National Dog Day is celebrated every year on August 26th. The holiday was created by Colleen Paige, who also founded National Puppy Day, to help bring attention to the plight of dogs and encourage adoption. She decided on August 26th, as it was the date that her family adopted her first dog when she was 10 years old.
National Dog Day celebrates all dogs no matter the breed, celebrating the dogs that put their lives on the line daily helping in law enforcement, the military, guiding the disabled, helping in healthcare to detect cancer and seizures and to celebrate the joy and love they bring into our homes. Dogs are amazing creatures and so full love and deserve to be celebrated.
Ways to Celebrate Your Pup
Make their favorite treat – Does your dog have a favorite treat? Purchase or make their favorite treat to celebrate your pup. Some jerky, or a frozen peanut butter treat, will help make their day.
Take them out – Does your dog love to go for a run, or just socialize at the local dog park? Take them out for some extra play time.
Cuddles and belly rubs – Give your pup that belly rub they are always begging for. Our dogs love to cuddle while getting their bellies rubbed.
A new toy – Is their favorite toy worn out? Grab them a new one or take them to the store to pick out a new one themselves.
National Dog Day is also about helping raise awareness about the dogs that are in need of rescue. Many dogs are given up because they are no longer wanted, usually, because an owner didn’t have a good understanding of the needs of the breed of dog they had. This leaves countless dogs in shelters and in many of them, if not adopted within a certain time period, are euthanized.
It also brings awareness to “Breed Bans”, as no dog should have to lose its life because of what it was forced to do by humans. These dogs deserve to be rescued and loved too.
Adopting Your New Pup
If you are considering adding a furry member to your family, we recommend adoption first. There is a lovable pup waiting to be rescued and become a part of your family. Check local rescue shelters, and try to research the different breeds, so you know exactly what you are getting into before bringing your new furry member home.
Happy National Dog Day!