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Woof! Celebrate National Dog Day

Calling all dog lovers, what will you do to celebrate man's best friend? Send us photos of you and your pooch.

The dog days of summer are here and what better way to celebrate them than by recognizing National Dog Day that was on, Aug. 26.

This is the day animal advocate Colleen Paige has designated for honoring all those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.

Locally, you can take your friend to any of our or even the one designated as Or, head down to where lots of four-legged buddies congregate. 

If you don't have a dog and want to get one, think about adopting from the local shelter, where many are waiting for a loving home.

In terms of the holiday today, it's not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.

Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.

"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."

Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.

SHARE! Post photos of your pooch to the to show 'em some love. Also, tell us in the comment section below how you are celebrating National Dog Day.

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