National Dog Day was founded by pet expert Colleen Paige in 2004 as a way to recognize the many different ways dogs keep us happy. They’re known as “man’s best friend” for a reason. They’ll be by your side when you’re not feeling well, they’ll give you a huge welcome when you walk in the door and, best of all, they like you just the way you are.
Many families that have dogs treat them just like another member of the family. They enjoy perks, just like their humans do, such as going on vacations, getting special treats and getting dressed up for family pictures. National Dog Day can be an opportunity to celebrate your dog’s dedication and reliability.
Five ways that Ms. Paige suggests to celebrate National Dog Day are:
BUY YOUR DOG A FUN, NEW TOY
Dogs love to chew and pull and the Stuffing Free Dog Toy (set of 2) is perfect for them, as there is no stuffing inside to mess up your home. Another fun toy is the Fetch Ball Launcher. It’s a great way for your dog to exercise, while still having fun chasing the ball up to 20 feet away.
DONATE TO WWW.HUMANSOCIETY.ORG
If you have extra blankets, food or toys, please donate them to your local Human Society (www.humansociety.org). Many shelters rely solely on donations to take care of the animals in their care.
BRUSH YOUR DOG OFTEN
Not only do dogs love it when you brush them, but it also helps to eliminate excess fur. Your dog will keep its coat healthy and you’ll minimize the amount of dog hair in your home.
ASSIST THE ELDERLY
Ask any elderly neighbor if you can help by walking their dog. Keep one or two extra leashes, like the Comfy Control Mesh Dog Leash around.
TEACH YOUR DOG A NEW TRICK
Dogs love learning new things! Some oldie, but goody tricks are, “shake hands”, “speak”, and “play dead”. If your dog has mastered those already, then your pet might be ready to learn other tricks like “wave goodbye”, “fetch” and “got to bed”. You can also train your dog to use the extra comfy plush pet bed for sleeping. The bed is so cozy; chances are that they’ll pick up this trick pretty quickly.
We hope the few tips listed above will remind you to celebrate your dog. As you know, once they are part of your family, you’ll forever be the lucky recipient of a loyal and understanding companion. Even with the ups and downs of life, your dog will still greet you with a wagging tail after you have a bad day. They’ll be your buddy, your companion and your friend, when you feel like you have no one. So, for this one day, week or month, be sure to remind your pet of how much they are loved. If you have any stories you’d like to share, please send us a comment below.