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I didn’t know it until just a couple minutes ago, but today is National Dog Day! Now you’re probably wondering what the heck is National Dog Day? Well, it’s basically a day to recognize all the wonderful dogs across the world.
Happy National Dog Day to all the pups out there and my three boys: Linus, a black Australian Shepherd Mix rescue dog, Stetson, a black Labrador Retriever career changed guide dog, and Dublin a yellow Labrador Retriever Puppy In Training. Also, I have to give a shout out to Derby our second puppy in training and a yellow Labrador Retriever career changed guide dog who now lives with his adopted family.
National Dog Day
My three boys celebrating National Dog Day on their new Coolaraoo Dog Bed. You can barely see Linus but he’s the black head and beady little eyes squashed between the two big Labs, Stetson (black) on the left and Dublin (yellow) on the right.
Here’s a description from the official National Dog Day website:
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.
Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day”, to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog’s breed and better yet – visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group for a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Millions of dogs are killed each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!
I think this description describes almost all dogs across the nation, but it feels good when they seem to be mentioning your dog specifically.
Paragraph 1 “…dogs that need to be rescued each year…” – That’s Linus!
Paragraph 1 “…for their blind companion…: – That’s Stetson, Dublin, and Derby (my last Puppy In Training who was adopted out to another family after he was career changed).
Paragraph 1 “…detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage…” – That’s Stetson again! Well kind of…Stetson has been doing nosework and is learning to detect odors. Okay, I’m stretching it a bit, but you never know he may go into service some time.
Once again Happy National Dog Day! Don’t forget to do something fun and exciting with your dog today!
So what do you plan on doing on National Dog Day?