National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. The date of August 26th of significance to Colleen, as it is the date that Colleen’s family adopted her first dog “Sheltie” when she was 10 years old.
National Dog Day honors man’s eternal, loyal, and greatest friend, celebrating all dog breeds, pure and mixed; celebrating family dogs and dogs that work to save lives, to keep us safe and provide comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day for their law enforcement partner, for their disabled companion, and for our freedom and safety as they detect bombs and drugs, and perform search and rescue for victims of disaster.
Let’s not forget National Dog Day’s main purpose, however, which is to bring awareness to the public of the staggering number of dogs that need to be rescued from homelessness. Countless dogs wallow in shelters, are passed between foster homes, or await imminent euthanasia if they are not adopted soon.
According to the National Dog Day website, however, National Dog Day has a large tent that includes pure breed dogs. While National Dog Day recognizes people’s right to purchase a pure breed dog, National Dog Day does strongly discourages buying dogs from pet stores supplied by unethical puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet, and newspaper ads. They also encourage people seeking a new canine companion to consider adoption first. Adoption versus purchase are not necessarily mutually exclusive, as National Dog Day reminds us there are numerous pure breed dog rescues in cities across the country.
I would like to thank Colleen Paige and the organization she founded for creating a day to dedicated to man’s best friend. From dog lovers all over the world sharing posts of their beloved dogs on social media, to raising awareness about issues important to the well being of dogs, one of mankind’s greatest gifts, National Dog Day reminds us how special dogs are and how much work we have to do to make sure as many dogs as possible receive the love that that yearn to give.
In honor of Colleen, National Dog Day and the wondrous innocents they celebrate, please join me in donating $5 to a local rescue today. If you are considering getting a new dog, consider adopting one in need of a forever home.
Recommended Link: https://www.nationaldogday.com/
Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian, highly regarded media personality through a number of topics and platforms, and author of The Man In The White Coat: A Veterinarian’s Tail Of Love. In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a globally recognized expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , general partner of Grant Animal Clinic, and runs the successful veterinary/animal health blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care. Dr. Welton fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.