By Emily Woodbury
Today, August 26th, is a day to celebrate our furry friends (ahem, dogs.) There seems to be a national celebration for everything these days, from National Ice Cream Day to National Twins day; however, as much as we like ice cream and twins, there’s nothing Americans want to celebrate more than their dogs.
The day lends itself to an extra lick of peanut butter, a new squeaky toy, or an “OK, fine. You can sleep on the bed tonight, Spot.” But really, what the day aims to recognize is the high number of dogs that are looking for their fur-ever home. In hopes of saving a life out of the millions that are killed each year in shelters, National Dog Day raises awareness about the importance of adopting a dog from a shelter, rather than purchasing a dog from a breeder or a puppy mill.
If you’re like me (and I am a bit dog-obsessed) you’ll be giving your pooch some extra love today to celebrate. However, if you feel like extending the love a little further you can find a local donation center here and donate pet food, toys or beds to a shelter animal in need.
If you can’t find any local events, organize one yourself! “Yappy Hours,” a happy hour for humans and their dogs, are a great way to meet new people and socialize your dog. Organize your own “Yappy Hour” in your campground and celebrate!
The official website for National Dog Day can be found here.