National Dog Day–August 26

National Dog Day is celebrated every August 26th and is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

  • The first goal is to honor dogs for all that they do for us.
  • The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need.

National Dog Day offers us an opportunity to recognize all the dogs that perform tasks everyday in the service of mankind.  Whether it is to assist law enforcement, serve as a guide for a blind companion, or searching for someone lost in the woods, dogs perform tasks that keep us safe and bring comfort every day.  This is an opportunity to recognize those dogs for their work, their capacity for love and their unquestioning patience and loyalty.

Additionally, National Dog Day strives to bring to the attention of all Americans, the millions of dogs that are destroyed each year because they are unwanted.  It encourages Americans who are considering purchasing a companion to only deal with reputable breeders or to get their pet from local shelters and rescue groups.

National Dog Day is intended to serve as a “K9-4th of July” of sorts, and it hopes to draw attention to these wonderful animals!

For further information, visit:

http://www.nationaldogday.com/about.htm


Some suggested activities:

  • Throw a doggie costume contest
  • Get married and include your dog
  • Schedule a professional photo shoot for your dog
  • Get your dog some yummy treats
  • Make something special treat for your dog
  • Let your dog be lazy and sleep all day
  • Get your dog a new toy
  • Buy your dog a new bed
  • Dress your dog in red, white and blue and let everyone know it’s national dog day!
  • Donate $5 to your local shelter or dog rescue organization

ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT!

For some fun activities for kids, visit:

Crayola.com Calendar National Dog Day

A Couple of Fun Recipes for Your Dog!

Try this easy recipe for a cool treat for your dog on these hot summer days:

Yogurt Pups

16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
Dissolve bouillon in water, Combine water and yogurt in blender and
blend thoroughly, Pour into small containers for freezing, cover and
freeze.

An Apple a Day Dog Treat

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 apple — chopped or grated
1 egg — beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
3/8 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil
spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal
in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water; mix
until well blended.
On floured surface, roll dough out to 7/8-inch thickness. Cut with
cookie cutters of desired shape and size. Place treats on prepared
sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door
closed 1 hour to crisp treats. Remove treats from oven.
Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in
refrigerator or freezer.
MAKES 2 to 2 1/2 dozen

Enjoy!  And HAPPY NATIONAL DOG DAY!  🙂

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Happy 4th of July!

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Happy 4th!  Enjoy the photos!

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4th of July and Your Dog–Are You Ready?

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4th of July!  Visions of flags, parades, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon, homemade ice cream, loved ones and fireworks come to mind!  As much fun as all of these things are for us, for dogs, there are some real dangers!

While some dogs are not affected by the excitement and noise, many have “doggie panic attacks”.  They may lose bladder control, try to find a place to hide, jump through sliding glass doors, go under, over or through the fence and generally be miserable.  Years ago I had a beautiful 80 pound mixed breed dog named Oreo.  She was really afraid of loud noises.  When a  loud noise occurred (thunder, fireworks, something being unexpectedly dropped) she would crawl under the bed.  Fear must have somehow been able to make her shrink, because she always managed to get under the bed.  For some reason, getting her out seemed to always require lifting the bed–box springs and all–high enough for her to escape.

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What brings about such an illogical (according to us) reaction?  Well, for starters, a dog’s sense of hearing is about 10 times more acute than that of a human! Therefore, your dog experiences the loud noise at a level 10 times louder than you do.  If the noise you heard was that loud, you probably would be looking for a place to hide or a way to get away from it, too! Continue reading