwhelming. One sure way to make a dog’s day is giving them a new, loving home through adoption.


Of course, adoption is just one way to make a dog’s day. If your favorite canine companion could talk, they might tell us going for an extra-long walk would make their day. When was the last time you visited the dog park? Of course, a new chew toy might top their list. Sometimes, they just want to play. Throw the ball already! Another thing that tops the list of fur babies everywhere – don’t stop scratching that itch.

While those ideas probably come to mind with ease, some other ideas are just as important.

  • Regular check-ups. Check with your veterinarian for the schedule that fits your dog.
  • Vaccinations. Different schedules apply depending on where you live.
  • Spay or neuter your pet. Beyond the health benefits, unplanned puppies cause the population in shelters to increase.


Visit a shelter, find a loyal canine companion and make a dog’s day through adoption! If the timing isn’t quite right, all are welcome to stop by a shelter and volunteer. Just by taking a shelter dog for a walk or bringing them a new chew toy, you’ll make their day. New blankets or treats are always welcome, too. Check your local shelter’s website for a list of needs. Each shelter takes donations, and their requirements vary depending on the time of year.

Stop by a participating Subaru retailer during the month of October and donate new pet supplies, which the automaker will be collecting throughout the month of October. Check your local Subaru retailers to join the effort.

If you’re already the owner of a beloved dog, take the extra time to make your dog’s day. Repay that unconditional love with creative tokens of dog-gone appreciation.
Shelters: make sure to share your adoption events by posting your stories and photos using the hashtag #MakeADogsDay on social media.


Subaru Make a Dog's Day logo

As part of Subaru Loves Pets month in October, the automaker with a lifetime commitment to loving pets has created another way to make a difference. In 2015, Subaru, in partnership with ASPCA®, created Make A Dog’s Day to raise awareness for pet adoption by showing the world just how good it feels to make a dog’s day. Since its launch, #MakeADogsDay has reached 68 million people and helped find homes for over one million dogs.

With a love of pets and caring for animals everywhere a vital pillar of the Subaru Love Promise, the automaker has continually given back to the canine friends that deserve it most.

“Make A Dog’s Day began as a way for Subaru to say thank you to the pets who support us, love us and make our world a better place,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing of Subaru of America, Inc. “Year after year, we’ve been proud to help raise awareness for pet adoption by showing the world how they can make a dog’s day and feel great doing it.”

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Make A Dog’s Day in 2019 to be observed on October 22nd, annually.



National Color Day focuses on the impact color has on each of us. The observance takes place each year on October 22nd. Color is powerful. It can affect a mood, draw attention, even cause alarm.  

It is hard to imagine a world without color. Without color, we would nearly be blind.  Doctors check for health through the color of a patient’s skin. On a late, crisp autumn morning, sparkling frost and leaves changing from green to vermillion signal a change of seasons. A flush of color in the cheeks of a friend sends a cue of her embarrassment. The street light turns from green to yellow to red. In the Grand Canyon, layers of sediment range in color from black to pale ash. All these signs alert us to change through color.  

Imagine a world without chrysocolla. This mineral formed from hydrated copper phyllosilicate develops colors from a brilliant cyan to jade green. From darkening skies before a storm to the undulating fragile glow of the aurora borealis, color in nature moves us to pause and enjoy or to warn us of impending danger. Long before colors had names, they served a purpose.

Colors accent our homes and feed our creativity, allowing us to express ourselves. Open a box of crayons or watercolors, and artists of any age lose themselves in a world of their own creation for hours.

Different colors are perceived to mean different things. The following is one rendition of the perceived meaning of the various colors in the United States.

  • Red:  Excitement – Love – Strength
  • Yellow:  Competence – Happiness
  • Green:  Good Taste – Envy – Relaxation
  • Blue:  Corporate – High Quality – Serenity
  • Pink: Sophistication – Sincerity
  • Violet/Purple:  Authority – Power
  • Brown:  Ruggedness
  • Black:  Grief – Fear
  • White: Happiness – Purity.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalColorDay

Explore the use of color in your life. Take in the vast and ever-changing array of shades available to you. What’s your favorite color?  Express yourself through color and use #NationalColorDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this colorful holiday.



National Nut Day is observed annually on October 22nd. This day is NOT about the neighbor that lives down the street or the co-worker who sings with their headphones on. It is a food holiday celebrating a healthy and nutritious snack.  

Nuts are a highly prized food and energy source and are a primary source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Many of them are used in cooking, eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food, and pressed for oil that is used in cookery and cosmetics. The fats found in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.

Many nuts are excellent sources of vitamins E and B2. They are also rich in protein, folate fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.

Nuts are essential to animals, especially those in temperate climates, as they store acorns and other nuts during the autumn months to keep from starving during late fall, all winter, and early spring.Several studies have shown that those who consume nuts regularly are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD). It was in 1993 that nuts were first linked to protection against CHD. Since that time, many clinical trials have found that the consumption of various nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations.

One study has shown that people who ate nuts lived two to three years longer than those who did not. Those who were consuming nuts may have been eating less junk food leading to a longer lifespan.

Nuts in their raw form retain the most nutritional benefit, too. However you celebrate the day, though, be sure to enjoy snacking on your favorite nut!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNutDay

To celebrate National Nut Day, have a snack consisting of raw nuts during the day and try this Mixed Nut Bars recipe. Share your favorite recipes or make some gorp. Stock up on your favorites and bring nutty treats to share with everyone! Top some nuts on your salad at lunch and use crush nuts to create a crust for a pie or even a savory roast. 

Use #NationalNutDay to post on social media.


Liberation Foods created National Nut Day in 2016 as a way to advocate Fairtrade nuts and promote healthy living! Now that’s not nutty at all!

Nuts FAQ

Q. What are the healthiest nuts?
A. Any way you crack them, every nut variety includes nutritional benefits. While one may have more fiber (almonds) another will be low in calories (pistachios). So grab a handful of mixed nuts. They walnut disappoint you.

Q. I’m allergic to nuts. How can I celebrate the day?
A. You can celebrate October 22nd by celebrating one of the other two holidays. Take your pick between National Make A Dog’s Day and National Color Day. Whatever you do, do not eat a nut!

Q. Why did the bartender serve my mixed drink with a nut in it?
A. Many mixed drinks and cocktails are garnished with whole or chopped nuts. Not only are they used as a garnish, but many cocktails are also mixed using nut extracts, or the liqueur used is infused with nut flavors.

On Deck for October 23, 2021
October 22 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Barnum and Bailey Circus sold to Ringling Bros. for a reported $410,000. With the purchase, Ringling Bros. becomes not only the “Greatest Show on Earth” but also the largest.


Using photoconductive materials, Chester Carlson invents the xerographic process. His process was used to develop the Xerox copier.


The Supreme’s album Supremes A’ Go-Go hits #1 making them the first all-female music group to attain #1 status.


The USDA approves table use of artificial sweetener aspartame.

Recipe of the Day

Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Prep:  20 minutes
Cook:  50 minutes
Total Time:  1 hr. 10 mins.
Serves 12 – 15


1 can pineapple rings
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter


Preheat oven to temperature required on cake box.

Drain and save the juice from canned pineapple rings.

Use pineapple juice in mixing the cake and be sure to adjust liquids accordingly.

Grease bottom and sides of 9 x 13 cake pan, melt butter, and pour into pan.

Next place crumbled brown sugar into the butter.

Place pineapple rings and cherries over brown sugar in bottom of cake pan.

Pour cake mix over everything and bake according to time on cake box.

Once baked and out of oven, place on a serving plate upside down over pan and turn over both plate and pan together.

Leave pan remaining over cake to allow brown sugar mixture to drizzle over cake.

Carefully remove pan and serve your pineapple upside down cake warm.

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October 22 Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Sarah Bernhardt – 1844

Born Henriette-Rosine Bernard, the French actress attained fame in the late 1860s after years of struggle. By 1880, she achieved an international reputation for her starring roles with a traveling company.

Ettore Hector Boiardi – 1897

The Italian chef is the man behind the Chef Boyardee product line.

Karl Jansky – 1905

Early in the days of the telephone, radio interference caused issues with communications. When engineer, Karl Jansky joined the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1928, he was charged with identifying the source of the interference. Four years later, Jansky reported that the source of the radio interference came from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Jeff Goldblum – 1952

From Igby Goes Down and The Fly to Jurassic Park and Independence Day, actor Jeff Goldblum has earned critical and financial success in the roles he’s played.

Toby Mac – 1964
Born Toby Mckeehan, the award-winning gospel artist is also a producer and writer.

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