With all the wonderful and amazing things dogs bring into our lives let’s look into some ways we can support them by choosing some of these options to celebrate on National Dog Day this coming August 26th.
My favorite is that if you’re thinking of adopting, this is the perfect day to take the plunge. Check out your local shelter or purebred rescue, to find your new friend and companion. Please be sure to check the breed you choose to make sure he/she will fit into your lifestyle.
If you are unable to adopt consider volunteering at your local shelter, you can choose to clean cages or help with walking the dogs or even just giving them some one on one time.
Another way to help is to donate to your local shelter or rescue, they always need blankets and toys for the dogs as well as dry and wet dog food. Cleaning supplies are also a constant needed supply.
A more fun way to celebrate on August 26th is have a party for your friends and their dogs. Choose a fun theme and have your guests dress for the theme. Include safe treats for all your guests both the 4 legged guests and their humans. Be sure to have plenty of water bowls available and that the dogs are properly supervised to avoid any altercations.
If you already have a companion, you can celebrate by buying your dog a new toy or two. Another idea is to give your dog a good thorough brushing to reduce loose hair and shedding. Most dogs would also love a good massage or holistic spa treatment.
An option that we are planning to enjoy this year is a trip to the beach or a local dog park for a day of play. Even with living close to the beach like we do, it’s amazing that we don’t make time to take our dog for a good day of running and playing in the surf and sand. Be sure to bring fresh drinking water for your dog and also a towel to brush off the sand.
Having a photo shoot of your dog either with a professional photographer or by doing your own photo shoot. You can even try entering the photos in photo contests. What better way to show off your best friend then with some great pictures and have your memories saved for years to come.