Today’s Post by Joe Farace
A dog is man’s best friend.
National Dog Day on August 26th encourages dog ownership of all breeds. While seeking a new companion, be sure to consider the mutts, mixes, purebreds, and every pooch in between. Whether mixed or purebred, its a day to embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and abuse-free life. Dogs play many roles in our lives and keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. They give us companionship, keep us safe, and help those in need.
The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year.
Purebreds are animals whose parents were both of the same breed. One benefit of purebred animals is that characteristics such as behavior and size are predictable. With mixed breed animals, the genetics are uncertain and some predictability is lost. However, when it comes to choosing a dog to add to your family both purebred and mixed breeds may be a perfect fitl
Both types of dogs, young and old, find their way to shelters. Regardless of their genetics, all dogs require care and training. If there’s a particular breed that has captured your heart, check the shelters. You might be surprised to find either a purebred or one that is a mix of the kind you’re fond of. When dogs find a forever home, their companionship creates lifelong benefits. They bring with them joy, loyalty, and devotion. Eventually, no matter the breed, these pets become family.
When considering adoption, adopt, don’t shop. Learn how organizations like the Dumb Friends League are changing the way we adopt. As you search for your new family member, get prepared. Keep in mind the needs of a small versus large dog. Until you find your forever companion, consider volunteering at your shelter or becoming a foster parent.
Use #NationalDogDay and post photos of your dog on social media. Take your dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer at a shelter. Be sure to stock up on plenty of Dog Treats as well.