August 26 is National Dog Day

DoggiesNational Dog Day is August 26! It was created in 2004 to celebrate our furry friends and all they do for us. All over the country there are hundreds of organizations, events, and fundraisers to help pooches find forever homes and stay happy and healthy. Plus, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in your own hometown whether you are, or aren’t, a pet owner.

Adopt

If you are not a pet owner or want to have another companion for you and your pooch, adopting from a shelter or reputable breeder is a wonderful way to celebrate National Dog Day. If you are a first time owner, be sure that the shelter or breeder you are adopting your new friend from is not only reputable but also offers training so you and your pup can start off on the right foot.

You should also adopt a dog that is up-to-date on all of their checkups and shots. This way, you know your new friend is healthy and ready to head home. Finally, make sure you have plenty of time to train and care for a dog. You will want to make sure your new friend will not be lonely while you are away at work or running errands. Ask your office if you are allowed to have dogs at work and, if so, set up a nice spot for them. If not, be sure you live close enough that you can head back to the house at least once a day to stop by, go for a quick walk, and refresh their water.

Volunteer

If you have enough dogs or are unable to be a dog owner right now, volunteering is a great way to celebrate National Dog Day and help out your local shelter at the same time. You can do this by donating some of your time (either once or on a regular basis) to help clean kennels, feed dogs, or take them on walks. In doing so, you’ll help ensure the dogs will have the socialization they need and you can enjoy giving them plenty of affection and belly rubs.

Spoil

If you’re a volunteer at a shelter or just want to spoil your own pups, creating toys, cooking treats, or just taking them to the pet store is a wonderful way to celebrate. Just be sure that if you are going to the store, the pet store is okay that you are bringing your dog. If you want to create toys or recipes, it is simple and easy but make sure all fabrics, ingredients, or instruments won’t cause allergic reactions or harm their intestines.