National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This campaign started twenty-five years ago and has now captured the national stage. You will see NFL teams sporting the pink. The Susan G. Komen foundation is sponsoring runs, walks, and all sorts of awareness activities. You’ll see pink ribbons, tee shirts, shoes, bumper stickers, posters, and other paraphernalia sprouting throughout the month.
National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
I’ve been adopted by a lot of dogs and cats during my life. Granted, I’ve had a few purebreds, bought from reputable kennels. I even bought one from a pet store–though that was more to liberate Micco from a cage he was quickly outgrowing. One of our most memorable rescues was Baby Doll. A rottweiler, she’d been locked in an abandoned drug house. We discovered she’d been tortured trying to make her mean. It didn’t work. The shelter adopted her out once but she was returned because if the kids put plates down where she could reach them, she’d snatch food off and run and hide. We took her to keep her off death row. Best damn dog ever! She was trained as a search-and-rescue dog and even though she had some quirks–she hated to be left alone and would paw her way into the pantry, pick up a loaf of bread or a box of cereal and hide it in our closet just in case we didn’t come home–Baby was gentle, loving and loyal beyond belief. I have hours of Baby Doll stories but I won’t bore you. If you are looking for a Forever Friend, go adopt! If you can’t adopt, consider making a donation to your local shelter.
NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION MONTH
This is a “duh” as far as I’m concerned. This year’s focus for National Fire Prevention Week (which just ended) was Prevent Kitchen Fires. Look for tips, think safe, and be fire wise. Also, change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Don’t have smoke detectors? WHY THE HELL NOT?!?!?!?! Go get some. Right. Now. Go!!!!
National Anti-Bullying Month
Nearly everyone has been there — bullied or harassed by peers. And that means both physically and emotionally. According to some studies, there is one bullying incident every seven minutes. If you spend much time on social media, you see it happening to everyone, not just our kids. Talk to your children, if you have them. Talk to your friends. Don’t remain silent. Stand up to the bullies. And don’t let those in positions of authority to ignore it when it happens!
And finally, it’s National Crime Prevention Month
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) designated October as National Crime Prevention Month in 1984. Remember McGruff, the Crime Dog? Yeah, they’re the ones who created him. Be aware of your surroundings. Take care of yourself and your neighbors. Report suspicious activity. For tips on how to do so, check out the NCPC website.