Founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige National Dog Day has a broader, more important message than many might realize. It’s a day that “serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year…National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort”. So, though, it’s great to post a pic of your pooch on Instagram with the infamous hashtag, it’s important to recognize what this day is truly about, and take the opportunity this day creates to educate others all while celebrating how fantastic your dog is!
Here are 5 great ways to celebrate National Dog Day
TREAT YOUR DOG TO A VANILLA CONE (OR DOG FRIENDLY FRO-YO):
Admittedly there is some debate about dogs and dairy, but if you know your dog manages to digest it with ease, take your dog for a special frozen treat! The first step is to make sure the ice cream is free of any xylitol free and then get your camera (and video camera) ready if you’re taking your dog for their very first cone. Their sheer delight is something you’re going to want to capture to memorialize the moment.
VISIT THE PET STORE:
Take your dog to their favorite pet store and let them pick out a new toy or treat. While you’re there pick up something for a dog that’s less fortunate and donate it to a local rescue, or shelter.
WALK IN A NEW AREA OF THE CITY:
Pick a new park, trail, or area of the city that your dog’s never been to. Switch up your routine, grab their leash and let them explore some new sights, sounds and sniffs.
PLAN A PLAY-DATE:
This year National Dog Day happens to fall on a Friday. Plan a get together with other pet parents and let the dogs have an extended play-date, group walk, or activity with a bunch of your dog’s best buddies. You and your dog will have a fabulous Friday.
Be sure to recognize what National Dog Day is all about. There are thousands of dogs that are waiting for their forever homes. Contact your local shelter, or rescue and find out what they need most. If you’ve got towels, blankets, toys or treats gather them up (if you can get your community involved for a bigger donation, that’s even better) for a donation. If you can spare a few dollars make a donation in your dog’s name to a worthy rescue or organization that’s in need.
National Dog Day is about celebrating all dogs, so get ready to praise your pooch, spoil them (more than you usually do) and give back to those canines that aren’t as fortunate as your own.
For other ideas of how you can celebrate, or to learn more about National Dog Day, visit nationaldogday.com.