Dogs are a man’s best friend, according to an adage that has stood the test of time. They are undeniably faithful companions, and in this day and age, a lovely video of a puppy is all you need to watch at the end of a long day. As a result, it is only fitting to dedicate a special day to dogs and everything they represent. International Dog Day, celebrated on August 26 around the world, is a special day to commemorate our canine friends and promote awareness about their needs.
Colleen Paige, an animal welfare activist and pet lifestyle specialist, founded International Dog Day in 2004. Ms Paige chose August 26 in particular because it was on this date that the activist’s family got their first dog, “Sheltie,” from a local animal shelter.
The purpose of International Dog Day, according to Ms. Colleen Paige, is to “promote all breeds and kinds of dogs.” Additionally, a strong emphasis is placed on preventing the purchase of dogs from unethical backyard breeders and puppy factories and promoting adoption from rescue households.
“Our mission is to galvanise the public to recognise the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and to acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly every day to save lives, keep us safe, and bring comfort,” the official Dog Day website states, adding that former US President George W Bush has supported the special day.
Ms Colleen is the creator of National Puppy Day, National Cat Day, and National Wildlife Day, in addition to International Dog Day.
Top 5 Facts about dogs
They have amazing hearing abilities.
Dogs can detect vibrations that humans cannot. They have precisely positioned ears that allow them to hear more sounds. It is also believed that they tilt their necks to listen to the source of a sound.
Dog breath is quite harmful.
If your dog has foul breath for an extended period of time, it is an indicator of health problems, particularly dental illness. As a result, it is critical to have pets inspected by a veterinarian doctor at least once a year.
Jealousy affects dogs.
Dogs, like people, get jealous, whether they got it from humans or not. It may not be as blatant as human envy, but they become envious when the owners fail to pay attention to them.
Dogs do not have colorblindness.
Canines do have difficulty distinguishing between specific hues of red and green because they look as browns and greys. However, dogs being colorblind is a major misconception that has been proven to be inaccurate. Though “partially colorblind” could be a better term.
Dogs are more prone to overheating.
Dogs have a greater body temperature than humans, around 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why they may despise summers or hot weather. You should never walk your dog on a hot day if you own a pet.