They say that every dog has its day, but August 26th is truly dedicated to the dog and is designated as National Dog Day. My mom says that every day is National Dog Day so what makes this day so special?

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, whether you are a mixed breed or a purebred, where the mission is to help the many dogs that need rescuing each year. Did you know that I am a rescue from the great folks at Golden Retriever Rescue of Southern Maryland?

National Dog Day also puts a spotlight on the working dogs that help to save lives and provide comfort to their humans.

The first National Dog Day was celebrated in 2004 by an animal advocate named Coleen Paige.  In 2013, New York became the first state to officially pass legislation recognizing National Dog Day. Check out this spectacular law:


WHEREAS, National Dog Day is annually celebrated on August 26th and serves to galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year; and WHEREAS, Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created in response to a lack of acknowledgement about the selfless service of search and rescue dogs at Ground Zero; and WHEREAS, National Dog Day honors dogs by giving them “a day” to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other; and for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways; and WHEREAS, Dogs put their lives on the line every day; for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage; and WHEREAS, National Dog Day also acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort; and WHEREAS, Since the first National Dog Day in 2004, approximately one million dogs have been saved through adoptions nationwide; this effort is now expanding to other countries, seeking to make National Dog Day an international goal to save dogs around the globe; and WHEREAS, In addition, National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and abuse-free life; and WHEREAS, It is most appropriate that this great Empire State recognizes the worthy and beneficial purposes of celebrating National Dog Day; and WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to call attention to events that serve to bring people together for the united purpose of actively pursuing improvements in their communities; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to commemorate August 26, as National Dog Day.


What a great piece of legislation, huh?  So now that you know what National Dog Day is all about, let’s raise a high paw for those dogs that protect our freedom and to the special big-hearted dogs that provide comfort to those in need. Want to do more?  You can help homeless dogs by volunteering at your local shelter, make a donation to your favorite rescue, or foster a dog that needs a home. Remember to hug your dog extra tight on August 26th and have a pawsome National Dog Day!