Wow, a national holiday for dogs? Yes, there is a day that has gone to the dogs — National Dog Day celebrated on Aug. 26 each year. Although National Dog Day has not received official recognition it still gives us good reason to celebrate man’s best friend, and trusted companions, our dogs. Undoubtedly, Hobo the Wonder Dog is worthy of a day of celebration and Aug. 26 is the day! National Dog Day is an annual pet holiday to celebrate dogs and encourage dog adoptions according to their Facebook page.
National Dog Day was organized and founded by Colleen Paige in 2004. This year marks 12 years of celebrating everything dogs. An example of how one community is celebrating is LifeLine Animal Project shelters in the Atlanta Georgia area; they are waiving all dog adoption fees on August 26th in celebration of the holiday. LifeLine’s offer is a great deal valued at $250 that includes, all vaccinations, microchipping, and spay or neutering — now that’s a bargain! This is one example of how communities are getting involved in National Dog Day. Building enthusiasm and sharing the holiday with your friends and family not only creates awareness, but also helps dogs everywhere. Who knows maybe next year a shelter in your area may celebrate with incentives on dog adoptions.
Three ways Hobo the Wonder Dog will celebrate National Dog Day:
• Visit his veterinarian for fun and of course a weigh-in to make sure he keeps his boyish figure;
• Go to a national park and snap a picture at a landmark; and
• Make a donation to the two animal shelters we pass on travel to the mountains.
As with all holidays, the true meaning is far more important than the promotion and the hype. To me the meaning of National Dog Day is about strengthening your bond with your dog. It is about promoting awareness of the human animal bond and the benefits animals bring to our life. For me, it is about being with my dog, taking a road trip, visiting with family and friends, taking a hike, but most importantly it’s about traveling together and sharing the adventure.
NationalDogDay.com has a list of 20 ideas for celebrating the holiday. Today and every day is about spending time with the one who always has your back, would never sell you out, and would rather be with you than any other place on Earth — your dog.
Happy National Dog Day!
Life is better with a dog! Woof!
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