When someone mentions the dog days of summer, we think there is a good chance they might actually be referring to National Dog Day. Each year a variety of celebrations and events take place in honor our four-legged friends and family members and it’s never too early to start planning.
According to the National Dog Day website, August 26 was dubbed a holiday by pet lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige, and is a way to pay homage to our companions for their unconditional love and unquestioning loyalty. The website goes on to acknowledge that dogs play a huge role in our lives. In addition to making ideal best friends, they also work as service and therapy animals and serve alongside law enforcement and military members.
Here are just some of the events taking place in honor of our beloved canines as well as the rescue programs and shelters that work tirelessly on their behalf:
Arizona Rescue and PACC911 present the 10th Annual Bowl-A-Rama, a fundraising event for animals in the hands of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, is scheduled for August 4. Each bowler is responsible for collecting as many pledges as possible prior to the event and has created their own personal web page, click here to view their pages. For more information on donating or spectating, click here.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Pet Club present Bark In The Park August 26. Bring your dog to the ballpark to enjoy the game with you. A Puppy Rally and Puppy Parade will take place before the game at Chase Field. All dogs must be pre-registered here.
If you don’t have a dog, have considered adopting a dog or you want to become involved in another capacity, azcentral.com is reporting that a dramatic summer influx of dogs at local shelters. Read more here.