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National Pet Rock Day 2023 (US): Date, History, Significance, Facts

Gary Dahl designed humorous degrees for pet pebbles ($3 for a Bachelor's and $10 for a Doctorate).

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National Pet Rock Day 2023

National Pet Rock Day 2023: National Pet Rock Day is observed annually on the first Sunday of September; this year, it falls on September 3. What rock have you been concealing under, for those who don’t know what you are? Clearly, this is not a companion rock. Pet pebbles are extraordinary animals adopted by tens of thousands of Americans. You may be perplexed as to why someone would maintain a rock as a pet. Well, consider it. Rocks require no grooming, no veterinary care, no food, never become ill, and best of all, they never perish! Amazing, yes? Continue reading to find out what else makes these creatures so unique.

National Pet Rock Day 2023: History

Gary Dahl, an advertising executive, invented the pet pebble in April 1975. Each boulder is a smooth stone collected from the Rosarito beach in Mexico. It was packaged in a customised cardboard box with ventilation openings and a straw. Die-cutting and fabricating cardboard packaging constituted Dahl’s greatest production expense. The stones were marketed as if they were living animals.

This peculiar invention was inspired by Dahl’s friends’ complaints about the difficulty of caring for their pets. During a conversation in a pub, Dahl joked about having a pet rock. He emphasised that rocks do not require walking, feeding, medical care, or any other requirements a living creature requires.

Dahl, however, did not stop at mere witticisms; he outdid them.

He then penned a pet rock instruction manual that included quips and puns about “care” for the rock. The instruction manual was a popular addition to the pet rock, exhibiting Dahl’s incredible wit. After a brief sales increase during the 1975 holiday season, the pet rock craze came to an end.

Prior to the product’s discontinuation in February 1976, Gary Dahl made a tidy profit by selling over a million pet pebbles. At the time, each rock was sold for $4, making this one of the most intriguing marketing strategies in history. Taking the $4 into account in the context of current prices, each person would have to pay $18 for a companion rock!

Five facts about pet rocks that will astound you

  • In the 1970s, pet rocks cost approximately $4, which is equivalent to approximately $18 currently.
  • After appearing on “The Tonight Show” in 1975, the companion rock became a phenomenon.
  • Gary Dahl designed humorous degrees for pet pebbles ($3 for a Bachelor’s and $10 for a Doctorate).
  • The pet rock’s instruction manual included training puns and quips, such as teaching your pet to “Attack.”
  • The country singer Bill Pineo penned a tune about his son’s affection for his pet rock.

Why We Appreciate Pet Rock Day

The narrative of the creation of pet rocks can be both humorous and uplifting. Unless Gary Dahl’s ascension to prominence inspires you, nothing else will.

We enjoy all holidays, the more unusual the better! What could be more entertaining than dressing up a rock and handling it like a pet?

Say what you will about keeping a rock as a pet, but the logic of a companion that cannot die cannot be questioned. Without mourners, there are no funerals.

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National Pet Rock Day 2023: Dates

Year Date Day
2022 September 4 Sunday
2023 September 3 Sunday
2024 September 1 Sunday
2025 September 7 Sunday
2026 September 6 Sunday


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