August 26th is National Dog Day. What does that mean?
A dedicated day of canine celebration. A day set aside to highlight all dogs that need rehoming, waiting in shelters around the world.
Monday 26th August is a day to celebrate the unique relationship with your own dog and those of your friends and extended family.
Our dogs give us so much. Recently a friend texted me a graphic/picture of a simply monthly calender. It was titled ‘Your Dog’s Calender’ and in every box in the day of the month was written ‘Best Day Ever’ repeated over and over again, I’ve made one to show you.
Founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure and is there to galvanize the public into recognising the amount of dogs that are waiting for loving homes in rescue centres. The side result to giving our dogs a day of international celebration is the fruition of a special day that we put our dogs at the forefront of our mind.
You can take part in National Dog Day by doing one or a number of the following things.
Adopt a dog from your nearest dog shelter - of course, this decision needs to be clearly thought through, but if you have been considering this for some time, today is the day to do it.
Do a refreshed safety check of your home or office to make sure that Fido is safe on a daily basis. Have you been meaning to add an extra catch on the back door? Or get a safety gate for the stairs? Do it on August 26th.
Dig out your old blankets, dog beds or leads and donate them to your local rescue centre (give them a clean first though!)
Add to your social media that you promote loving dog care, oppose puppy farming and encourage others to consider rescue.
Send a dog-related card or gift to a loved one with a dog. (from an independent maker/craftsperson will earn you extra golden points in my book)
Take some new and lovely photographs of your dog, celebrate them over your social media and perhaps send them to National Dog Day too to add your shoulder to the day.
Help an elderly neighbour by offering to take their dog for a walk.
Give your dog’s things a good ole clean out. Wash beds & blankets, scrub toys clean - bath the dog too!
Buy your dog a new toy to keep them busy and stimulated.
Take your dog for an extra long walk today, or meet up with some other doggy pals for a special playdate.
Take your dog to the beach for a play in the water, they will love you even more for it.
Most importantly, so I’m not giving this one a number. Spend time with your dog, play with them, pet them, give them a bath - simply celebrate your love for them.
Enjoy your day and I would LOVE to see some photographs on my ipaintdogs facebook page.
With love, Sam x
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