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Yo, Dawg. Happy National Dog Day!

Celebrating National Dog Day with cuddles, kisses, and extra treats
On August 26th, it's all about the dogs (and puppies).on National Dog Day.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26, 2017 as America goes to the dogs on National Dog Day.

National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation in a mission to promote adoption of rescue dogs and to support local pet shelters coast to coast. Their motto? "Saving 10,000 Dogs - One Day at a Time".

Since 2004, the foundation has saved the lives of more than 100,000 of the furry critters, and today the celebration of National Dog Day has traveled thousands of miles with similar celebrations on the same day occurring in the UK, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Canada.

In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs are "man's best friend" in countless other ways -- protecting our homes, leading the blind, acting heroically in times of war, or aiding in search and rescue missions.


How to celebrate National Dog Day

That's easy. Host a National Dog Day event to raise money for your local animal shelter, or offer your services as a volunteer. Spoil them with extra treats, or get creative with dog-friendly recipes for a nutritious home-cooked meal.

Since August is summer vacation, make plans to take your dog along on a dog friendly vacation or a little R&R in a swank dog friendly hotel.

Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs. -- and don't forget the camera! Let kids join in the fun by downloading National Dog Day craft projects and coloring pages from Crayola for a great party activity.

While you're having fun, also don't forget to check in on elderly neighbors or shut-ins and offer to walk, groom, or give special treats to their companion dogs.


Fun facts for National Dog Day


Dog noseprints are as
distinctive as human
fingerprints.

• Dog noseprints are as distinctive as human fingerprints. No two are exactly alike and can be used to identify them.

• Stressed? Petting a dog is scientifically proven to lower blood pressure. Walking your dog has lots of health benefits, as well.

• The most popular dog breed in Canada, U.S., and Great Britain is the Labrador retriever.

• Along with National Dog Day, there's also Take Your Dog to Work Day observed every year in the United States in June.

• According research, the best dog for attracting the opposite sex is the Golden retriever. The same study suggests that if you'd rather be left alone, walk a Pit Bull.

• The most popular male dog names are Max and Buddy. The most popular female dog names are Bella and Molly.

• Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are said to be loyal and true.

• French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudelhund or “splashing dog”.)


More about celebrating National Dog Day around the Web:

National Dog Day - The official site, featuring fun facts, information and at least 50 ways to celebrate dogs on National Dog Day.

ESL Holiday Lessons - National Dog Day - Classroom resources to celebrate the day, including spelling, reading comprehension, and word scrambles.

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