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It’s National Dog Day!

“It is the Human Condition to Love.
It is Love that Changes the Human Condition.
It is the Love of one Human that can Change a Nation.
It is that Love which empowers one Nation, to save man’s best friend.”
~ Colleen Paige – Founder of National Dog Day

Today is National Dog Day, celebrated annually on August 26th, this special day serves to help the public to recognize the large number of dogs that need to be rescued each year. It also helps acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day”, to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the Internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog’s breed and better yet – visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group for a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Millions of dogs are killed each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!

National Dog Day will also be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be akin to a “K9-4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local animal shelter on National Dog Day.

The above text has been excerpted from www.NationalDogDay.com. Feel free to visit their site for ideas on how to celebrate this day with your dog. Hope you do something fun and well-deserved for that special canine in your life.


Angel’s Journey to Rainbow Road

This past Saturday, I received one of the saddest phone calls from my mother back home in Nebraska. My Golden Retriever, Angel, had passed away. Apparently, she had a couple tumors on her spleen, one ruptured and she bled out. She was to be 10 years old this coming October.

An overwhelmingly large ocean of emotions hit me and there hasn’t been a day that’s went by that I haven’t cried. She’s the first of my own that I’ve lost. Although I’ve been away from her living elsewhere for 7 years now, it’s like a truck has hit me. She was like my child, my sister, my “Lil Lion”. I’ll never forget the day I got her, right around Christmas time. She was my Christmas Angel. After receiving the devastating news, I broke out my special album just for her that has “Angel” adorned on it with clouds. Looking at pictures of the red bow we put on her head that of course didn’t stay on long, but long enough to snap a couple shots. I remember how she would hide under my mother’s china cabinet for awhile, she was a little timid at first but she was the biggest ball of fur you could ever imagine and the sweetest puppy anyone could ever ask for.

Every year after I moved away, I tried my hardest to go back home each and every year. I’ve been successful but then the funds were not there and I was away from April ’08-May ’10. It was always nice to come back to the home you’ve known for so long and the first thing I looked forward to was seeing my Angel baby when I walked through the door. She would always run right up to me and I’d get on the floor to give her kisses, hugs and scratches. Over time, I saw how extremely close the bond was between Angel and my parents. For example, anytime my mom would bring out the vacuum, Angel would get protective of my mom and try to clamp on to her arm or pant leg and try to drag her away from it. It was honestly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Rightfully so, my parents were devastated of the sudden loss of their baby. My mother used to go home on her lunch hour to check up on Angel, I think it gave her purpose after losing my grandmother this past April. Now that Angel is gone, I feel like an even larger hole has manifested in her heart.

My mother claims she won’t get another dog because there isn’t one that can replace her. And she’s right, no dog will ever replace Angel. Then again, you should never buy another dog to replace one that has passed. I look at this subject in this regard: there are so many homeless dogs and cats out there that are in need of good homes. Why should an animal be euthanized if there are loving people out there willing to open their lives and homes to these special animals? Although she may never share her life with another pet, I understand why she feels this way. Not everyone can cope with the loss of a pet in the same way and not everyone can stand the thought of owning another pet knowing they’ll have the same fate. My heart goes out to you, mom. Angel was one in a million.

So to any and all of you who have lost a pet, I can now say I truly understand. I think one thing we can all agree on is that it’s worth it. Having that companion who loves you through thick and thin, who wags their tail at the glimpse of your smiling face… it just doesn’t get much better than that. All that I can hope is that Angel’s journey to Rainbow Road was quick and painless. I know that you’re up there smiling down on us everyday. There’s no question that you touched so many lives and don’t worry baby, your memory will live on in our hearts forever.

Goodbye, my sweet, sweet Angel baby.

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