All the Bark about National Dog Day: August 26th | PetFirst
All the Bark about National Dog Day: August 26th
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All the Bark about National Dog Day: August 26th

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
8 months ago

Wednesday, August 26th, is our opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate just how important dogs are in our everyday lives.

National Dog Day is recognized on the 26th of August annually as the holiday was established in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. Paige is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat Day, and several additional philanthropic days designed to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption6.   

What is National Dog Day? 

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, purebred and mixed breed.  Each August, this day aims to educate the public and spread awareness about the number of dogs that remain in public shelters, rescue organizations, and pure breed rescues. 

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort. While National Dog Day recognizes every person’s right to purchase a dog, it encourages those seeking a canine companion to make adoption the first option.  

Since it began in 2004, the National Dog Day Foundation has saved more than 100,000 canine companions7.  

Learn what dog care entails before getting a dog 

This holiday also encourages those considering adding a dog to their families to educate themselves about the breed they are interested in, and the care the dog will require. Before bringing a new canine companion home, consider your family’s needs and schedule.  Then decide on specifics such as:  

  • Do you prefer a short or long-haired dog?  
  • Would a high or low energy dog fit best?  
  • Can you handle shedding?  
  • How much exercise will the dog need, and who will provide the exercise time?  
  • Who will take the dog for a walk during the day? 
  • Can you work out a consistent schedule for the dog? 

“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted,” says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. 

 Dogs are more likely to end up “unwanted” if they are brought home on impulse.  Although it may seem thoughtful and unique, it’s not a good idea to give someone a dog as a gift. It’s also important to keep in mind that you cannot expect a child to be wholly responsible for a dog’s overall care.  

How will you celebrate National Dog Day? 

If you already have a canine companion, give that dog some extra loving on this day!  Need some ideas?  We’ve got them:  

  • Give your dog a massage.  
  • Take your pup to the beach. 
  • Send a dog-related care package to another dog and owner.
  • Head to the pet supply store and pick out some new toys. 
  • Take your pooch out for a doggy ice cream. 
  • Hire a professional photographer to do a photoshoot of your pup. 
  • Upload your favorite pictures of your canine companion from your computer, mobile phone, or other devices to whatever photo service you use and make a calendar or picture book.
  • Take your dog for some spa treatment and grooming.
  • Give your pooch extra exercise and playtime. 
  • Explore some hiking or walking trails you have never seen.  

Whether you have a dog or not, you can still join in the fun and spread awareness.  Plus, you will be helping dogs everywhere find forever, loving homes.  

  • Donate to your favorite shelter or rescue organization
  • Foster a dog while it is waiting to go to a permanent home
  • Volunteer to help out at your local shelter
  • Have a tag sale and give the proceeds to a shelter or rescue 
  • Encourage people not to buy dogs from backyard breeders and puppy mills
  • Post about National Dog Day on your social media and include the hashtag #adoptdontshop  
  • Donate items to your local shelter. Most shelters have a Wish List on their website.

Keep in mind that most shelters can usually always use: 

  • old towels and blankets
  • paper towels 
  • new or gently used dog beds 
  • bags of dog or cat food 
  • new or gently used dog or cat toys

Regardless of how you and your furry friend celebrate National Dog Day, we hope you enjoy some extra time with your furry family member on their special day!

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets – even while enjoying their special day. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 can help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1  has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget.

Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.




1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC.   

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. 

6Colleen Paige Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert 

 72020 National Dog Day – Fun Facts & Ways to Celebrate 

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