Happy dog day, everyone! Today is a day for celebrating your pooch’s life and for giving them an extra treat (they hope). National Dog Day falls on this day every year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate with and for your furry friends.
NDD was founded in 2004 by animal advocate Colleen Paige, and the day gains more traction every year. International Business Times estimates that between 37 and 47 percent of American households have at least one dog, roughly 80 million dogs. NDD is intended to help promote adoption of dogs in shelters; the website, which acknowledges people’s right to own or purchase any breed of dog they like, encourages people to choose adoption first to help rescue the animals that need it.
This year, The Washington Post joined in on the fun with a list of presidents and their dogs. A video shows the Obama family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo; Ronald Reagan’s 1964 Tribute to the Dog; and George H.W. Bush showing off a litter of their dog’s tiny new puppies.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate National Dog Day, consider adopting one—it’s more fun to celebrate with an actual dog! Give your bud plenty of love, snacks, a new toy, or even a fancy dinner. Just remember to make sure what you give your dog is healthy, not harmful.
But if you can’t have or don’t want a pet, there are other ways you can contribute. Donate to an animal charity of your choice like the Assistance Dog Institute which helps service members returning from assignment by pairing them with dogs, or the ASPCA. Give food, beds, blankets, toys, or help pay for veterinary or adoptive care.
Cruise through the Twitter hashtag “#NationalDogDay” for more posts and pictures of our fuzzy buddies, or upload some of your own.