This Saturday the 26th of August is National Dog Day, and by now my readers know that I am an devoted dog parent, and my furry children play a most important role in my life. No one can win hearts like man’s best friend and in honour of this bond between human and canine, we celebrate Dog Day.
Take the time to appreciate the love that dogs bring to our daily lives and consider doing your bit for homeless and abused dogs in your community. Our canine friends do a lot for us. They keep us safe, work for emergency services, and support people who are blind, deaf or disabled. This is an opportunity to give something back!
Ways to celebrate National Dog Day vary widely, from adopting a dog from a rescue organization to giving your dog a spa treatment at the pet salon. Donating blankets and food to a nearby animal shelter, or buying your furry companion a new toy or two or even ten also seem popular!
It was only a year ago when my husband and I decided to adopt our foster dog, an American White Shepherd. She came to us two years ago, highly pregnant and soon gave birth to nine healthy little pups in our living room. While we did our best to give the pups a good start in life, and all of them have found their fur-ever homes in the meantime, mama's adoption fell through. So, she was returned to us for another round of fostering, which eventually turned into a foster failure.
The National Dog Day Foundation supports all sorts of breeds and varieties of dogs. They discourage everyone from purchasing a puppy from unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills, but instead, support adoption from animal rescue organizations and reputable breeders.
So, celebrate your furry companions today, and their varied talents, by spending quality time with them, and by supporting dogs in need!
Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added her debut historical fiction novel In the Shadow of Her Majesty to her ever-expanding collection of published writings. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedIn, Facebook, Goodreads and Google+.