It’s not the Dog Days of Summer, it’s actually National Dog Day today. August 26th has been recognized as Dog Day with two goals ~ to honor dogs and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.
The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the foundation (http://www.nationaldogday.com), whose motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time” is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.
And FYI, the Dog Days of summer isn’t just your grandmothers (or in my case, Nana’s) expression. “Caniculares dies,” or days of the dogs, was what the Romans called the period from the first week of July to the second week of August. So that’s been over for two weeks, today just go play with your dog!