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August 26th – National Dog Day

National Dog DayHappy National Dog Day! Created by the National Dog Day Foundation, their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. The first goal of National Dog Day is to honor dogs and all they do for us. Not only do they give us love and companionship, but they also provide many services from being a watchdog and rescuer to helping out the disabled.

National Dog DayThe second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. The National Dog Day Foundation’s aspiration is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. If you don’t have a dog, consider adopting one from a shelter today. Go to your local dog shelter or check out Pet Finder. Please do not purchase dogs from unethical backyard breeders and pet stores – their puppies typically come from puppy mills.

Don’t know your dog’s birthday? Well here’s a great substitute birth date for your dog! What dog wouldn’t want a summertime birthday!

dog massageIf you’re not sure how to celebrate National Dog Day, take your dog out for a walk outside, e.g. in the park or on the beach. Bring his/her favorite toys to play with. Put in an extra 15 minutes of fetch. Provide extra belly rubs and doggie massages! If your dog enjoys the groomer, take him to a spa appointment there. Buy your dog a new toy or treats. The list of fun things to do with your dog is endless, but most important of all is for you to spend some extra time with your dog and appreciate all that your dog does for you every day!

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