For dog owners, everyday is dog loving day, but this Friday, August 26th, is National Dog Day. So, remember to smother canine family members with love, pampering and some fun.
National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Although many people use this day to show off their unique and fabulous dogs, it was started to help recognize the number of dogs in need of rescuing and acknowledge dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.
Dogs put their lives on the line every day for protection, law enforcement, the disabled, our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they’re detecting cancer and seizures things even humans cannot do.
The best way to celebrate National Dog Day is to show appreciation for the dogs that are already part of the family or to add a new furry family member by rescuing one of the many dogs or puppies ready to be adopted. “Rescuing a shelter dog is an amazing way to add unconditional love to your family as long as the proper preparations have been made,” said Dr. Kyoko Yoshida, co-owner and veterinarian at Hudson Animal Hospital in NYC’s Upper West Side.
Here are some other ways to celebrate National Dog Day:
Twitter is celebrating National Dog Day by promoting their adorable stickers collection for dog photos and tweeted, “Ahead of Friday’s #NationalDogDay, add some bark to your photos with pawsome new featured #Stickers. Go mutts!” on Twitter, follow @nationaldogday to join in the fun!
Submit your dog for “cutest dog” contest:
Enter your dog for a chance to win the title of the National Dog Day “Cutest Dog in the World.” Post a photo of your pet to this Facebook page and other social media with the hashtags #NationalDogDay and #DogDayCutestDog. Your dog can win a special feature on the National Dog Day website and be depicted in art on a National Dog Day tee shirt and poster.
1-800-Flowers.com offering 10% off dog shaped flower arrangements
Epic Pictures joins the celebration with an absolutely adorable animated film, “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon”. Based on the true story of Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs in space who came home safe and the confidence that they gave humans to go to space and return as well.
National Dog Day in New York City:
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, comes on board this year with a fabulous promotion for pet guests. “We are especially proud to be a part of this important howl-iday,” says Eugene Nicotra, General Manager. “We want to offer all two-legged and four-legged guests a great offer to experience New York(ie) City.”
Petco in Park Slope offering dogs a free treat and outdoor pet cafe
The Brass Owl in Astoria, Queens is donating 10% of all profits on Friday 8/26 to Social Tees Animal Rescue. We will also be kicking off a pet supply drive. Bring in food, toys, and other supplies 8/26-9/1 and we will donate those also to Social Tees Animal Rescue.
LIC Beer Project in Queens, N.Y. is hosting a Pup-Friendly Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 pm. While like-minded animal lovers are enjoying a cold one (or two!), dogs can test out samples of PetPlate, a local company delivering homemade, human-grade dog food to New Yorkers and enjoy some treats from maison de pawZ, a New York City-based all-natural biscuit business.
Loews Regency Hotel and the Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar will host a National Dog Day Yappy Hour outside the cafe on 61st Street, between 3 – 6 PM on August 26. There will also be a silent auction benefiting New York Bully Crew. Complimentary dog treats and Puppyccinos will be on offer, with a specialty ‘dogtail,’ the Snooptini for sale for humans. A dog psychologist will also be in attendance for consultations from 4 – 6 PM. All proceeds from this event will donated to The Humane Society of N Y.
The staff at Hudson Animal Hospital in New York city suggest celebrating National Dog Day by giving your puppy or dog a check-up. If you are already a patient call our office at 212-706-4088 to schedule and appointment with one of our veterinarians. If you are in the Upper West Side and need a new veterinarian, we would be happy to add you to our family. Call our office to schedule an initial appointment and to save time, fill out our New Patient Form online.