It dates back to 1925 when Heinrich Zimmerman, the publisher of the German magazine Man and Dog organised the first celebration in Berlin to raise awareness and improve the welfare of animals.
This day is not just for domestic animals but also wild animals, endangered species and those threatened with habitat destruction or lack of protection.
Although as pantheists I'm sure we think of our domestic and wild kin often there are folk who don't pay them much attention at all. Some people aren't in a position to or are socially seasoned to not give them regard, consideration or contemplation. They are missing out on a rich and fulfilling experience and the creatures are missing out on some much needed help, care and love.
Helping others in this situation to expand their hearts, minds and compassion can open them to new ideas and information about the world of other non-human beings around us and their plight and can yield a positive and illuminating exposure to someones conscience.
Please spare a thought today for the wild creatures struggling with vanishing habitats and the many homeless cats and dogs wandering aimlessly through their short lives and give your own house pet a loving hug.
Indeed it is a most noble quest to help the creatures in need and celebrate the awe, the beauty and the relationship we have with our fellow earthlings.