Dogs. They’re our exercise buddies, our travel partners, and quite often, our very best friends. And while most dog parents don’t need an excuse to hang with their favorite four-legged companion, National Dog Day provides yet another reason to really celebrate what makes that human-dog bond so very special.
To kick-start the day (and every day, for that matter), Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips that any dog will be sure to appreciate.
BEAUTY HOUNDS Give your dog a spa day at the groomer with a luxurious bath and blowout. Check out the CityDog Directory to find a groomer near you.
SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES Plan a play date at a local doggy day care or take a trip to a local dog park or dog-friendly beach. Check out the CityDog Directory to find a daycare or indoor/outdoor dog park near you.
ADVENTURE HOUNDS Head to a fun spot for a long walk such as a beautiful mountain trail.
SOPHISTICATES Dine al fresco at a restaurant that offers canine-friendly cuisine. Check out the CityDog Directory to find a dog-friendly restaurant near you.
GOURMANDS Try making a barkuterie board with all the tasty yet healthy things your dog will enjoy.
SUPERMODELS Go beyond the usual selfie and book a professional photography session for pictures that you’ll treasure forever. Check out the CityDog Directory to find a pet photographer near you.
And, for dog lovers who want to make a difference for homeless dogs all over the country, Best Friends Animal Society recommends the following:
ADOPT DON’T SHOP Consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue, especially a large breed. From huskies to shepherds, terriers to mutts, many shelters are at capacity with dogs over 40 pounds awaiting a second chance at a new life.
FOSTER Fostering is a great way to make a big impact in a short amount of time. You provide the home and the love, while shelters and rescues provide the food, supplies, medical care, and anything else you need while the dog is in your care.
VOLUNTEER Spend time at a local shelter or rescue to walk and socialize dogs. The more exercise and care a dog has during their shelter stay can often mean the difference in behaviors that will help him or her find a potential adopter.
DONATE Give to your favorite animal welfare organization. Check their website for donation links or wish lists that highlight the most needed supplies.
SHARING IS CARING Re-post, share, Tweet. By spreading the word about a special dog in need on your social media channels you may help a dog find his/her home. Plus, you may inspire others to do it as well. Follow CityDog Magazine on Facebook and Instagram to share our weekly adoptable animal posts.
To find a shelter near you, visit the CityDog Directory.
Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.