People are using National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their cute pets

People are using National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their four-legged friends.

Adorable tributes, candlelit sausages and too-cute-to-handle pictures are taking over the internet this Sunday as dog owners celebrate man’s best friend.

Kate Sutton, from Oxford, celebrated the day by giving her beloved dog a sausage for breakfast, while Mandy Jones from Oxfordshire took the opportunity to encourage more people to adopt with a cute picture of her dog Polly.

Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
Nala, a working cocker spaniel from Berkshire, celebrated her first National Dog Day with a long morning snooze (Picture: Cameron Mizen)
Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
The puppy will continue to celebrate by spending a lot of time outside and eating her favourite food (Picture: Cameron Mizen)

The day was founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige as a celebration to all dogs, mixed breed and pure, big or small, furry, naked or fluffy.

The annual 26 August celebration is used as a way to remind people about the amount of dogs in need of a forever home.

It is also a day that honours the love dogs bring into people’s lives.

Many dog owners have already taken to Twitter to pay tribute to their ‘best friends’, while some have been remembering their lost ones.

#NationalDogDay we love our best boy! So glad you found us! pic.twitter.com/WnQDTcRrNp

— Kate Sutton (@Kateannasutton)

Happy #NationalDogDay to all the dogs patiently waiting for homes @The_Blue_Cross and other rescues. Polly says thank you to everyone who knows #AdoptDontShop is the way to find your perfect pet 🐾🐾 pic.twitter.com/VWK9hxv07L

— mandy jones (@mandysatwit)

Happy #NationalDogDay! Here are my favourite pictures of our gorgeous rescue pup Ruby 🐶❤️ pic.twitter.com/3SpbdJ2wUS

— Kate Buck (@katebuck96)

Taking it easy on #NationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/zLdUGEvTN4

— Ickle Strickle (@stricklebod)

#NationalDogDay You say.. Well this is our little Princess #germanwirehair #DogsofTwittter pic.twitter.com/usYQcDAXsf

— Andrew (@MrWetwood)

Chris Green wrote: ‘Its National Dog Day and we should recognise the important roles that our service dogs and assistance dogs provide.

‘Having said that, our pets aren’t to be overlooked as they can bring companionship and comfort to many. Dogs really are amazing.’

While Gavin Wright said: ‘To celebrate National Dog Day be sure to take your dogs for a walk and then do the same every other day because they deserve to live a happy and healthy life.’

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick added: ‘Truly mans best friend – they do more for us than we could ever do for them.’

#NationalDogDay Our boy Booma pic.twitter.com/BGQ2ehsjWr

— Mark (@Birty79)

#nationaldogday miss you pup x pic.twitter.com/jJF54I18s4

— abra (@AbraHeritage)

Happy #NationalDogDay everyone pic.twitter.com/eXjbRJ9jsI

— Robbie & Deacon 🐾🐾 (@RobbieDeacon)

It's #NationalDogDay! Here are my two rascals, Jago and Timmy. Here is to all our four-legged friends and the difference they make to our lives!
🐶🐺💗 pic.twitter.com/CMqvoyIgsY

— TamarValley Cottages (@TamarValleyCott)

happy #NationalDogDay pic.twitter.com/rk08S0KYo7

— Florence 🐶😈 (@Florencecavpack)

To the cutests dog in the world prince and princess
I miss both of you 🐶🐶
Happy #NationalDogDay #tiffanyyoung pic.twitter.com/UVS1BVo1Cb

— ⓣⓛⓕⓕⓐⓝⓨ #ⓞⓥⓔⓡⓜⓨⓢⓚⓛⓝ (@nemz_801)

12 ways to celebrate National Dog Day: 

1. Adopt a rescue dog.

2. Make sure your home is ‘dog-safe’.

3. Donate food, blankets and toys to animal welfare charities.

4. Organise a National Dog Day walk or party with your friends and fellow dog owners.

Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
Taking your dog for a long walk or giving them their favourite treat are great ways to celebrate their special day (Picture: Cameron Mizen)
Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
As this year’s National Dog Day has fallen on a Sunday it is the perfect day to give your pet extra attention (Picture: Cameron Mizen)

5. Give your dog a ‘spa day’.

6. Take them for walks to their favourite spots.

7. Buy your pet a new collar and leash.

8. Treat them to their favourite snack or meal.

Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
People have taken to Twitter to brag about how special their pets are (Picture: Cameron Mizen)
Picture: Cameron Mizen People use National Dog Day as an excuse to show off their adorable pets
It is a day that celebrates the love dogs bring into people’s lives (Picture: Cameron Mizen)

9. Clean their beds, blankets and toys.

10. Volunteer at your local dog shelter.

11. Give them extra attention.

12. Share a picture to social media so everyone can see how lucky you are.