Happy International Dog Day 2023
by Tudor Nikolas on Aug 26, 2023.
Today, 26th August is the International Dog Day!
There's plenty of reasons for celebrating with our four legged furry friends.
The international dog day is more than just an opportunity to pamper your pet. Its roots go back to 2004 when animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige decided to recognise the vital role dogs play in our lives.
This internationally celebrated day also serves as a call to action for dog adoption and welfare.
Who was Colleen Paige?
Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert and international activist, initiated International Dog Day to bring attention to the plight of abused and abandoned dogs.
Since its inception, the day has gained traction globally, with millions of people participating in various ways.
What is the Purpose of The International Dog Day?
Purpose of the Day
Well, there appears to be three main aims for the day:
Promoting Dog Adoption: One of the primary aims is to encourage people to adopt dogs from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores or breeders.
Recognizing the Importance of Dogs: This day serves to highlight the invaluable companionship, emotional support, and service roles that dogs fill in our lives.
Raising Awareness on Dog Welfare: The day is also an opportunity to educate people about responsible pet ownership and the importance of proper dog care.
How Can You Take Part?
We can all take part in celebrating our furry friends in various ways.
Adopting a Dog - If you're in a position to provide a loving home, consider adopting from a local shelter. There are always plenty of rescue dogs looking to be re-homed in your local shelters. This is however a bit responsibility, and only do so if you are prepared to treat your dog as another family member.
Rescue dogs may suffer from separation anxiety and other trauma, and may require closer attention by a vet or dog behaviourist. However, the act of saving a dog and improving their life can be extremely gratifying.
Donating to Animal Shelters - Not everyone can adopt, but many can donate supplies or money to help support animal shelters. This is another option if you have some monetary surplus, as dog shelters will always need funding for food, staffing and supplies.
Sharing Photos and Stories on Social Media - Utilize platforms like Instagram and Twitter to share your love for dogs if you have a large or even smaller followings. This can inspire others to adopt and make a difference in a dog's life.
Educating the Public on Responsible Dog Ownership: Use the day to share resources about training, health, and general dog care.
Hosting or Participating in Dog-Related Events: Many communities have dog-friendly events, ranging from charity walks to agility shows. If there isn't anything available, consider organising something yourself, either for this or next year (so you have more time to prepare).
If you have a dog already, be sure to offer him or her extra attention today and also extra treats or food toppers!