The World’s Best Antidepressant and National Dog Day

August 26th is National Dog Day. . .

But if you’re a dog owner, every day is paws for celebration!

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.

Health benefits of owning a dog:

The world’s best antidepressant has 4 legs, a wagging tail and comes with unconditional love. 🐾🐾

Lots of entertainment and rough and tumble fun with a new puppy in our house right now . . .

Dogs are a great way to beat the blues with unconditional love and licks, and a laugh when you need it!

They also give their owners a sense of purpose, particularly important for the elderly or sick, as dogs provide companionship and help with feelings of loneliness.

My mother-in-law’s pups, Maddie and Zoe, were a huge comfort and boost to her mental health and overall sense of well-being after my father-in-law passed away.

Studies have shown that having a dog in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.

A dog can fill your heart with love (and free kisses!) and help improve the overall health of your heart too. Heart-related studies conducted by the CDC and NIH, found that pet owners exhibited decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels ~ all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road.

For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with dogs’ tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners’ overall stress levels.

Having a dog may help you improve or maintain your fitness levels, getting outdoors, enjoying some fresh air with daily walks. Walking your dog also leads to more conversations with neighbors, other dog owners, etc. and helps you stay socially connected. People tend to feel more willing to engage and more at ease with a person who is with their dog.

Celebrate National Dog Day with a DIY flower arrangement. . .

Take your dog for a ride. . .

Or celebrate with a treat. . .

Frozen Berry Dog Treats


Copycat Frosty Paws,

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

‘Woof’ Peanut Butter Dog Treats 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.


The Freekibble Network has helped feed over 24 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!

Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days | © #bichonfrise #nationaldogday

Having a dog will bless you with many of the happiest days of your life, and one of the worst days.

If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all.

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

Happy National Dog Day from Lola and Sophie. . .

Live, Love, Bark!


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  35 comments for “The World’s Best Antidepressant and National Dog Day

  1. Françoise Deschamps
    August 26, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Que de vérités dans votre message de ce jour ; chaque jour, je me réjouie d’avoir ma petite chienne Honey, une fox terrier un peu malicieuse, mais qui m’apporte tant d’amour….et m’oblige à aller marcher.
    Très bonne journée et caresses à Lola et Sophie.

  2. Pat
    August 26, 2019 at 6:28 am

    My heart strings were tugged a lot this morning. Thank you Mary, Dave Lola and Sophie!

  3. Ann Woleben
    August 26, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Lola and Sophie provide you and us, the readers, double benefits. They are so precious. Thank you for sharing them. My husband and I went to see the movie, The Art of Racing in the Rain, a powerful message of a dog’s unconditional love. If you haven’t seen it, you may want to do so; but take a box of tissues.

    • August 26, 2019 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Ann! I read the book several years ago, it’s a tearjerker. 🐾

  4. August 26, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Aw, give The Girls a hug for me Mary:@)

  5. Sheila in Garden City SC
    August 26, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Your pictures and accompanying words were delightful, especially with my cup of coffee! Cool and quiet here at the beach in our cottage by the sea!

  6. Donna C
    August 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Happy Dog Day! Enjoy your cuties!

  7. Maxipop
    August 26, 2019 at 8:10 am

    All my love to your sweet dogs! They made my day!

  8. Clara
    August 26, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Hugs sent to Lola & Sophie! Great job Mary! We’ve rescued many fur babies & they all bring such love, appreciation & joy! Clara ❤️🐾

  9. August 26, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Your fur babes have such cute faces!! How do you keep them from having tear stains? My little Maltese has tear stains so bad.

  10. August 26, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Happy National Dog Day to Lola and Sophie!! I know your pups give you so much love, joy and laughter, Mary. I went to see the movie The Art of Racing in the Rain and it tugged at my heart. I’ll bet your pups will be enjoying some of your homemade treats today.

  11. Janet Robinson
    August 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Such beautiful pictures of your babies!!! I loved each one!!! If you have a dog you understand the joy they bring to your life!!! Lola and Sofie are the best!!

  12. August 26, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Thank you for sharing your girls with us Mary, they always make me smile! Such joy in their sweet faces…I do visit FreeKibble everyday! Thank you for the furry fun!

  13. August 26, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Wow!! With every new pic of your babies,I get closer and closer to finding another one myself. Even tho my sophiejane still visits me daily in the form of butterflies and flies all around my head almost every day..I know, I know..sounds like I’ve lost it …but I really do believe in signs! And since I’ve got s running list on my phone of new baby names 🙄 I just need to jump in. Love a dog day might be the perfect day!!

  14. Ellen
    August 26, 2019 at 9:45 am

    HAPPY DOG DAY IS HAPPY HUMAN DAY TOO!! One begets the other!! Miss my little Tootsie and Kandy…but I know I’ll see them again..❤️🐶

  15. Rita C.
    August 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Cuteness overload! This says so much about the person you are, Mary! ♥
    Happy National Dog Day!
    ps I sure clicked on the Freekibbles

  16. Anne Marie
    August 26, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Loved this post! Our little fur babies are the best! Don’t know what I ‘d do without mine!

  17. Marie in AZ
    August 26, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Happy National Dog Day! LOL…with our three little rescues every day is National Dog Day at our house, and that’s the way we like it!

  18. Cathy
    August 26, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Mary, thank you for your wonderful message today and of course the tribute to Chloe and Gracie. The heartbreak is worth the joy they bring us even though at times the tears are so very hard to bear. Lola and Sophie are lucky little girls as are you and your husband to be able to share and enjoy their lives.

  19. Cindy Pennell
    August 26, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I love seeing your little ones!! They really do make our lives whole with their unconditional love. Our lives would just seem so empty without them. I have grown-up with dogs always in my life and will always have one.

  20. Claire
    August 26, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for your lovely post. My problem with dogs is that unfortunately, I’m allergic to dog salvia. It’s awful as I have always loved dogs. From my allergist I have learned that studies have found that any pet that requires care i.e. cats, horses, etc., are also very good for providing humans with unconditional love as well as keep people from being lonely. We have had cats for almost all our 45 years of marriage and to lose one is like losing a part of one’s self. They are so precious, loving and caring. I know about the last two first hand after having a very difficult surgery and having to go to rehab. Gone for an entire month from home and when I did get home our two cats spent every hour with me all day and close by at night. If we’re gone for several hours, they greet us at the front door. Maybe they were dogs in another life….lol…

  21. Liz
    August 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm


  22. Theresa R Keller
    August 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    my rescue Papillion rules the roost at my house….. and I love it! thank you for such a great post. Happy Monday!

  23. Kathleen
    August 26, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    When I see the pics of just one pup I think “oh, so darn cute”. But when the two are together it’s just too much for the heart. So adorable!

  24. Sue
    August 26, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I couldn’t stop smiling!

  25. Linda S. in NE
    August 26, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    So many people have said it so beautifully today!! Thanks for sharing those precious pups with us on this special day. And, those videos,…Oh My!!

  26. August 26, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Mary, I just had to share your lovely post—and you have (had) some of the most adorable puffballs of love. Thank you for sharing them!

  27. August 26, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    We just adopted a Scottie who was rescued from a puppy mill. She has been in a cage all of her life and has all the emotional scars that you would imagine. She is our second Scottie Rescue, our first is Miss Ginny and she is the best dog. She is helping to teach her new sister how to have a happy rest of her life.

  28. Cyndi Raines
    August 26, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Loved the movie of Lola and Sophie playing together! So many great pictures. Yes, we love our Buddy and are thankful for him. Great post! ❤🐾❤🐾❤🐾

  29. Darlene
    August 27, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Ok …so I have smiled through this whole post and will surely read again. It is such a sweet relief from the craziness around us and for that I thank you for sharing your cutie pies, your hubby, and your awesome photography!

  30. Deena Salvatore
    August 27, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Just the most wonderful, beautifully written blog post. Thank you!

  31. Susan B
    August 27, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Precious pups! And so very lucky to have you for a Mom! They are the most pampered and loved fur babies I’ve ever seen! As all of our fur babies should be…….kitties too!

  32. Camille
    August 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

    So precious! My CheeChee is 13
    And still makes my day. Dogs
    are so wonderful.

  33. August 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    That last video brought tears to my eyes! Your little munchkins were adorable playing too, I can’t tell you how many times a day I look at my dogs and smile, my very favorite thing to see is a dog in full gallop, I always stop and admire! So many darling pics and ideas, I can barely cook for us, you doggie treats always make me smile!

  34. August 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Mary, I love your blog and your dogs are so ADORABLE! I just wanted to let you know that I re-posted your recipe for the frozen yogurt/berry snacks. I credited you in the post so I hope you don’t mind that I have shared this with my subscribers. Also, I did a post on Instagram, but could not tag you. I researched your blog and see you may not have an Instagram account. I am so very careful on making sure I pass credit along where it is due. My dogs, by the way, love the frozen treats, especially here in our hot Phoenix summers. Have a happy Labor Day!

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