What is National Golden Retriever Day and How To Celebrate it

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Ever wish you had a holiday just for your goldie? Guess what, there is! National Golden Retriever Day is a holiday just for golden retrievers and their loving pet parents to celebrate everything it means to be a Golden. Spread the love this Golden Retriever Day with these amazing treats:

What is National Golden Retriever Day?

National Golden Retriever Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating the energetic, loveable golden retriever. These dogs are known for their intelligence, bubbly personality, and willingness to help humans everywhere– of course they deserve a day of their own! Although the holiday isn’t recognized worldwide, the American Kennel Club recognizes it as an official doggy holiday.

When is Golden Retriever Day?

National Golden Retriever Day occurs each year on February 3rd. Why the 3rd? It’s the founder’s dog’s birthday, of course!

A History of Golden Retriever Day

Image Source: Orlando Tapia-Unsplash

Originally started in 2012 by Kristen Shroyer, National Golden Retriever Day was made to celebrate golden retrievers everywhere, including her own goldie, Quincy. Although Quincy has passed, Shroyer’s holiday still stands as a reminder of how much love Goldens have for the humans in their lives and how much love we have for them!

Celebrating Goldies Across the Country

If you’d like to celebrate National Golden Retriever Day with other dog lovers, there are plenty of ways to do so. These amazing organizations use the holiday to advocate adoption and raise funds for local shelters:

New England Golden Jubilee

The New England Golden Jubilee doesn’t occur on National Golden Retriever Day. Instead, it takes place in May (Saturday, May 20th this year). The celebration is a massive pupper party for golden retrievers and their humans to run around, play games, and socialize.

The Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty

The GRCA’s National Specialty happens every year in September and shows off everything golden retrievers have to offer. Like the Olympics for dogs, the National Specialty is a great place for goldie lovers to participate in events, socialize, and even meet some famous show dogs!

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Club

The Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Club specializes in all labs, not just goldies. But they do participate in National Golden Retriever Day each year with fundraisers for the local rescue shelter!

The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue

The GRCGLA Rescue also celebrates Golden Retriever Day by showcasing their beautiful goldies and providing educational resources for goldie parents.

The Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

Another excellent rescue, the Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, is filled with goldie lovers, and goldies abound. Weather permitting, they celebrate National Golden Retriever Day each year by celebrating their loving dogs and spreading awareness about foster care and adoption.

Treat Ideas to Brighten Your Goldie’s Holiday

So, how are you going to celebrate National Golden Retriever Day? We’ve got tons of goodies to help your goldie feel extra loved this upcoming holiday season:

Want to Make a Statement? Make a Cake!

Custom doggy cakes are always great for a puppy party or a goldie get-together. Choose from our array of styles, flavors, and decorations to make the perfect cake for your Golden Retriever Day! Check out our info page to learn more about how we make the cakes and what ingredients we use.

Donuts For Doggos

Don’t like cake? What about donuts? Our Barkin’ Donuts for Dogs aren’t fried but instead baked and frosted with care to look just like human donuts.

Get Seasonal

Golden Retriever Day is in February, which means it’s Valentine’s too! Show your love with some extra cute Valentine’s Day-themed puppy treats. 

Enjoy Oatmeal?

Not a fan of baked goods? Give your goldie a more traditional treat with our delicious oatmeal bones. They are still baked, though, just not for humans.

Can’t Decide? Get a Variety!

Let’s be honest: there are way too many treats out there for you to pick just one! If you can’t decide or have a party of picky pups, try our Barker’s Dozen Assortment– it comes with 13 hand-picked treats from our bakery case. If you’ve got any dogs with allergies, let us know before ordering!

Famous Goldies For Your National Golden Retriever Day

Want to enjoy some goldies year-round? Check out these awesome Goldie influencers!

Tucker Budzyn

Instagram: @tuckerbudzyn

Tucker is a lovable Golden Retriever with over 3 million followers on Instagram. He is known for his hilarious antics and adorable facial expressions.

Buddy the Golden Retriever

Instagram: @thegoldenlifeofbuddy

Buddy is a sweet Golden Retriever who loves to cuddle and play. He is known for his big smile and adorable Instagram posts.

Ellie the Golden Retriever

Instagram: @elliegoldenlife

Ellie is a therapy dog who brings joy to people in hospitals and nursing homes. Her Instagram page features heartwarming photos of her spreading love and happiness!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We have answers! Check out our FAQ:

When is National Golden Retriever Day 2023?

National Golden Retriever Day occurs every year on February 3rd.

When is National Golden Retriever Day 2024?

National Golden Retriever Day is February 3rd.

Is there a National Golden Retriever Day in the UK?

You can celebrate National Golden Retriever Day anywhere! Check your local news for Goldie-related celebrations.

Do they celebrate National Golden Retriever Day in Golden, Colorado?

The Goldens in Golden celebration happens every year in Golden, Colorado. It’s going to be on Saturday, February 4th next year.

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Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

Lorna Ladd

Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.