Updated: Aug 26
What exactly is National Dog Day (NDD) and Why is it Celebrated?
Does this even need an answer? Isn't it “Dog Day” everyday? I like to think that way at least.
Ok, but seriously... National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, regardless of breed, mixed or pure. “The mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.” (nationaldogday.com).
It is celebrated every year on August 26 (mark your calendar!) and was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige.
Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds are there for us in more ways than we can ever explain. Their constant love, loyalty, comfort and friendship is like nothing else. Other than being our personal therapists and constant companion, they also “put their lives on the line every day...for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they're detecting cancer and seizures...things even humans cannot do.” (nationaldogday.com) To put it simply, dogs are simply the best! I may be biased, but I have a strong feeling I am not alone.
Unfortunately, millions of dogs who were once “wanted” as a birthday or holiday gift, or more recently as a companion during the Covid pandemic, are now UNWANTED because no one realized how to properly care for them or realized the amount of responsibility involved for caring for them. They're unwanted because they shed too much, bark too much or unwanted simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you.
So…. What can we do to CELEBRATE National Dog Day?
Here are 7 Suggestions:
Adopt a dog from a local shelter or from a purebred rescue organization (these dogs deserve a second chance)
Volunteer at a local shelter to walk or play with the dogs or *donate money or supplies. There are so many dogs at shelters that need food, blankets, and love. (*Dough ReMia’s Doggie Dough will be donating a portion of sales to local charities around the country. More details to follow)
Have a National Dog Day Party and invite all your friends and their dogs
Have a portrait painted of your dog or plan a photoshoot (using your phone’s camera works perfectly fine, too- I’m sure there’s room for a few more of your dog sleeping. LOL!)
Buy your dog a new toy (or 2 or 3 or more!)
Spend quality time with your dog: go for a walk, play fetch or another favorite game, and/or give your dog a massage
Spoil your dog with his/her favorite treats. Bake your dog fresh-from-your-oven treats (because who knows how long those other slightly stale treats on the shelf have been there?) If you want to keep it easy and healthy, we suggest www.doughremia.com Or, if you want to make your own, visit our blog posts for other ideas, suggestions, and recipes. It feels so good to TREAT your dog well!
Whatever you do to celebrate NDD, have fun and enjoy time with your dog(s). Each day with your fur-baby is truly a gift. We are the lucky ones!
We'd love to hear what you do to celebrate NDD & see your photos:
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