national dog dayToday is National Dog Day, also known as International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day, a day to celebrate “Man’s Best Friend”… our beloved canine companions… our furry, barking children with paws.  Gotta love it! 🙂 National Dog Day is the brain child of Colleen Paige in 2004 in reaction to how little recognition the canine heroes from 9/11 received. “Dogs are really doing everything that we wished we could do for each other,” says Paige. “They love unconditionally and we really can’t love each other unconditionally…we’re just not made like that. I think it’s such a travesty that dogs are so abused and neglected when they are one of the most wonderful creatures on this earth.”

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs 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. (

“The world would be a much better place…. if we saw one another, as dogs see us. I don’t expect that to ever happen…but it’s a beautiful dream.” ~Colleen Paige~

From and interview with Paige, if you have a dog, there are plenty of ways to celebrate with your best friend, says Paige.

“Take your dog to the beach, go buy them a new toy, get them groomed. That always feels really good for a dog who hasn’t been bathed in a long time is to get a good bath and a good grooming. Make sure that you are giving the dog in your care proper exercise and proper food. Read up on the newest health care.”

If you don’t have a dog and adoption is not an option, Paige says there are other ways you can take part in National Dog Day.

“Offer to walk dogs or help clean up at a local shelter or just donate $5. If everyone in their community donated $5 to a local shelter, which many people are able to do, that would be such a huge financial gain that every shelter really needs.”

You can listen to the full interview HERE


I’ll be celebrating National Dog Day the same as I do every day, loving mine the best I can and continuing to advocate for them… How about you? Find out more about about National Dog Day – HERE

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