National Dog Day
For dog owners, every day can be a dog day but as National Dog Day, August 26 is a worldwide celebrated day to recognize and honor dogs as man’s best friend who has been a human companion for over 14,000 years (domestication). First introduced by Colleen Paige in 2004, this special day aims to raise awareness about providing a safe and happy home to dogs and promote pet adoption from animal shelters and rescue groups.
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If you are planning to get a dog, there are a few things you should consider:
Different dogs have varying personalities and needs. The type of dog that is perfect for you depends on your preferences and lifestyle.
Adopt or Buy A Dog
Will you be adopting a rescued dog or buying a dog from a breeder or pet store? This is a matter of personal preference but make sure you do your own research before purchasing a dog either online or from a local shelter. To help you decide, check out our post about things to consider when adopting or shopping for a dog here.
Getting dogs from an animal shelter or rescue group would not only give abandoned or abused dogs a better chance in life but you are also making a significant role in keeping them safe and happy.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility. As an extended member of the family, your new furry friend will require food, shelter, love, and attention. You also need to buy toys or equipment to train them or keep them entertained.
On the other hand, if you already have a dog, hats off to you as you have made a wonderful decision and have remarkably changed the life of your pet.
Here are 7 ways you can celebrate National Dog Day
Adopt a dog or volunteer at a local rescue group
It will be a fun and fulfilling experience as you play and help take care of these vulnerable animals.
Give dog-themed gifts to family and friends or something for their dogs
Here are some ideas for you:
Walk the dog of your ailing or aged neighbor
Provide a helping hand to sick or elderly neighbors by offering to take out your neighbor’s dog. This kind gesture will surely be appreciated by the dog owner and the dogs.
Celebrate the day outside
Take your pet to a beach or a dog park. This will allow them to exercise and have time to socialize with other dogs.
Plan a National Dog Day Party
Why not have the celebration at home by organizing a National Dog Day party for your family, friends, and their dogs.
This is a wonderful way to express your love for the special member of your family. Moreover, hanging your dog portrait on your wall will surely liven up your space and make your home more interesting to guests.
Dog massage or cuddles
Give your dog a big warm hug. A massage or belly rub can be awesome too.
So whichever activity you choose, what matters most is giving appreciation to our awesome pets. Whether they are guiding people with medical needs, tracking suspects or missing persons, or protecting our homes and families, our dogs are indeed our everyday heroes.