World Dog Day – 7 Ways you can celebrate!

How to celebrate National Dog Day
Have you kissed your dog today? ~Courtesy Rinku

Dogs and humans have lived together for about 15,000 years, so it comes as a surprise that it was only as recent as 2004 that the concept of World Dog Day (also referred to as National Dog Day or International Dog Day) was introduced by Animal Advocate Colleen Paige.

Celebrated every year on August 26, World Dog Day has spread from the USA to other countries and aims to draw recognition towards all that the dogs do for the betterment of human civic society. It also serves as a reminder for adopting and rescuing dogs over buying them from breeder mills.

World Dog Day

World Dog Day calls on dog lovers to celebrate their dogs as an integral part of the family. Colleen Paige is also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day and many more philanthropic days to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.

“I want the world to celebrate the dogs for their capacity to love,” Paige said, “and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.” From putting their lives at stake for national security to helping the disabled, from detecting terror threats to calming the grief-stricken, the friendly neighbourhood guardian wins hearts like only a dog can.

Here’s appreciating the love and value that dogs bring to our daily lives, may we strive to do our bit for the homeless and abused dogs.

7 Ways to celebrate World Dog Day

  1. Adopt a dog from the street or your local animal shelter (And inspire your friends to do the same instead of buying from a breeder)
  2. Volunteer in a shelter whenever you can. (Support them with the old newspapers, clothes, food items and toys)
Dog helps kids dentist
This dentist brings his dog in as a way to calm the nerves of his young patients.

3. Get your neighborhood dogs sterilized and vaccinated (consult the local animal welfare NGO and municipal body on ABC – Animal Birth Control program.)

4. Try to help someone you know to get rid of the fear of dogs. Offer them to walk your dog or play with him, dogs shouldn’t be feared. Given how great the dogs are, it is but too short a life to not discover these wonderful friends.

World Dog day photo
You & I, in this beautiful world… ~Courtesy Sonam

5. Walk up and say Thanks to that rickshaw puller, the army veteran, those little kids who care for roadside puppies and that old man you so often see feeding the stray dogs. Let them know that their efforts are appreciated.

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

7. Spend more time with dogs (yours or the ones you bump into). Because being with you or not, is the only measure of their time.

Looking to adopt a dog? Check out these amazing shelters in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Over to you, go hug your dog!

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4 thoughts on “World Dog Day – 7 Ways you can celebrate!”

    1. I’m sorry Noopur, I know that sinking feeling… we lost Rusty two years ago and still, that emptiness finds us everywhere. Somewhere atop the rainbow bridge, our departed dog friends look at us with love, knowing that we’ll let their legacy live on in another pawed friend needing affection.

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