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.
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.
— 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)
— Kate Buck (@katebuck96)
— 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.’
— TamarValley Cottages (@TamarValleyCott)
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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.
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.
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.