Doggone Fun Ways To Celebrate National Dog Day
Summer is full of wonderful holidays, from grand, nationwide celebrations like the Fourth of July to local observances like Colorado Day. One holiday that is sure to get tails wagging is National Dog Day on August 26. It's our national "howliday" to honor dogs and celebrate everything they bring to our lives. (Be patient feline fanciers; National Cat Day is October 29.) It was started by an animal advocate in 2004 to bring attention to all the dogs in need of adoption, and has grown into an official day of appreciation for dogs and their owners. There are a lot of fun ways to celebrate National Dog Day with your cuddly canine. Plan your day with some of these ideas.
Have A Paw-ty!
A party is always the best way to celebrate a holiday. Invite your friends, their pets, and other animal lovers to your own National Dog Day get-together for an afternoon of fun. Just like a human party, a dog party takes a little planning. Prepare pup-friendly treats along with delicious food for the human attendees. Keep your guests busy with contests and games like bobbing for hot dogs. Remember to have out at least as many water bowls as four-legged guests, and make sure the dogs have enough space so you can separate any competitors that do not get along.
Help Out An Animal Welfare Organization
According to the ASPCA®, approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters in America every year. Each state has thousands of animal shelters, some operated by counties and cities and others by private groups. The vast majority of them operate on shoestring budgets, constantly running short of food and supplies. Helping them out would be an excellent way to celebrate National Dog Day. Call a local shelter and find out what they need. Often, a small donation of cash, dog food, toys or collars will go a long way. They also may be looking for volunteers to help with the animals.
Walk Your Dog Someplace New
You walk your pup daily, but do you always walk him on the same path or exercise in the same park? The holiday is a perfect time to shake things up. Just like humans, dogs can get bored with the same routine. Shake things up by going for a hike or heading to a nearby beach for a little fun. You can also explore a new dog park or check out a local nature preserve that allows dogs. If you need help finding a convenient dog park, try the search engine at DogPark.com. Who knows, you and your dog may even meet some new friends!
Update Your Dog's Gear
Even the smallest, gentlest pooch can be hard on toys and other essentials. Worn out gear not only looks shabby, it can be dangerous. A frayed leash could give way; swallowing stuffing from a toy can make a dog sick. Go through their toy bins, collars, harnesses, leashes, tags, and even clothing to remove items that need to be repaired or should be tossed. Then, take your pet on a trip to your favorite pet store or sit down together and browse online to get replacements. Don't forget to grab a new toy to celebrate National Dog Day.
If you want to add a dog to your life or are thinking about expanding your pet family, National Dog Day is a perfect time to start the process. Contact a nearby animal shelter to find out the requirements and fees to bring a new pup into your life. If your heart is set on a certain breed, seek out a rescue organization that specializes in it. Most breeds have an organization dedicated to them. For instance, the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network finds foster and forever homes for cairn terriers and cairn mixes. Simply do a web search with the name of the breed you want and the word "rescue" to get started.
Spending time with your pet is always fun, and doing it on National Dog Day makes it even more special. No matter what you do, remember to observe basic safety rules and local leash laws to keep you and your dog safe and healthy while you celebrate.
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