National Dog Day

August 26th marks National Dog Day, a day set aside each year to celebrate the special relationship we share with our companion dogs. Another goal of National Dog Day is to bring to light the number of dogs waiting for homes of their own in shelters and rescues. Unfortunately, 2.7 million pets are euthanized annually while waiting to find a family. Through education and outreach, many more pets could be placed into loving families instead.

Besides being great companions, many dogs help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety in their owners. Their ability to “live in the moment” can help people to realize sometimes it’s best to “stop and smell the roses.” Dogs can also make good exercise partners, as it’s harder to tell Fluffy you’re just not feeling a run today when she’s barking and ready to go.

What are some ways that you can celebrate the special bond you share with your dog? You could take him on a walk at the park instead of your routine path around the neighborhood. Get her a new enrichment toy that she has to work at to figure out (mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise to dogs). Arrange a playdate with some of his doggy friends. Show off her cute face to the world through National Dog Day’s Instagram contest #nationaldogday and she could be the “spokesdog” for next year’s event. For more ideas, click here.

Do you have room in your hearts for a new furry family member? If you do, be sure to check out the many great pets up for adoption in the New Orleans area. Since the birthdays of many rescue pets are unknown, some people use National Dog Day to celebrate their rescue dogs’ “birthday.”

However you choose to celebrate National Dog Day, be sure to share photos of your day with MSAH on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or Instagram (msah101) and be sure to use #msah101. We love to see the special bonds that our clients and patients share!

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