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Happy National Dog Appreciation Day!

August 26, 2014

Victoria Malmer, The Palm Beach Post

Aug. 26--Happy National Dog Day!

This holiday (also known as National Dog Appreciation Day) has been celebrated on August 26th since 2004.

The holiday is two-fold: to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the U.S. that keep us safe and bring us companionship, and to encourage dog adoption and spay and neuter programs.

According to, here is a list of ways to celebrate:

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else.

2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it's safe for your dog and others.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

7. Take photos of your dog.

8. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

9. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy.

10. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.

11. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

12. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.

13. Teach your dog a new trick.

14. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.


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Original headline: In the dog days of summer, happy national Dog Day!

Source: (c)2014 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

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