August 26th National Dog Day

Yes, there’s no denying it, I am a dog person. I have nothing against any other animal, I love them and get along with them just fine, but a dog is by far my favorite. Apparently George W. Bush likes dogs as well, sending a letter of support to the National Dog Day Foundation, the founders of National Dog Day.

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Dogs are friends, protectors and sometime sole mates. They learn who we are, how we react to things and then try and place themselves in that routine somehow, someway.  “Man’s Best Friend” has earned it’s place because of what it does and how much it cares.  Yes, they may chew on shoes, pee in the house and bark in the middle of the night but just one cuddle or smile can make yo for get all that.

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To me, the biggest thing is, they want to please us. They want our respect, our attention and our love but they give back all the same and more. Sadly people are often to selfish to take care of the dog they have, or abuse them since they feel they are the master and do as they please. Normally the dog will take it, much like a battered wife, they don’t know any better. But it is a shame since they are born to be our friends, make us smile and keep us company.

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Generally speaking, if someone can’t be a good friend to a dog, they can’t be a good friend to a human. National Dog Day Foundation tries to find homes for 10,000 dogs a year. That means that more than 10,000 go hungry, unloved and are afraid every day… something we can do something about.

How to celebrate – If you have a dog, give them a hug today. If you don;t have a dog consider adopting one. Take your best buddy everywhere you go today.