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It's National Dog Day!

Today is all about the dogs - because it's National Dog Day! So here is some history on how National Dog Day got started and why we celebrate it.

Founded in 2004, National Dog Day is celebrated every year on August 26th. Unlike other doggy holidays, National Dog Day is truly for any canine - no matter their size or breed. 

The holiday was founded by lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, and National Cat Day. She picked "August 26th" as the official date because this is the date that Paige adopted her first Sheltie at just 10 years old. 

National Dog Day is firmly against any "breed bans" that can happen in apartment complexes, homes, and even cities or suburbs. All of this love was well-received by New York, emphasized by the New York Legislature's statement making National Dog Day an official holiday in 2013.

National Dog Day isn't just a day to celebrate the dogs that you have at home, but also the dogs that aren't even yours yet! National Dog Day is a day to help you consider adopting your new pup instead of going to a breeder. 

If you are interested in purebred dogs, Paige encouraged looking into local (or regional) purebreed adoption places that will help you find your perfect pup. That way, you can get the breed you always wanted while also helping by adopting a pup. 

There are tons of ways for you to celebrate National Dog Day, including taking tons of pictures of your furry best friend! If you share any pictures today, you can tag them with #NationalDogDay in order to make sure everyone out there sees your dog's ultimate cuteness. 

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