Take some time out of your Tuesday to celebrate all of the great dogs in your life: it's National Dog Day!
Now, we know some holidays are just an excuse to eat your favorite sweets (National Chocolate Day) or or most popular barbeque food (National Hot Dog Day), but this holiday was founded out of pure love and respect.
The annual holiday is celebrated on August 26 in appreciation of all of the loving, dedicated and hardworking dogs out there, as well as to raise awareness for those who need rescued and cared for.
"I founded National Dog Day in 2004 to honor dogs, to give them 'a day', to show our deep appreciation for the historical connection of companionship with one another - for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as Police K-9’s, Military Working Dogs, Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs," the founder of the holiday, Colleen Paige, said online.
"I want this to be a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – to help abolish puppy mills and end breed specific legislation so we can create a world where all dogs (and every animal) can live a happy, safe and 'abuse-free life'," she continued.
Many different organizations are partnered with National Dog Day to raise awareness for the holiday.
Paige wants the holiday to promote a nation free of breed bans, laws that often discriminate against certain dog breeds, which ends up in an often unfair or life-ending fate for many dogs.
So in celebration of the holiday, give your pet a few extra hugs and kisses, take a longer walk and hand out a few more treats to show your love for them.
Don't own a pet? Today, and any day, is the perfect time to adopt a pet, donate or volunteer at your local animal shelters or rescues.
For other ways to celebrate, click here.