Founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate Colleen Paige, National Dog Day is a relatively self-explanatory holiday. Whether they're young or old, big or small, and regardless of breed, National Dog Day aims to celebrate dogs and their never-ending devotion to the people of America. The event also serves to raise awareness about the thousands of shelter dogs that need a forever home.
Celebrated on August 26th (which was the day on which Paige’s family adopted their first pup), National Dog Day recognizes that dogs really are man's best friend, and that there are thousands of pets out there desperate to prove their worth in a loving home.
Paige said of the event: "Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted. They're unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They're unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn't keep their promises about caring for the dog...unwanted because they shed too much...unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED...simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered 'unwanted love', into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"
This National Dog Day, we're celebrating devoted pets, hardworking breeds, service dogs, comfort dogs, and those yet to find a home. For further information regarding National Day Dog, visit the event's website.
Whether you're giving your own dog a cuddle and a treat, raising money for a local shelter, or walking a neighbor's dog in lieu of having your own pet, we hope our four-legged friends from around the country realize how appreciated and loved they are.
If you're considering bringing a dog into your home, please do visit your local shelter. There are many pets in need of a loving family.