Friday marked an important day for both women and dogs.
Each Aug. 26, Women's Equality Day and National Dog Day are observed. Like Trump's gaffes, inspirational quotes and dog mugs flood media feeds. Some people I've encountered are irked that women share this important date in history with dogs. Allow me to attempt a rationalization.
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment (giving American women the right to vote) became a part of the Constitution.
On Aug. 26, 2004, Colleen Paige adopted her family's first shelter dog, so the animal advocate coined it National Dog Day in support of shelter pups.
Both are great causes. Both deserve recognition. Should they be observed on the same day? Maybe, maybe not.
Five years ago, Husband and I visited the shelter with the intention of taking home whichever dog was stuck in doggie jail the longest. We went home with two older buddies. I'm also a woman who has seen the power of my vote. These are both important causes to me.
On Nov. 19, International Men's Day is observed. Before you sarcastically decry, "Oh, is the man feeling marginalized?" the website (that could benefit from diversifying the images beyond white dudes), touts the goal is to focus on health, promote gender equality and highlight positive male role models.
Most men are kind creatures with beautiful souls who also deserve high-fives. Husband is a staunch advocate for women's rights and a wonderful father. He may be a non-oppressed white man, but he utilizes his energy to support equality.
I grew up as a child with advantage: I always had an education, a roof, food, clothes and access to health care. Aside from some unwelcome incidents that many women suffer, I have been fortunate.
On any given day, causes are observed. The day after International Men's Day is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which shares its day with Universal Children's Day. International Men's Day shares its day with National Adoption Day and National Survivors of Suicide Day. All these groups deserve attention.
And to pump in some signature crass, men and women also respectively share their days with the loo. Men get World Toilet Day and women get National Toilet Paper Day. So after we all wipe our butts, let's join in support for equality. No matter what flavor of breathing being, we all deserve a pat on the back. Some, at times, more than others.
As an animal supporter with a Great Pyrenees daughter and an Australian Shepherd son, I can't think of another group with whom I'd rather share a day. So when women blow out their anniversary candles with puppies every Aug. 26, I won't complain.