National Dog Day isn't just a day to get fabulous discounts at your favorite online pet goodies store (We hope that's us!) Yes, we are celebrating with an EXTRA 20% Off site wide!
Although we celebrate dogs every day here at BaxterBoo.com, we can definitely get behind an official holiday that celebrates the wonderful place dogs have in our hearts. We recognize that dogs make our lives better, both in our homes and in our community.
National Dog Day is an annual celebration that takes place on August 26th. This holiday serves to remind the public about the huge impact dogs have in our families and in our world. The event is also a reminder that there is a huge number of dogs that need to be rescued.
Dogs help us in our homes
A dog in the home = better health
Scientific evidence has revealed that dog owners tend to be healthier than the average person. Here's why:
- Dogs can detect cancer. If your dog starts acting unusually towards you, such as nosing and scratching at a particular spot, you might want to check with your doctor. Dogs can detect odors that cancers produce. There are several stories of owners picking up on a change in the way a dog acts towards them, and after getting screened, it is revealed that there is a cancerous spot. This has been documented in cases of skin, bladder, breast cancer and more. Now dogs are being trained specifically to detect malignancies in a laboratory and hospital setting.
- Dogs help those with disabilities and disorders. Service dogs allow greater independence for the visually and physically impaired. They can soothe people with PTSD, panic attacks and depression. They can alert diabetics of dangerous blood sugar levels or epileptics of an impending seizure. Essentially, these service dogs can give people their lives back.
- Dogs keep us active. It's no surprise to those of us who have dogs to walk and play with to learn that scientists have documented that dog owners are more likely to live an active lifestyle.
- Exposure to dogs may reduce the risk of developing allergies and eczema. Studies show that infants and young children that have dogs in the home have lower incidents of allergies and eczema. It is thought that children exposed to dander, dirt and germs (which a dog supplies) conditions the immune system to respond to appropriate environmental irritants. An under-utilized immune system may overreact to common allergens and can even manifest as eczema.
- Dogs help us recover from illness. The medical community is beginning to understand that dogs have a healing effect on patients. Hospitals have initiated dog visitation programs to improve mood and lower stress levels, which has a direct impact on healing. It has also been documented that dog-owning patients recovering from a heart attack have a greater survival rate, having less risk of dying in their first year after a heart-related event.
- Dogs prevent social isolation. Dogs get us out into the community with walks and visits to the dog park. Dogs also provide an easy conversation starter when meeting new people.
Dogs serve us in the community
Dogs keep us safe
Dogs put their lives on the line for humans daily. They serve as guard dogs, bomb detection dogs, drug-sniffing dogs and police dogs. This partnership has been forged for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Dogs have served as monastery watchdogs, war dogs and as protectors of entire villages.
The loyalty and intelligence of our canine companions have been praised throughout the years; however, National Dog Day is a proactive way to acknowledge the important role dogs play in the human story.
National Dog Day - Celebrating 10 years!
The founders of National Dog Day hope 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.'" They encourage adoption of shelter dogs, adoption through a breed rescue or purchasing a pure-bred dog through a reputable breeder. Buying a puppy through a pet store is not recommended since most are supplied through by puppy mills that do not take dog's physical or emotional needs into consideration.
National Dog Day also encourages perspective dog owners to research breed characteristics before adopting to assure a happy, "furever" match. If adoption isn't an option, dog lovers are encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day.
Ways you can celebrate National Dog Day
The National Dog Day organization has provided several suggestions for celebrating dogs!
- Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization.
- Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
- Have a safety check of your home to make sure it's safe for your dog and others.
- Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
- Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.
- Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.
- Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
- Spend the day taking photos of your dog and then enter a photo contest!
- Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
- Buy your dog a fun new dog toy....or two...or five.
- Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a dog park, beach or play resort.
- Groom your dog.
- Give your dog a long pet session, massage or holistic spa treatment.
- Teach your dog a new trick.
- Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.
Dogs truly are amazing creatures! They have definitely earned the title of "Man's Best Friend!"
How will you celebrate National Dog Day?