Updated: Aug 2
International Dog Day is a whole day dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend. The holiday was founded in 2004 as National Dog Day by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate, and is now held every year on August 26th, commemorating the date Colleen adopted her first dog.
Since the first celebration in 2004, National Dog Day has grown and is been adopted 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.
International Dog Day celebrates working, domestic, and service dogs of all breeds, and aims to raise awareness of the number of dogs that are still awaiting adoption from shelters and rescue agencies. The Holiday also draws attention to the multiple ways in which dogs contribute to our society. From putting their lives on the line to help law enforcement track down bombs or drug dealers, to assisting those in need, dogs play a very important role in society. Nowadays dogs can even identify cancer in patients!
At Wind Group we recognize how important these furry friends are to us, which is why we pay them a little homage. We asked our guests to send pictures of their furry loved ones and here they are:
How to celebrate International Dog Day?
Participating in this event is easy, just spending time with your furry friends can be a fantastic celebration, but if you want to go above and beyond, here are some suggestions to make this day the best for your dogs:
Donate food, toys or blankets to a dog rescue shelter or organization.
Does your dog have another furry best friend? Then let him get together with his/her friend on a wonderful playdate!
Give your pup a gift! It could be a toy, a portrait, a treat, a massage... The possibilities are infinite. It's Dogs Day, so take advantage of the excuse and splurge for those fun pet gifts.
Take your dog on a nice long walk into new and interesting places. If there’s a downtown area, beach, or local trail you’ve been wanted to check out, this is the perfect opportunity to take your dog with you.
Bake a dog-friendly treat! There’s a lot of recipes online for doggy cakes, homemade biscuits, and popsicles. It’s fun to make something for your pet and they will love whatever you give them.
Adopt a dog! Of course, only if you are 100% willing and able (remember they are loving living creatures too) Petfinder.com has information about available furry friends to adopt near you.
Play games with your dog, create a doggy obstacle course, or play a game of hide and seek. Teaching your dog some new tricks is also a great way to have fun and keep your dog mentally agile.
Whatever your choice is to celebrate this special day, don't forget your furry friend is the heart of it, so make sure he or she knows how special they are for you.
As a last note, check out this beautiful ode to the dogs of Maine by Matt Castella. To learn more about it click here.