National Dog Day

How are you celebrating National Dog Day?

It is time to appreciate the love and value that dogs bring to our daily lives, to do your bit for homeless and abused dogs, and an opportunity to give something back to the canines in our world.

National Dog Day was created by Colleen Paige of the National Dog Day Foundation in a mission to “help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work each day selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”   Since 2004 it has been celebrated on August 26, the day Ms. Paige adopted her first family dog, Sheltie. The day has been adopted worldwide, and it is even written into legislation in New York, showing just how important it is.

How to Celebrate National Dog Day

What you can do for your dog to celebrate this amazing day  

You can start by taking the time to acknowledge the dogs in your life. Have a virtual National Dog Day party on zoom with your friends and their dogs!  Brush your dog or take your dog for a walk.

Spoil your dog with extra treats, teach them a trick, or give them something special like Doggie Lawn or a new dog collar. Make plans to take your dog along on a dog-friendly vacation or to a dog-friendly hotel. Post pictures of your dog on social media (The official Twitter hashtag for National Dog Day is #NationalDogDay, but another popular hashtag is #partydog.

Let kids join in on the fun by downloading educational resources to teach them ‘how to talk dog.’

Don’t have a dog but still want to recognize this great day?

You might consider walking an elderly neighbor’s dog for them on August 26th.  Watch a dog movie.  Host a National Dog Day event to raise money for your local animal shelter or offer your services as a volunteer to your local shelter or dog organization.

Fundraising doesn’t have to involve an event. You can get personalized T-shirts and sell them. This could be a T-shirt with some animal quote on it in honor of Dog Day. You could then donate the proceeds to a dog charity or organization of your choosing.

You can also donate blankets, food, or funds to them as well.

Business owners go to the dogs this day too.

Businesses love to cater to canine family members to celebrate the big day.

This year, watch for restaurants and stores to offer free doggie treats and giveaways.  Check out what your local shelters, pet supply stores, and even hotels are doing — or go online to discover more about special offers that celebrate your favorite canine during National Dog Day 2020.

Looking for more ways to Celebrate National Dog Day?

For more information on National Dog Day and how to celebrate, visit the National Dog Day website.

No matter what you decide to do on August 26, knowing, this world-renown day for dogs exists provides the opportunity to honor the wonderful bond between man and canine.

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