A Paws for Celebration: National Dog Day!


If you’re a dog owner, every day is a paws for celebration . . .

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and August 26th is National Dog Day.


National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. It’s celebrated August 26th every year to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and “abuse-free life”.


The National Dog Day Foundation supports all breeds and varieties of dogs and discourages purchasing from unethical backyard breeders and puppy mills; instead, supporting reputable breeders or adopting from rescue homes.


 The goal of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.


   Chloe and Gracie came to us from the same breeder 10 years ago. We refer to Chloe as our “rescue” dog, since she’s so high maintenance chances are another family would have traded her in for a less neurotic dog a long time ago.


If you have a neurotic dog, I recommend trying ThunderShirt. . .

 and wine helps too :)


Celebrate National Dog Day by taking your dog for a ride. . .


Or with a treat. . .


Copycat Frosty Paws,

Easy Frozen Dog Treats that you can make in a blender!

 Only 4 ingredients and your pup will lap them up!

Top 10 Things Chloe & Gracie Love About Fall

Chloe and Gracie’s favorite season is fall, you can see why here:

Top 10 Things Chloe & Gracie Love About Fall


Freekibble.com was launched in 2008, as the vision of then 11 year-old, Mimi Ausland. Mimi wanted to feed the hungry dogs and cats at her local shelter. “There are 10’s of thousands of dogs and cats in animal shelters across the country, all needing to be fed a good meal.” With this goal in mind, Freekibble was created.


Today, the Freekibble Network reaches over 500,000 passionate pet-lovers. This loyal community has helped feed over 14 million meals to homeless dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country.


Click on the badge above and help feed shelter dogs and cats for free!


If you haven’t seen this video, “So God Made A Dog”, have your tissues handy. . .


Happy National Dog Day!


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
—Roger Caras

  38 comments for “A Paws for Celebration: National Dog Day!

  1. August 26, 2016 at 6:12 am

    What a beautiful post. The dogs are so sweet and pretty, but the content of this message is so important.I always enjoy your posts so much.

  2. Linda L
    August 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Giving mine an extra hug and a treat today. Always a great post when the dogs are included!

  3. August 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Everyday is National Dog Day around here!! My pets through the years have been rescue dogs and I’ve yet to be disappointed. My favorite picture of Gracie and Chloe is the race down the dock so they can go boating! Give them extra pats from me for this, their holiday.

  4. August 26, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Oh my Mary, I just finished watching “So God Made a Dog”. What a touching and loving video! Happy National Dog day to Chloe and Gracie who give you so much unconditional love and laughter. Thank you for sharing their antics and happy lives with all of us. They never fail to put a smile on my face.

  5. Gert
    August 26, 2016 at 7:25 am

    What a great post! Mine just happens to go in for his grooming today or rather I call it his spa day!!
    They are just one of Gods blessings.


  6. Kim
    August 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

    What sweet pictures of your babies. I feel like we rescued Bailey. I thought I was buying from a good breeder, but when I arrived she was with many other dogs in a shed in the backyard. It’s a good thing we love her so because in the past two weeks she had cost us a fortune for some regular vaccines and her skin issues.

  7. Michelle
    August 26, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Our pets “kids” do give us unconditional love. They are our children. The video was very touching! Enjoy your day and again, thanks for sharing.

  8. Melinda Labombard
    August 26, 2016 at 7:32 am

    How precious are your pooches! I love my dog so much! I am even sitting with the granddog this weekend,never a dull moment with a lap dog(mine),and a german shepard that thinks she is one too!! love it!

  9. August 26, 2016 at 8:37 am

    What a darling, funny post…those poochies just make me smile every time I see them & I’m not a ‘dog person’, but I love yours!
    I must tell my sister…a BIG DOG lover, about this special day. She probably knows already.
    I clicked on your links & fed some cats, too. I’d had a cat all my life until my DD married a guy who was allergic!

  10. August 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

    There’s a reason that DOG and GOD are spelled the way they are…don’t you think He knew?

  11. August 26, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Mary, I made it only half way through the video before the tears were pouring down. I was looking at our dog photos yesterday…this house is beginning to feel very empty and in need of some fur balls on the floor…your little white pups are so sweet and cute whether flying along or having a moment of rest. Hug them for me!!! Thanks for this adorable and touching post! Linda

  12. Anne
    August 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Mary. I needed that today.

  13. Jacklyn carney
    August 26, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This post warms my heart this am, thank you Mary, have a blesses day! <3

  14. Karen
    August 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Your blogs are always the best! Chloe and Gracie are precious. Our dog is also very high maintenance. Thanks for the dog treat recipe.

  15. August 26, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Oh goodness Mary, I’m laughing and crying and smiling and sniffling all at the same time, and clicking and clicking on the Freekibble Network…the photo of your husband and the smiling dog face it the best ever! So much cuteness, love and happiness! Thank you for sharing the important message about shelter dogs. Happy Dog Day to Chloe & Gracie 🐾 🐾

  16. August 26, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Hi Mary, I read every post, but often don’t stop to say hi. I always love coming here! I’ve posted on National Dog Day and linked to you-I couldn’t get the youtube video up and running. Thanks for sharing it. Give your girls lots of pets from us!
    Hugs, Noreen

  17. August 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I am a dog owner too☺ Happy National Dog Day ♥


  18. Vanessa
    August 26, 2016 at 11:01 am


    You are such a good mommy to these babies. They are blessed to have you both. I have a grandkitty which I just adore. Thanks for sharing your love for them with us.

  19. Janet O. Robinson
    August 26, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Mary, What a wonderful Post. Thank you! Our Bichon Chester is loved and adored!

  20. Debbie
    August 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

    What a beautiful video. Thanks so much, Mary.

  21. Chloe
    August 26, 2016 at 11:59 am

    There’s no better way to start my day than a visit with Chloe and Gracie. Thank you for your wonderful pictures!

  22. August 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Chloe and Gracie are the luckiest dogs ever! They are adorable.

  23. August 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    adorable! we love our fur baby. I should look into that shirt for thunderstorms!

  24. August 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Aw, The Girls sure ‘picked’ the perfect humans:@)

  25. August 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Mary, I worked on getting a post created before leaving town, but didn’t get it finished. Guess I’ll save it for next year. So happy to read yours. I knew you would post something for National Dog Day. Chloe and Gracie are so adorable in each photo. Hugs and puppy kisses for me and Miss Sadie. Happy National Dog Day!

  26. August 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Chloe and Gracie have wonderful lives…and they are adorable! Pam @ Everyday Living

  27. Ellen Stillabower
    August 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    You are very lucky to have those two cute pups…our little Tootsie crossed over the rainbow bridge 4 years ago after 16 years of loyalty and love on both sides…if no one is glad to see you, the dog always is!!! Someday we’ll have another but right now we are still trying to heal the hole left in our hearts!!! Those two little scamps are just adorable and they are very lucky too!! Happy National Dog Day to all!!! ❤️🐩🐕❤️

  28. Julia Innocenti
    August 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Mary! Happy National Dog Day! Our Bearded Collie, Spencer is our great joy! Spencer is neurotic, too, so the Thundershirt has been a lifesaver for him. Thanks for the video.

  29. Paula
    August 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    :( make me cry . Your pups are always there making me giggle. :) !


    p.s Mary do you have a recipe for a cake that calls for angel food and crushed pineapple ?
    THank YOu

    • August 27, 2016 at 6:21 am

      Hi Paula, It made me cry too… I haven’t heard of angel food and crushed pineapple but I just did a quick search and found this, how easy and good!

      • Paula
        August 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        ~Mary~ I thought awhile ago you had one?, but Thanks so very much for finding it !!! as always You are the Best !! xo

  30. Cyndi Raines
    August 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Mary – the fur-babies are just darling!! Wish I could hold them. Our Buddy is a Cocker spaniel / Black Lab mix and was a drop off. Can’t imagine why anyone would not want him, he is such a good doggie and brings so much joy to us. We have had him six years now and the vet figured he was about a year old when we found him. Congratulations on your Halloween article – so proud and happy for you! Also, wanted you to know, my almost 90 year old mom passed on August 18, but before her heart attack we still had plans to do our annual canning of tomatoes and peaches. I still love my beautiful blue Ball canning jars I won in your contest and use them for various things. Maybe I can convince my sister to help me this year. Your blog is a real joy and source of inspiration to me and I’m sure it will help me this fall as I work through my grief.

    • August 27, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Cyndi, I hope you have a chance to can with your sister. Can you believe I’ve never canned? I love my jars but only used them for flowers. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. My dear MIL passed away August 20th, she was 85 and has been struggling since her fall last Thanksgiving. We are heartbroken and were over lovin’ on her little dogs today. Puppy love is great therapy.

  31. Melodie Strickland
    August 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Didn’t get on here yesterday but Shortie (our beagle/corgi) celebrated National Dog Day yesterday. She got extra treats. Give a hug to your precious fur babies–they are darling. I did click on the FreeKibble site. We have had Shortie for 12 years and we adopted her from our local SPCA. Our previous dog, Ginger (part American Eskimo/fox terrier) passed away at 16 years old. We got Ginger from someone whose child was allergic to Ginger’s fur. We were lucky to have had Ginger for 10 years. God bless our dogs and other animals.

  32. Cyndi Raines
    August 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you Mary. I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. She came to my mind the other day as I knew she was about the same age as my sweet mom and wondered how she was doing. I know it’s VERY HARD and will say prayers for you and your husband. God bless. (Hugs to you).

  33. August 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this video! You are right…sniff, sniff
    Fur babies are the Best!!! Love my animals! Yes, please adopt and/or help No Kill Animal Shelters

  34. Lorraine Turk
    August 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Our little Bichon, Irving White Lightening is a rescue dog – from a friend who could no longer care for this high maintenance guy, alas the Thunder Coat does not work -but hiding under the bed helps when the scary wind blows, does. He fills our lives with laughter and joy and he reminds us everyday of just what is so important!

  35. August 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Aug. 26 is also my birthday! I had a wonderful bday WEEKEND, and posted about it too:) Your dogs ALWAYS make me smile and miss our sweet Nettie, who we had for 17 1/2 years. I wish I could still spoil her:) Watched the beautiful video.

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