National Dog Day 2021
Happy National Dog Day! Check out how athletes’ furry friends have taken over social media
There is never a bad time to show your dog some love.
National Dog Day is upon us and has provided countless displays of appreciation for the pups.
The pandemic has given everyone ample time to forge deeper bonds with their pets, and athletes have been no exception.
offers an array of ideas to celebrate the occasion, even if you’re not a dog owner. Suggestions include adopting a dog or volunteering at your local shelter, sending a dog-related gift to a friend or family member and buying your dog a new toy.
The holiday has been celebrated annually on Aug. 26 since being established in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. On that date, at age 10, Paige adopted her first dog, “Sheltie,” from a local animal shelter.
Now a popular hashtag across social media, National Dog Day has seen an array of celebrations and acknowledgment from puppy lovers everywhere.
With jerseys, gold medals and diving displays to sort through, let’s examine the most notable appreciation posts. Warriors All-Star and three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson hasn’t played since the 2019 Finals due to injury. Fortunately, the two-time All-NBA selection has had his good buddy Rocco by his side throughout his rehabilitation.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling of the Green Bay Packers retweeted a slow-mo post of his dogs, Ace and Spade. The fourth-year wideout considers himself a homebody during the offseason, when he often stays home or takes his furry friends to the dog park.
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Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine won first Olympic gold medal this summer. His dog, Grizzly, recently donned his dad’s new hardware. Judging by Grizzly’s game during lockdown, he might have a gold medal in his future, too.
when is national dog day ?
Celebrate National Dog Day on August 26!
National Dog Day is being celebrated across the country on Thursday! From precious pets to life-saving Labradors, the day encourages people to share their lives with dogs of all breeds. Dogs are the most popular pet in America, with The American Veterinary Medical Association citing that 57 percent of households had a pet at the end of 2016.
Happy National Dog Day 2021
National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation in a mission to promote adoption of rescue dogs and to support local pet shelters coast to coast. Their motto? “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”.
Since 2004, the foundation has saved the lives of more than 100,000 of the furry critters, and today the celebration of National Dog Day has traveled thousands of miles with similar celebrations on the same day occurring in the UK, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Canada.
In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs are “man’s best friend” in countless other ways — protecting our homes, leading the blind, acting heroically in times of war, or aiding in search and rescue missions.
The benefits of owning a dog
and the surprising science behind it
If you have a dog and tell them it’s National Dog Day, I suspect they will reply: “I thought everyday was dog day! Now where’s my treat?”
As they woof that down, take a moment to reflect on all that your dog brings to you. Perhaps it is you, dear owner, who is getting the treat — the gift of good health.
Dogs and cardiovascular health
A 2019 analysis of nearly 4 million people in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom found dog ownership was associated with a 24% reduction in dying early from any cause. If the person had already suffered a heart attack or stroke, having a dog was even more beneficial; they were 31% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
The study has been criticized for not controlling for other diseases, social economic status and other factors that might confound the results.
Still, another large study published around the same time found people who owned dogs had better health outcomes after suffering a major cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke.
The benefit was highest for dog owners who lived alone. Heart attack survivors living alone who owned dogs had a 33% lower risk of death compared to survivors who did not own a dog. Stroke survivors living alone with a dog had a 27% reduced risk of death.
The American Heart Association lists a reduction in diabetes to the list of health benefits of dog ownership. “People who walk their dogs regularly face one-third the risk of diabetes of those who don’t own a dog,” the AHA said.
In addition, owning a dog (or other pet) may provide important social and emotional support and is a “powerful predictor of behavior changes that can lead to weight loss,” the AHA said.
Of course these cardio benefits are just for dogs — not cats, horses, gerbils and the like. Many suggest its the potential exposure to exercise that explains the benefit: The AHA points to studies that found pet owners who walk their dogs got up to 30 minutes more exercise a day than non-dog-walkers.
But in a previous interview with CNN, Dr. Martha Gulati, who is the editor-in-chief of CardioSmart.org, the American College of Cardiology’s patient education platform, said the jury was still out on why.
“Is it the dog or is it the behaviors?” Gulati asked. “Is it because you’re exercising or is it because there is a difference in the type of person who would choose to have a dog versus somebody who would not? Are they healthier or wealthier? We don’t know those things.”
Still, while “non-randomized studies cannot ‘prove’ that adopting or owning a dog directly leads to reduced mortality, these robust findings are certainly at least suggestive of this,” Dr. Glenn Levine, chair of the writing group of the American Heart Association’s scientific statement on pet ownership, told CNN in a previous interview.
The American Heart Association suggest various ways to get active with your dog in tow:
Take your dog on a picnic. “Pack some healthy snacks such as fruit, veggies, mixed nuts and plenty of water (including a bowl for the pup). Bring a ball or other fun toys, the AHA advised.
Join your kids and dog in the sprinklers. “When it’s hot, grab swimsuits and sunscreen and run around in the cooling spray with your kids and pooch,” the AHA said, or go for a swim in a dog-friendly beach or pool.
Join local fundraising walks or fun runs that include dogs or play “fetch or keep-away” with your dog, the AHA advised. “Even if you only have 10 or 15 minutes, you and your dog will get some exercise and bonding time.”
However, the AHA also cautions that pet ownership is a caring commitment that comes with certain financial costs and responsibilities, so “the primary purpose of adopting, rescuing, or purchasing a pet” should not be to reduce cardiovascular risk.
Is there a National Dog Day?
National Dog Day on August 26th encourages dog ownership of all breeds. While seeking a new companion, be sure to consider the mutts, mixes, purebreds, and everything in between. Whether mixed or purebred, embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe, and abuse-free life.
What pet day is today?
NATIONAL PET DAY – April 11
How do I make dog Day?
HOW TO OBSERVE #MakeADogsDay. Visit a shelter, find a loyal canine companion and make a dog’s day through adoption! If the timing isn’t quite right, all are welcome to stop by a shelter and volunteer. Just by taking a shelter dog for a walk or bringing them a new chew toy, you’ll make their day.
Is there a dog Dad Day?
This day will take place on June 19 of each calendar year.
What is National Dog Dad Day?
This is a day to celebrate all of the dads out there that take care of their dogs.
Is today National Spoil Your Dog Day?
National Spoil Your Dog Day on August 10, encourages us to buy that $25 “indestructible” toy that we’ve been swearing up and down we would never buy. Granted, dogs can be a little needy but during times when it seems nobody loves us —they always do.
Why do dogs lick you?
“Dogs often lick people to show affection, as a greeting, or to simply get our attention. Of course, if you happen to have a little food, lotion, or salty sweat on your skin, that may play a role as well.