August 26 is National Dog Day! National dog day was founded in 2004, by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. Colleen Paige is the founder of many other National pet days such as: National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat day, etc. August 26 was picked to be National Dog day because Colleen’s family had adopted her first dog Sheltie on August 26, when she was 10 years old. All dogs, mixed and pure breeds are celebrated on this day. One main reason for National dog day is to help the public recognize how many dogs that need a home.
Don’t get me wrong, National Dog day is to celebrate the amazing animals we have been blessed with, but it is another way to help Dogs get adopted and given the attention they need. Many dogs have put their lives on the line every day to protect and keep their families, humans, owners, etc. safe. We celebrate NDD, to recognize the importance of dogs and to honor how they impact our lives and theirs on a daily basis. Another reason we celebrate is to pull more attention towards the amount of abused and abandoned dogs, says Why We Celebrate NDD!
The National Dog Foundation’s motto for NDD is “ Saving 10,000 Dogs- One at a time.” says:NDD! George W. Bush owns a dog as well, and sent a letter to the foundation to show his support towards National Dog day.
You can celebrate National Dog day by adopting a dog, giving a family dog, neighbor’s dog, or any dog T.L.C. Having a safety check around your home, to make sure it is a safe environment for your 4 legged family members. By donating blankets, food, toys, water, bowls, etc. to a local animal shelter you have helped many dogs lives and or families who need help caring for their dog(s). Having a party to celebrate National Dog day and honoring the amazing animals that have made life even more amazing. Taking a photoshoot with your dog(s) is another good way to show your dog how much you love and care for them. Assisting an elderly, handicap, or injured family with their dog(s) is an amazing way to celebrate National Dog day. To find more ways to celebrate National Dog day check out this site: How To Celebrate NDD!
The definition of National Dog day is “The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.” or “A period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.” cited from :Dog Day Definition
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Story by Amelia O'Halloran