Dog Days of Summer

Wow, is it August already!? We’re really in the Dog Days of Summer now! They supposedly end Aug. 11, but I have a feeling the “dog days” will continue, especially since Aug. 26 is National Dog Day!

In my humble opinion, I think every month should have a National Dog Day. I mean, if a cat can have nine lives, why can’t we have one day a month? C’mon, throw us a bone here. Literally. I could use a bone to gnaw on right now.

I’m not even sure what we’re supposed to do on National Dog Day. Barbecue? Fireworks? Parades? I hope it somehow involves eating. And napping. So, I had to look it up.

It was created by the National Dog Day Foundation. Here’s what it’s all about, according to holidayinsights.com:

“National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

“This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.

“The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.”

Yup, any day. Every day. As the Foundation’s motto says, “Saving 10,000 Dogs — One Day at a Time.” I for one, and I speak for my siblings too, am grateful and thank my lucky stars for organizations like that and rescue shelters all over the country. I mean, it’s kind of crazy that dogs have to be “rescued” in the first place, but thank goodness for organizations that save dogs and find them new homes!

There’s another day involving dogs in August, and that’s Aug. 5, Work Like a Dog Day. I’m not sure I like the sounds of that one. Dogs work plenty hard, not me necessarily, but plenty of dogs, police dogs, military dogs, emergency rescue dogs, dogs for the blind and even emotional support dogs, work hard every day, so I’m not sure we need a day to work harder!

August is an odd month. There are no holidays or even big celebrations, unless you count National Dog Day. I mean there’s Friendship Day and Sisters Day on Aug. 2, 

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and U.S. Coast Guard Day on Aug. 4, International Beer Day on Aug. 7, National Honey Bee Awareness Day on Aug. 15 and 

International Bacon Day on Aug. 29. But that’s about it.

OK, and one weird one, every month has one (or two or three), Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (huh?) on Aug. 8. Why would you have to sneak zucchini onto someone’s porch? Dad would love a bunch of zucchini!

And one last thing, Aug. 26 is not only National Dog Day, but it’s also Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. That happened in 1920. 1920! What took ’em so long?

And remember, August is Admit You’re Happy Month, so have a happy August…and admit it!

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