National Fetch Day is celebrated every third Saturday in October. This national day is a great excuse to take your dog for an extraordinary walk and exercise in nature. Fetch is one of the oldest entertainments, which is played simultaneously by a man and his four-legged pet.
Fetch, according to historical evidence, has a great history – the prototype of this fun appeared tens of thousands of years ago. People tamed wild dogs about 18-32 thousand years ago, and since then pets have become constant companions of man. Most often, dogs were used during hunting, and the game Fetch appeared around this period. During the hunt, the dogs had to find or catch game and other prey, injured or killed by a person, and bring it to the owner. As people tamed wild animals and farmed, the need for hunting disappeared. However, the habit developed in dogs to run headlong on command for prey remained, but was transformed into a game when the owner threw a stick or ball to the dog so that it would bring the object.
- In 1998, a Texas inventor created a Fetch launcher that made throwing balls even easier.
- In 2018, National Fetch Day was established during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the invention.
- The oldest breed of dog found in ancient Egypt: the Persian Greyhound lived side by side with humans in 2100 BC. and was an active participant in hunting.
How to take part
Walking your dog and exercising in nature is the best way to bond with your pet. The four-legged friends of people are driven by instincts, so nothing can be better for them than chasing something. Active games improve the mood of dogs, and also help them feel better, protecting the body from diseases of the cardiovascular system. Regular play and an active lifestyle can prevent the development of obesity in a pet, and, therefore, help him live a long and happy life. To take part in National Fetch Day, all you have to do is take your pooch for a walk and engage in a game of fetch!
When is National Fetch Day celebrated in 2023?
National Fetch Day is observed on the third Saturday of October each year.