National Dog Day
annually on August 26th (since 2004)
Colleen Paige in 2004
National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige. She is a pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, who has also founded days such as National Mutt Day, National Puppy Day, and National Cat Day. The day happens to take place on the anniversary of the day when her family adopted their first dog when she was ten. National Dog Day is for all dogs, both purebred and mixed, and the mission of the day is to raise awareness about the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, as well as to acknowledge the role dogs have played to keep us safe and bring us comfort. Dogs work with law enforcement, are eyes for the blind, and help the disabled, and they enrich our lives in a myriad of ways.
How to Observe
One of the main goals of the day is to raise awareness for dogs that need to be rescued, so there may be no greater way to celebrate the day than to adopt a dog. The National Dog Day organization recommends that if you are buying from a breeder, to do some research on their background. They encourage everyone to stay away from pet stores that get their dogs from puppy mills, and to instead adopt from a shelter or rescue organization. Many times these places have adoption drives. If you don't wish to adopt a dog, you can still go to a shelter, and spend some time helping out by walking or playing with dogs, or in helping to clean their cages. If you have an elderly or ill friend or neighbor who has a dog, you can help them out with their dog as well. If you have a dog or dogs visit your house, you could use the day to do a safety check to make sure your house is safe for dogs. You could then have a dog party at your house and invite your friends and all their dogs over. You could buy your dog a treat, a new collar or leash, or toy, or you could have your dog exchange these things with other dogs at your dog party. Find more information about how to celebrate at the National Dog Day website.