Friday 26th August is National Dog Day, a special day for all dogs and dog lovers. Celebrated annually, it’s a day when we can celebrate our favourite animal by showing them love, respect, and care. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows just how much love and joy they can bring into your life and a national day to celebrate dogs is a great way of bringing us all together to appreciate these animals that many consider as members of their family rather than just pets.
What is National Dog Day?
National Dog Day was created in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert, to promote responsible pet ownership and to celebrate the positive impact that dogs have on the lives of humans. National Dog Day is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits that having a dog in your life can bring.
Why Should You Celebrate National Dog Day?
Because dogs deserve a day for us to shower our love, affection and attention on them (even more than usual!)
National Dog Day is the perfect day to celebrate your love and appreciation of dogs. Dogs have been man’s companions for thousands of years and the bond between dogs and humans is an incredibly special one (read our blog on this here).
It’s also a day to help to raise awareness for shelter dogs who are in need of a loving home, and to promote responsible dog ownership. There are huge numbers of dogs that need to be rescued in Australia every year who are in need of a loving home, so for anyone considering adding a canine companion to their family, it’s a great time to consider adoption to give a dog a wonderful life.
How to Celebrate National Dog Day?
There are plenty of things you can do to celebrate National Dog Day. Some of our suggestions include:
- Visit a dog shelter
- Do some research into adopting a dog or puppy – the RSPCA has some great resources to help you decide if this is the right option for you and your family
- Make a donation to one of the many wonderful organisations that are dedicated to helping dogs in need such as the Animal Welfare League QLD.
- Take your dog for a walk – there may be events going on at your local dog park or simply take the opportunity to mix with other dogs and dog lovers at the park
- Buy your dog a gift – get them a new toy, blanket, outfit or anything that will make them happy and you smile!
- Give your dog some extra treats (which of course are always welcome!)
- Cook them a special meal – whip them up a feast with all of their favourite meat and veg!
- Give them lots of big hugs and kisses!
So be sure to add the 26th August to your calendar and schedule some quality time with your furry friend to show them just how much you love and appreciate them.