I know, there seems to be a new dog holiday every other month. But today, August 26th, is officially National Dog Day! This is a day to celebrate all dogs, whether they're big or small, purebreeds ore mutts!
National Dog Day is headed by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. You might recognize that name from our blog about National Puppy Day, and that's because she founded that, too! Paige founded National Dog Day in 2004 to celebrate all dogs and help the public recognize the need for rescue and adoption of dogs.
So why should we celebrate National Dog Day? Even if you dont' have a dog of your own, there are plenty of reasons! That's because dogs help us every day, whether they're working on the K-9 Police Unit, detecting bombs, working as service dogs, or serving as a war dog overseas.
National Dog Day is a great cause to support because they stand for what's right. They're against breed bans and judging dogs based on what type of dog they are. National Dog Day also discourages anyone from buying dogs at pet stores, as these dogs are often kept and bred in unhealthy conditions like puppy mills.
It's okay to want a purebreed! Take some tips from Colleen Paige on how to find a purebreed. You could go through licensed and reviewed breeders, or you could search through pet adoption sites to find the breed you want at a local shelter!
So, now that you know what National Dog Day is all about, how can you celebrate it? There are tons of ways!
- If you don't have a dog, you can adopt.
- Donate to your local shelters.
- Give your pup an extra long walk or go for a hike.
- Get your dog a new toy.
- Visit a dog park with your pup.
- Give your dog a through bath and brushing.
- Take a picture of your dog and share it on social media for National Dog Day!
Go on, get out there and celebrate!
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