By Chris Atticus | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
This holiday (also known as National Dog Appreciation Day) has been celebrated every year on August 26th since 2004.
The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
Many dogs even put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their disabled companion, and for victims of a tragedy that need to be pulled from wreckage.
National Dog Day founder Colleen Paige said,” 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.”