For most dog lovers, every day is National Dog Day, but our beloved canine friends actually get their own official holiday celebrated annually on August 26th.
So, in honor of today being National Dog Day, here are some ways to celebrate your pup!
Make Some Homemade Treats
10 out of 10 dogs agree treats are great! And they’re even better when they’re made at home with fresh, organic ingredients. Most homemade dog treats can be whipped up in just a few minutes using basic ingredients. And though your dog probably won’t care too much about presentation, you can make it even more fun with different cookie cutter shapes—it’s a great activity for kids too! Here are a few easy and delicious recipes:
Peanut Butter Coconut Dog Treats – A classic dog favorite
Breath Freshening Dog Treats – Made with fresh mint
Watermelon Pupsicles – Cool them down on a hot day
Chicken and Wild Rice Dog Biscuits – For easier digestion
Follow Some Awesome Canine Insta-stars
Instagram is packed with the cutest canine celebrities delivering endless dog-related content. For pictures and videos that will make you laugh, cry and say “awwwwww,” consider adding these adorable Instapups to your feed:
Doug the Pug – hangs with tons of real celebrities
Tuna the Chiweenie – with the cutest overbite ever
Maya the Samoyed – if a cloud were a dog
Manny the Frenchie – a philathro-pup
Donate to Your Favorite Dog Rescue or Nonprofit
What greater way to show our dogs how much we love them than by supporting organizations devoted to helping dogs everywhere live happy and healthy lives. Whether you make a single contribution or sign up to support an organization on a monthly basis, every dollar helps to feed, house and provide medical care for dogs in need.
AKC Canine Health Foundation – funds scientific research into the treatment, prevention, and cure of canine diseases.
Best Friends Animal Society – the country’s largest no-kill shelter for companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc.)
The Humane Society – a globally renowned animal welfare organizations, dedicated to the support of domesticated animals and wildlife.
Or donate to an independent shelter in your area!
Adopt! (Don’t Shop!)
Or you can take the ultimate step in dog appreciation by adopting a rescue pup. Head to your local shelter or rescue organization and let your newest best friend choose you, if you’re worthy.
But remember you’re not adopting an animal; you’re adopting a new family member. So only start the adoption process if you know you and your family are prepared to care for a dog for the rest of its life.
As so many Internet memes say, “we don’t deserve dogs,” but today, we can go the extra mile to show them how much they mean to us.