Today is National Dog Day, otherwise known as Dog Appreciation Day and International Dog Day!
The holiday is celebrated around the world by dog lovers and their furry friends.
According the official National Dog Day page, the day was founded in 2004 by Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige.
The day celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure and serves to help boost awareness to the public about the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.
“National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort,” the site states. “Dogs put their lives on the line every day – protecting our families and homes, for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and helping to locate and rescue victims of accidents and tragedy.”
During these difficult times, National Dog Day is a welcome holiday and just one quick online search of ‘National Dog Day’ will show you how the day is being celebrated today by rescue groups, celebrities and pet parents around the world.
For the dog lovers across the world and for those with canine pals, National Dog Day has put together a list of 20 ways to celebrate. Check it out!
- Adopt a dog from a local rescue, or volunteer your time at a local shelter
- Do a safety check to make sure your home is safe for your dog and others
- Donate blankets, food and toys to dogs in need at a dog welfare organization
- Organize peaceful demonstration in front of a puppy store
- Write to your local politician about banning puppy mills
- Send a dog-theme gift to a friend or family member
- Have a National Dog Day party and invite friends’ dogs
- Take photos of your dog and enter the National Dog Day contest
- Buy an official t-shirt that proudly showcases the holiday
- Help an elderly or ill person with a dog by walking their dog
- Have a portrait painted of your dog
- Buy your dog a new toy to celebrate
- Take your dog to a fun place to play and exercise
- Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur
- Give your dog the gift of a massage or a spa treatment
- Teach your dog a new trick
- Buy your dog a swanky new leash or collar
- Hire a dog photographer for a professional photoshoot
- Take your dog to the beach
- Say “Because Dogs” when someone says hello
There are plenty more ways to celebrate the dog holiday with your pooch. If you’re adventurous perhaps a hike or if you’re into yoga then maybe your dog can join you. As long as you spend time with them they will be happy and their tails will be wagging non-stop, even if it’s a small activity like a nap with your dog or even a belly rub, they will love it.
Having a celebration day like National Dog Day recognizes the important role that our four-legged companions play in our society today. Dogs have emerged as heroes during these rough times. For those people who are in lockdown and in need of companionship, they have turned to adopting a dog to help them cope.
Dogs have also brought smiles to many faces during the pandemic, serving as beer deliverers and beer mascots, they have also helped with invaluable services such as delivering groceries in a small town in Colombia. Dogs are also helping in the fight against the pandemic by working to sniff out those who might be infected with the disease.
It is wonderful to have a day like National Dog Day which celebrates all dogs, from stray dogs, to heroic sniffer dogs and it is also a way to bring awareness to dogs who need to be rescued and it’s even better that so many people around the world are celebrating it and recognizing the important role that man’s best friend plays in today’s world and the hope is that they will always be appreciated.
Rocky the Traveller said, “I’m happy that today is a day where all of my fellow dogs can be celebrated. I know that I am celebrating today by checking a few things off the list of 20 (and some bonus ones), including 15 and 16. But really, in our household, every day is National Dog Day so we will be going through that entire list in short order. Cheers to all the dogs around the world!”