Woof-hoo! Celebrate National Dog Day August 26

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National Dog Day logoPrepare to treat your pooch even better than usual Aug. 26 — it’s the 12th Annual National Dog Day, a holiday intended to encourage people to recognize the number of dogs needing to be rescued, as well as to honor pups who save lives, keep us safe and bring us comfort.

National Dog Day was created in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige. Since then, it’s been celebrated each year on Aug. 26.

“I founded National Dog Day to honor dogs, to give them a ‘day’ to show our deep appreciation for the historical connection of companionship with one another,” Paige says on the official National Dog Day website. “For their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as police K-9s, military working dogs, guide dogs and therapy dogs.”

She was inspired by her rescue dog, Sailor, who “was tortured and starved when I found her in the shelter at 7 months old, and she taught me what unconditional love and trust really meant.”

national dog dayThe National Dog Day website has plenty of suggestions for ways to celebrate with your pooch, such as buying him a new toy, throwing a party and/or teaching him a new trick.

If you don’t have a dog, you are asked to donate $5 to your favorite rescue or shelter. And whether or not you have a pooch, you can also celebrate by spending some quality time Aug. 26 (or better yet, any day) visiting the lonely dogs at your local shelter.

I wish you and your pooch(es) a very Happy National Dog Day!

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