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. . .
Easy Frozen Dog Treats that you can make in a blender!
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The Freekibble Network has helped feed over 24 million meals to homeless dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country.
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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.”
Happy National Dog Day from Lola and Sophie. . .
Live, Love, Bark!