International Dog Day was started as National Dog Day in the US in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert and animal rescue advocate Colleen Paige. She chose to observe the day on August 26 as it’s the date that her family adopted their first dog ‘Sheltie’ from an animal shelter home.
The website of National Dog Day describes their mission as “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.” Also, National Dog Day celebrates dogs of all breeds.
Dogs are a man’s best friend for a reason, so why not celebrate them? These furry friends range in all different shapes, sizes, and breeds. There is a dog out there for everyone! Whether you like big dogs or small dogs, every pup should be celebrated on National Dog Day.
This holiday was created in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate. She created this day so that all dogs can be celebrated and also to draw attention to the number of dogs in shelters and to encourage adoption to those who have yet to find a place to call home.
August 26 is significant to Colleen because it is the day her family adopted her Sheltie when she was 10 years old.
Since the first celebration in 2004, National Dog Day has grown and is now celebrated across the world. In 2013 the holiday was written into New York legislation and can be seen on the New York State Senate’s website.
To spread the word further, those that oversee the holiday have joined forces with many rescue partners, including The Human Society of The United States and West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue.
Together they draw attention to the number of dogs that are without a home and try to actively encourage people searching for a dog to visit an adoption shelter instead of a pet store.
Since the first day back in 2004, it is estimated that approximately one million dogs have been saved through adoption in the U.S. For dog owners that aren’t looking to add to their family, National Dog Day has become a day for treating their friend like the legend they are and enjoying the connection that we’ve built up with dogs over thousands of years.
Colleen Paige, the founder of the holiday, also uses the day to draw attention to the multiple ways in which dogs contribute towards our society.
From putting their lives on the line to help law enforcement track down bombs or drug dealers to providing assistance for those who need it, dogs play an important role. Nowadays dogs can even identify cancer in patients.
National Dog Day has also been using its platform to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and continuously pushes for all dogs to be allowed to live happy and abuse-free lives.
National Dog Day is on an upward trajectory and continues to grow in popularity. It is widely covered in the media each year and rescue homes are the all-important exposure they need to get their message across. Whether you choose to celebrate by volunteering at a rescue home, making a donation to a shelter, or by giving your furry friend an extra big cuddle, make sure you spend this day acknowledging just how awesome dogs are.
“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.” —Johnny Depp.
“There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.” —Benjamin Franklin.
“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.” —Quentin Tarantino.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Mark Twain.
“The love of a dog is a sure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” Michel Houellebecq.
“You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of.” Jill Abramson.
“My favorite type of pet has always been a dog. They’re loyal, kind, and offer endless affection. My friend Eric says, ‘The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.’ Funny though.” Brendon Urie.
“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” —Mark Twain.
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” Kinky Friedman.
“The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.” Patrick Demarchelier.
“When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” —Rudyard Kipling.
Life in lockdown has not only allowed us to spend more quality time at home with our families (of the human kind), but also with our pets too! Whether your pet has become your new working from a home buddy, or they’ve just been there keeping your spirits up…this precious time has given us the opportunity to witness all their cute quirks and funny personalities more than ever!
International Dog Day is observed on August 26th every year to encourages dog ownership of all breeds. It celebrates all dogs and encourages adoption. A lot of people in India are taking up the idea of adopting a stray dog. The community dogs that live on the streets by the neighborhood are extremely intelligent and quick learners.
They also make great running companions. No one can win hearts like man’s best friend and dogs are the best companions, the bond between man and canine is amazing irrespective of their breeds.
Dog shelters and rescues are full of lovable, active, and healthy adoptable dogs just waiting for someone to take them home. The unofficial holiday is also sometimes called World Dog Day, National Dog Appreciation Day, or International Dog Day.
The holiday also aims to raise awareness about dog adoption and the importance of providing rescue dogs with a safe and loving environment.
With this in mind, to celebrate National Dog Day, Safestyle are launching a nationwide.