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International Dog Day

Pull up your Paw-rty pants it’s International Dogs day

All the important things and people in the world are assigned a special day so that we can celebrate their existence. Throughout the year, we come across many special days like mothers’ day, St. Patrick’s Day while some of the special days go unnoticed or don’t get the deserved attention. International Dogs day is one of them. Dogs have become an inseparable part of our lives over the years and it is only necessary that they get the appreciation they deserve. August 26 is observed as International Dogs day. It used to be National Dogs day in America but was then changed to International Dog Day.

International Dog Day was started by Colleen Paige who works as an animal rescue advocate and lifestyle expert. On this day in 2004, Paige and her family adopted a pet and named her ‘Sheltie’ from an animal shelter. She felt the need to dedicate a day to dogs to encourage pet adoption which was not preferred by many. The website dedicated to the cause describes their mission as to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledge the dogs who work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. The day does not discriminate between the breeds, its one day to celebrate all dogs irrespective of the breed they belong to.

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Adopt don’t shop!

In the last 10-15 years, dog adoption has been the main motive of many animal rescue organizations. Some activists have solely devoted themselves to pet adoption and rescue. Highlighting canine abuse and motivating people to adopt instead of buying dogs is the reason behind this initiative. By shopping for dogs or buying specific breeds you are contributing to animal abuse as it encourages commercial breeding; but by adopting a dog you save two lives, the one you just adopted and the other who gets to take its place.

Advantages of Adopting a Dog

  • If you find yourself asking why you should adopt a dog? Here are a few answers:
  • The amount of self-satisfaction that you will get by adopting a dog will immeasurable because the unconditional love you will receive from a homeless or rescued dog will remind you of your good deed.
  • Stray dogs live a very rough and under-privileged life on the streets. But their hardships have only made them immune to numerous bacteria and weather conditions. They are naturally stronger and more tolerant of adverse conditions.
  • Adoption is free, so you get to bring home a loving friend without spending anything.
  • If you want a variety of dogs to choose from, there is nothing better than a shelter. They are home to different breeds and ages of dogs.
  • Older people do not have the energy to accommodate a hyperactive dog or to train a puppy. A shelter or a rescue center gives them a choice to pick up a well-trained old dog.
  • For every one dog that you adopt, a new dog is taken in its place. So, in a way, you actually save two lives!

You’re looking for a companion and these numerous homeless dogs are looking for a shelter with a loving family. So why not give them a chance to find their forever homes? It looks like god’s way of maintaining balance. The satisfaction of saving a life can’t be compared to any other joys. Save a life! Adopt don’t Shop!

Service Dogs: The day is also about paying tribute to those dogs who work selflessly to bring comfort, keep us safe, and save lives. There are dogs trained to protect us by detecting drugs and bombs and keep us safe. Also, those that pull victims from wreckages or save their owners seconds before a disaster strikes, the stories are unending. Dogs are more than just animals, they hold a special place in every human’s life, and so it only makes sense that we honor them. 

How to celebrate International Dog Day?

Animal shelters are non-profit organizations and they can always use help from the public to continue their selfless deed. You can celebrate International Dog day by donating to shelter homes. You can hold fundraisers to raise money for this good cause. A good fundraiser is the one that raises money, spreads awareness all through something a community can enjoy. Classic ideas for a fundraiser are bake sales, marathons, car washes, etc. You can also sell custom made products or even handmade goods to attract a crowd. What you sell doesn’t matter as long as a crowd is willing to pay for it.

The new trend in fundraising is the challenges. A good example will be the ice bucket challenge. So many people across the globe participated in this challenge to promote awareness for ALS disease. You can also choose to donate your time to such organizations, after all, time is money. People love to volunteer with organizations that are working for dogs. Who doesn’t want a day with these lovely creatures? If you are planning to get a pet for yourself, then this day is the best.

If you think you cannot provide a home to a pet, (which can be due to multiple reasons from housing association rules to just not being good with dogs) then a good alternative would be to sponsor a dog. You will have to donate a small amount of money per week or month and in return, you will help to land that dog in a home it deserves. You will be updated on how your money is being spent and how your dog is throughout the year.

Favorite dog quote of the day

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” – Mark Twain

Happy International Dogs Day!

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