You may hear about National Dog Day and find yourself wondering “what is National Dog Day?” This day came about in 2004 when animal expert, Colleen Paige, wanted to bring attention to the mistreatment of animals. She also wanted to drum up support for the adoption of dogs. Colleen knows that millions of dogs are killed each year because they do not have homes or are unwanted by humans. National Dog Day is celebrated all across the U.S. and includes all breeds and mixes. If you have ever loved a dog you know that they are the most loyal companion anyone could ever ask for.
When is National Dog Day? It’s on August 26th and is becoming more and more popular each year. In 2013, the State of New York passed legislation recognizing the importance of National Dog Day even going further to honor the dogs lost in the search and rescue operation on September 11, 2001. Each year, cities plan local events to celebrate National Dog Day so be sure to keep an eye out for the local events near you. You will also want to visit the National Dog Day website for a list of 20 ways to celebrate.
Origami Dog Face Book
Here’s a neat activity for National Dog Day! Your kids can easily follow the instructions in our book (+ audio) to make a cute origami dog face using just some coloured paper and pens!
Check out the rest of the lesson below and take the quiz!
Getting a Dog
Boys and girls all across America love their dogs! They love their sloppy kisses and floppy ears. They love to roll around on the floor and play and go for walks in the park. While having a dog is a lot of fun, it is super important to go into dog ownership with your eyes wide open. In light of National Dog Day being right around the corner, we thought there are probably a few questions you should ask yourself before being convinced to buy a dog.
- Can you afford it? Dogs require feeding, grooming, and equipment, and all of that costs money. If you want to get a dog, make sure that you get a dog that meets your financial needs. Smaller dogs eat less and are less expensive to groom in general. If money is an issue, a smaller dog may be a better option for you.
- Do you have the time? Dogs require time and attention and they can’t walk themselves. If you are considering becoming a dog owner, make sure that you have plenty of time to spend with your dog. Potty training is easier when you are home with the puppy. No dog should be kept in a crate for long periods of time while you are at work or taking the kids from one activity to another. Make sure you have the time to give your dog the love and affection he or she deserves.
- Is this dog a good fit? Adoption is most definitely a great way to enter dog ownership! If you have children, be sure to get a dog that is comfortable being around them. Each year, children are treated for dog bites because the wrong dog or breed was selected for the wrong family. Don’t risk the safety of your children and be sure to find a dog that is the right fit for your family!
Being a dog owner can most certainly be a great experience for the whole family and it can be a very practical way to teach children about responsibility. Have fun looking for the perfect dog for your family and take time to do your research. Happy National Dog Day!
by Gabrielle Fischer