I recently had the chance to get to chat with New Jersey author Lisa Begin-Kruysman , who is helping document the history of the people...and dogs that have helped keep the movement alive. She has written a book titled Every Dog has its Week and has an awesome blog that highlights the history of the celebration as well as sharing stories from around the country, titled NationalDogWeekBook Blog.
I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and learn about how this movement started and ways we can continue to celebrate the role our dogs play in our lives! Following is more info on Lisa, her book, her blog and National Dog Week! Also including some pics of her and her pup Hooper, an 8 year-old Portuguese Water Dog and best friend to Lisa!
82ND OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL DOG WEEK TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER
New Jersey Author Seeks to Honor Seven Day Salute to Canines
In 1928, the ultimate dog-enthusiast Captain William Lewis Judy set aside the last full week of each September to honor the silent canines that had served in our military, and all the other deserving dogs of the nation. In its post WWII heyday, National Dog Week was actively celebrated in over 200 cities nation-wide, and on the Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center in New York, where packs of prancing pooches mingled with celebrity hosts.
In 2005, renowned dog obedience trainer Captain Arthur Haggerty, who at one time lived in New Jersey, highlighted the work of Will Judy by promoting National Dog Week Movement on a large scale. Sadly, he passed one year later, but not before making some progress.
Last year, New Jersey-based writer, Lisa Begin-Kruysman set out to acknowledge the contributions of both men, and to enlighten a new generation about the relevance of National Dog Week. With over 70 million dogs taking up residence in American homes, we certainly have gone to the dogs, just like Will Judy had way back when.
To keep the spirit of National Dog Week alive, the author has embarked on a mission to track the evolution of this meaningful week, from its initial observance to present. Her Blog http://www.nationaldogweekbook.wordpress.com has grown steadily since January, attracting readers from all over the country. By making connections with dog professionals and fans of dogs, she has written a book that is set against the backdrop of Will Judy’s historic Movement, offering a final note on the current state of the dog in the states of the nation. Her ultimate goal is to see National Dog Week celebrated in the manner it once was, in all corners of America.
Every Dog has its Week: How Seven Days in September came to Celebrate Dogs and the People who Love them, represented by the Parkeast Literary Agency, tells the true “tail” of Will Judy’s legacy as someone who inspired a nation to regard dogs as spiritual entities, not just creatures put on earth to serve man.
The author is currently working with the Township of Brick, NJ to promote the city’s first-ever Dog Fest to be held on September 19th, the first day of National Dog Week. Brick’s Mayor Acropolis will proclaim the city a National Dog Week Community using the words of Captain Arthur Haggerty.