If you are a social media user (and who isn’t these days?!), more likely than not, you have seen an awful lot about National Dog Day today. Though many people celebrate their four-legged friends every day of the year, as of 2004, August 26 became the “official” day to celebrate man’s best friend.
According to the National Dog Day website, National Dog Day’s mission “is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.”
NBC News has an excellent list of dog-friendly places to visit, plus special events to both celebrate man’s best friend and inspire people to consider adoption. Twitter feeds are awash with #NationalDogDay posts – take a gander to find heartwarming, funny and inspiring photos from dog lovers anxious to show off their best friends.
TIME has a list of 10 hero dogs to celebrate on this special day – dogs like Quasimodo, a German shepherd with short-spine syndrome, who lives an inspiring, full life, despite his disability. And dogs like the Doberman in India who fought off four venomous snakes to save his family, and lost his life while doing so.
On Facebook, animal control agencies like Riverside Animal Services are promoting pet adoption – a gentle reminder that incredible dogs are waiting to be discovered, and loved. Riverside Animal Services wrote, “Shouldn’t it be National Dog MONTH??!?!?!? But, anyway, we hope you and your dog are happy today. And EVERY DAY! And, if you need a dog, we know some that would love to be with you tonight.”
One excited Facebook user expressed joy over this awesome day of celebration, “This is the best day ever! My news feeds are flooded with puppies! Can it be national dog day everyday?” No doubt – our dogs are to be celebrated. Who else offers us such unconditional love? Be honest, is anyone else as excited to see you when you come home?
If you are considering adding a four-legged friend to your household, remember that there are thousands of homeless dogs at shelters and rescue organizations across the nation. Incredible, awesome dogs who just need the chance to love and be loved.
If your house is already full of tail-wagging, tongue-lolling friends who seem to have been created just to make us happier, give them a special treat tonight and let them know how much you adore their companionship.
Read more about National Dog Day here.