Today marks National Dog Day, aka our favorite day! The holiday was established in 2004 by author, dog trainer, and animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige, in honor of precious pups everywhere. It also serves as a day to spotlight furry friends who have noble professions like seeing-eye dogs, detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs.
Colleen chose August 26 as the day of celebration because it is the anniversary of when her family brought home her beloved childhood rescue dog, Sheltie.
With Sheltie in mind, Colleen has urged those who are passionate about pups to adopt a dog.
"Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted… All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you,” explained the holiday’s founder. “Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive, and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered ‘unwanted love,’ into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"
While we think adopting or fostering a pup on National Dog Day would be absolutely amazing, we understand that it is not feasible for everyone. Fortunately, there are other ways to celebrate this incredible day.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Spend the afternoon taking shelter dogs on walks.
-Give a monetary donation to local rescues.
-Make a dog-friendly cake. Fido says extra frosting, please!
-Take your dog on a hike or to a dog beach. Just make sure you are respecting social distancing guidelines during your outing!-Take your pup on a shopping spree. Although, you might want to establish a spending limit. I know my dog would insist on getting a Tiffany collar and matching leash.