Celebrate National Dog Day August 26th

Beautiful yorkshire terrier playing with a ball on National Dog Day

Mark August 26th in your calendar so you won’t forget to celebrate your four-legged friend. National Dog Day is an annual celebration of man’s best and most loyal friend. The holiday was created in 2004 as a way to bring public attention to dogs in need of rescue, pay tribute to the furry creatures that work in public service, and generally show appreciation for the comfort and laughter that dogs bring. There are multiple ways that you can celebrate National Dog Day, but the following are a few ideas to get you started.

Have a Party

Dog dressed up for National Dog Day

This is a day for the dogs, so throw your pup a huge party and invite all his friends, both two and four legged. Have fun with it. Decorate your house, put up pictures of your dog, hang a banner — the works. You can even go all out and have a special doggy cake baked, buy party hats just for the critters, and get your dog a new toy or bone as a dog day gift.

Snap Pics of Your Pooch

Dachshund Miniature Purebred dogs pictured for National Dog Day

Take pictures of your pet throughout the day to commemorate the celebration. Get creative and use your imagination to dress your dog up in varying costumes with props and miniature sets. Choose your favorite shot of your dog and enter the National Dog Day photo contest.

Adopt a New Friend

Dog holding a piece of paper that says "Love me"

One of the main aims of National Dog Day is to highlight issues facing dogs. One of the chief issues is the staggering number of dogs across the U.S. that are in need of families. If you don’t currently have a pet, adopting a dog on National Dog Day is the absolute perfect way to celebrate. If you already have a pawed companion, why not consider getting him a friend of his own? Because let’s be honest: The only thing better than having a dog as a best friend is having two.

Donate to Pups in Need

Love between cat and a dog

While showering your pup with new toys is always fun, remember there are loads of unfortunate dogs that don’t have an awesome owner. While you can’t adopt them all, you can donate new or gently used toys, blankets, food, and other items to local animal welfare organizations.

Write Your Legislator

family spending time at park with dog on National Dog Day

Surprisingly, puppy mills and gas chambers are legal in most states. Current legislation regulating the dog breeding industry is insufficient in protecting pups from inhumane conditions. Take a moment to write your lawmakers and let them know you want legislation that bans puppy mills, gas chambers, and other practices that are inhumane to dogs.

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