A holiday for man’s best friend – National Dog Day is Aug. 26
Have you devoted a little extra love to your favorite furry friend lately? Thinking about adopting a dog since you moved into that new apartment complex that actually allows pets? The perfect day to rectify either situation is coming up – National Dog Day is this week on Aug. 26.
The founder of this special Fido-focused holiday, celebrity pet expert and dog psychologist Colleen Paige, was motivated to dedicate a day just for dogs after noticing that search and rescue dogs had been omitted from a book she was perusing on rescue efforts after 9-11.
The rescuer of an abused dog named Sailor who is now comfortable dressing up like Lady Gaga for Halloween, Colleen believes that animals deserve love, patience and compassion, and she works with her clients to combat annoyance behaviors and train their pets to be happy household members.
“Since the first National Dog Day, August 26th 2004, 100,000 dogs have been saved through adoptions nationwide and we are now expanding to other countries, making NDD an international goal to save dogs around the globe,” Colleen says. It’s an impressive effort but still more needs to be done. An estimated 4 million shelter animals (dogs and cats) are euthanized each year because no homes are available for their care.
If you don’t have a dog, or don’t like dogs, or aren’t sure what you can do to give a dog a bone on National Dog Day, here are a few suggestions:
-Volunteer at an animal shelter. Walk dogs, feed dogs, play with dogs, or help out with other tasks that these struggling non-profits need extra hands to help with.
-Ask your neighbor if they need help with dog-sitting. Even the best pet owner can do with a break from their dog every once in awhile, and if you’re a caring and conscientious person you might both benefit from this arrangement. Hanging out with dogs can improve your health!
-Give a dog a free pass. Yes, dogs misbehave sometimes. But in line with Colleen’s way of thinking, we all need to cut them a little slack. How would you want to be treated if it was your pet that accidentally sniffed someone who hates dogs with a passion or was overly excited to see another dog at the park? Give extra patience to those badly-behaved dogs on National Dog Day, and maybe tell them about Colleen if you have a chance.