August 26th is National Dog Day! Can you believe it’s right around the corner?
If you’re wondering if National Dog Day is a thing, the answer is YES!!! This special day was created by Colleen Paige in 2004 to honor dogs everywhere, but to also help bring awareness to adoptable shelter dogs across the country. Since I adopted both Humphrey and Miles from the Humane Society and the animal shelter, this holiday has a special place in my heart.
Whether you’re a new dog owner or this is your first time hearing about this special day, I’ve created a list of ways you can celebrate with your dog and continue to share with others this fun holiday!
1. Take Your Dog on a Hike
Hiking is one of those activities that will leave you both feeling better than when you started. You’ll both enjoy spending some time together out in nature while getting a bit of exercise. Since it’s still summer be sure to bring water for both you and your fur baby. I’m a huge fan of pop-up dog water bowls when I take my boys on hikes and long walks.
2. Schedule a Doggy Playdate
When it comes to celebrating National Dog Day, the more the merrier! Reach out to a fellow dog owner friend and schedule a time to get your dogs together for a playdate. Plan to have a picnic in your yard or at the park where you and your friend can share a meal while you spoil your dogs with belly rubs and plenty of dog treats.
3. Help Raise Awareness About Adopting Rescue Dogs
Help raise awareness amongst your friends and family by sharing selfies of you and your dog on National Dog Day with information on how to adopt a dog or just your personal experience with the process. You can talk about what dog ownership has been like for you and encourage them to consider shelter pets if they’ve shown an interest in getting an animal for their family.
4. Cook Your Dog A Special Meal
Spoil your dog by making them a special meal on their special day! Lean chicken, beef and pork make great options. For dessert check out these awesome DIY dog recipes! Remember seasonings aren’t necessary and could potentially hurt your dog, so skip them when prepping their special dinner. If you’re still unsure about what dogs can and can’t have, read my blog post on 29 Safe Fruits and Veggies For Your Dog.
5. Give Your Dog A New Dog Toy As a Present
Who doesn’t love receiving a new gift? Purchase a dog toy or two for your fur baby will be something they enjoy again and again. Miles and Humphrey are huge fans of essentially any heavy duty KONG too as well as simpler toys like tennis balls and footballs. Miles’ personal favorite is a basketball he deflated that he loves to run around with. Your toy purchase doesn’t have to be extravagant, just something simple and something they’ll love!
Well if you weren’t sure how to celebrate National Dog Day before, you have plenty of options now! Please let us know in the comments how you intend to spend the holiday!