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They’re wild and wooly, snuggly and bouncy, and they’re responsible for some of the greatest stuff on Earth. What are we talking about? Why sheep of course! These baaaa-d boys are out there giving you the comfiest of socks, the warmest of sweaters, and some of the best cheese you can imagine outside of a cattle farm.

As if that’s not enough, they also give you lanolin to protect your skin, and at the end of a long day, are some of the most delicious chops you can put on your plate. National Hug A Sheep Day reminds you to thank them for all the wonderful things they bring to your life.

History of National Hug A Sheep Day

National Hug A Sheep Day was started to celebrate all the fantastic sheep that exist all the world over, from those in the wild to those domesticated and living a life-giving us the warmth and comfort of wool.

The original National Hug A Sheep Day was set on the birthday of Punkin, the first sheep the Crazy Sheep Lady of Equinox Farms ever called her own. Punkin was rescued from the Bluegrass Stockyards in 1992 to prevent something bad from happening to him.

Little did either of them know that this was to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, and a legacy that would cover the next 22 years and counting.

When Punkin passed 12 years later, the Crazy Sheep Lady knew she had to commemorate his passing and encourage people everywhere to show how much they love these wild and wooly critters.

Thus came to pass National Hug A Sheep Day, and from there it slowly but surely grew to be an international affair with farms holding open farm days and other related events to help people show up and hug a sheep!

How to celebrate National Hug A Sheep Day

Well first try to find your way to a local farm and hug yourself a sheep! If you’ve never seen a sheep in person, National Hug A Sheep Day is definitely your opportunity to change that, and your life, for the better.

Look to see if there are open farm days going on nearby and pop by for a visit. Are there no farm days available nearby? Then go down to your local craft store and get yourself a bundle of wool, after all, if you can’t hug a sheep, you can learn how to spin and knit their wool into wonderful, warm, durable clothing!

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