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 recently 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. She 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.

In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of International Dog Day, explore how it is celebrated worldwide, highlight the importance of dog welfare, promote responsible dog ownership, and shed light on dog adoption and rescue efforts.

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 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

International Dog Day is an annual celebration dedicated to honouring and appreciating our furry friends. August 26th is a day to remember how dogs bring love, joy, and companionship to our lives all around the world. World Dog Day calls on dog lovers to celebrate their dogs as an integral part of the family.

“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.

Celebrating Dogs Around the World

On International Dog Day, dog lovers worldwide come together to celebrate the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs offer. People organize various events and activities to honour our furry companions. From dog parades and contests to community dog walks and adoption drives, the celebrations are diverse and heartwarming. Additionally, many countries have their own unique traditions and events to mark this special day.

Throughout history, dogs have played significant roles in society, serving as working animals, therapy dogs, and even heroes. From police and military dogs to search and rescue dogs, their contributions are immeasurable. On International Dog Day, we acknowledge and celebrate these exceptional dogs and their invaluable contributions.

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

International Dog Day also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of dog welfare. It highlights the need for responsible pet ownership and the well-being of all dogs, including those without homes. Numerous organizations and initiatives dedicate themselves to promoting dog welfare.

These organizations work tirelessly to rescue abandoned and mistreated dogs, provide them with proper medical care, and find them loving forever homes. They also emphasize the significance of spaying and neutering to control the population of stray dogs and reduce the number of dogs in shelters. By supporting these organizations, volunteering, or even just spreading the word about dog welfare, we can all make a difference in the lives of these precious animals.

  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 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 neighbourhood 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 neighbour 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.

Dog Adoption and Rescue Efforts

Dog adoption and rescue efforts are instrumental in providing a second chance to dogs in need. International Dog Day serves as a reminder to consider adopting or rescuing a dog instead of purchasing one from a breeder or pet store.

There are countless dogs awaiting loving homes in animal shelters and rescue organizations. By adopting or rescuing a dog, you not only save a life but also provide a forever home and a new lease on life for a deserving canine companion. Many reputable organizations facilitate the adoption process, guiding prospective owners through interviews, applications, and even home visits to ensure a suitable match.

If adopting a dog is not feasible for you at the moment, you can still support dog adoption and rescue efforts by volunteering at shelters, fostering dogs temporarily, or making donations to these organizations. Every little effort counts and contributes to the well-being of these wonderful animals.

Being a responsible dog owner entails providing proper veterinary care, including vaccinations, regular check-ups, and preventive treatments. It also means creating a safe and loving environment for your furry friend, ensuring they have adequate food, water, shelter, and exercise. Training your dog using positive reinforcement techniques, such as rewards and praise, helps establish a strong bond and encourages good behaviour.

Additionally, it is essential to follow local laws and regulations related to dog ownership, such as leash laws and licensing requirements. By embracing responsible dog ownership, we ensure the happiness and well-being of our beloved pets.

International Dog Day FAQ

**1. When is International Dog Day celebrated?**
International Dog Day is celebrated annually on August 26th.

**2. How can I celebrate International Dog Day?**
You can celebrate International Dog Day by spending quality time with your dog, organizing or attending dog-related events, donating to dog welfare organizations, promoting responsible dog ownership, and considering dog adoption or rescue.

**3. Are there any specific activities for International Dog Day?**
Yes, there are various activities you can engage in on International Dog Day, such as hosting a dog party, organizing dog-friendly outings, participating in dog sports or contests, volunteering at local animal shelters, and advocating for dog rights.

**4. How can I support dog welfare on International Dog Day?**
You can support dog welfare by donating to reputable dog welfare organizations, raising awareness about the importance of dog welfare, volunteering at animal shelters, fostering dogs in need, and participating in fundraising events.

**5. What can I do to be a responsible dog owner?**
To be a responsible dog owner, ensure your dog receives proper veterinary care, a safe and loving environment, regular exercise and mental stimulation. Train your dog with positive reinforcement, and follow local laws and regulations regarding dog ownership.

**6. How can I adopt or rescue a dog?**
To adopt or rescue a dog, you can start by visiting local animal shelters or rescue organizations. They will guide you through the adoption process, including application, interviews, and possibly a home visit. You can also check online platforms that connect adoptable dogs with potential owners.

Remember, adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment, so make sure you are ready to provide the love and care a dog deserves.

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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