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 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.
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.
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.
Over to you, go hug your dog!