It’s The Best Day Ever! Celebrate National Dog Day On August 26

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
It is THE dog day of summer! On Friday, August 26, we celebrate all of the awesomeness that dogs bring to our lives, while remembering there’s still much to be done when it comes to helping our furry BFFs.

In 2004, pet expert Colleen Paige founded National Dog Day to celebrate all things dog. Specifically, she wanted to call attention to the number of dogs languishing in shelters, and to the heroic efforts dogs give to us each day as loving family members, as service animals, and as tireless workers who serve in law enforcement and the military.

National Dog Day advocates against breed bans, or “breed-specific legislation,” and encourages people who are interested in purchasing dogs from breeders to do their research and select a reputable breeder. Even though the goal is to encourage adoption, for dog lovers who want to purchase a pup, National Dog Day educates people about puppy mills, backyard breeders, and the dangers of buying dogs through the internet or newspaper.

And, if that’s not enough, National Dog Day marks the birthdays of millions of shelter dogs whose true birthdays are unknown.

The official National Dog Day website offers 20 suggestions for celebrating the day—ranging from volunteering at your local shelter to giving your dog a massage. Even non-dog-owners are encouraged to give a $5 donation to their local shelter in honor of this special day.

Are you or your dog active on social media? You can follow National Dog Day on Twitter or Instagram. And, each time you share a pic of your beloved pup to celebrate the day, use one of the official hashtags:

All dog lovers have a day to celebrate all dogs!

The bottom line for Paige, though, is spelled out on her website: it’s a day for unwanted dogs to become wanted dogs.

[Source: National Dog Day]

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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