National Dog Day ~ August 26th!
National Dog Day is a nationally recognized day celebrated on August 26 and founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an animal advocate and pet expert. National Dog Day celebrates not only household dogs, but dogs who are in need of loving homes, police dogs, dogs who assist children with disabilities, dogs who put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
By starting National Dog Day, Paige’s goal was, and still is, to bring awareness to all breeds big and small. She, along with a growing number of fellow Americans and pet lovers, believe that although anyone has the right to purchase a puppy from questionable facilities such as puppy mills, the best way to find a furry companion is through adoption. If a future pet parent is looking for a pure breed, they can always look into a pure breed rescue to see if they have any pets they are interested in. If convinced that they want to buy from a breeder, the pet parent should verify that a breeder is reputable by checking out their licensing, internet reviews, and reach out to local references to see if they have heard any good or bad things about the breeder. Pet parents should also do research on the breed they are planning on adding to their family.
There are plenty of ways to show appreciation to dogs on National Dog Day. For dogs waiting for his/her forever homes in shelters, conduct a local NAPPS P4P campaign in your community - the simple act of dropping off used blankets, tasty treats and new toys will ensure that they are given proper attention and care while waiting for their future families. If trying to make a difference for the lives of animals getting mistreated in puppy mills and labs, pet lovers can write a letter to their congressman protesting against puppy mills. And if pet lovers just want to show how much they love their pets and have a bit of fun, they can hire a professional pet photographer, buy a pet a new toy, or even take them to a doggy play resort.
Show appreciation to the dogs in your lives and make their day!