Celebrating National Dog Day with Some of My Favorite Dogs
I love dogs! I don’t have one at the moment, but I’ve had two.
Another National and International Dog Day has passed (8/26), and I was surprised to learn that not one of my dog-loving neighbors knew that it was “dog day.” I spent much of the day with all of my furry neighbors. There’s Piper, a golden labrador retriever, M.J., a huge 110-pound black lab, and then there’s Casey, Princess, Duke, Pepper, and Chaos.
National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by animal welfare advocate and pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, according to the holiday’s official website.
The website says that August 26 “celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure, and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year.”
It also says, “National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day, protecting our families and homes … our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and helping to locate and rescue victims of accidents and tragedy.”
The truth is that your four-legged buddy is more likely to sniff out lost snacks in your couch than detect bombs, but that’s no excuse not to spoil your furry friend on this National Day.
Americans don’t need much convincing in that department: According to Forbes Advisor, 65.1 million Americans have dogs and spend an average of $730 a year on them.
Also, 60% of owners swear they have the world’s most spoiled dog according to Studyfinds, with 37% of respondents saying they’d happily switch lives with their dogs for the day.
The French Bulldog is the most popular breed in the U.S., according to the American Kennel Club. According to survey data from the pet supply company Bark Box, Luna is the country’s most popular dog name.
If you missed it, it’s not too late, your dog doesn’t know what a calendar is. Bring them home a belated National Dog Day surprise!
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