Today marks the 14th year that National Dog Day is being celebrated in the US. It was founded to bring attention to the plight of man’s best friend, and to encourage adoption from shelters and rescue organizations. Team Highwave has a big love for dogs of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to get their tails wagging. Remember that no matter where you wander, keeping your BFF hydrated is critical for their health. You'll find everything (minus the water) you need to accomplish that here. Now, about that list…
Hit the beach. With National Beach day just around the corner on the 30th, we can’t think of a better way to spend the day with your canine companion. Your pooch can run, play, dig, and swim, to its heart’s desire, while you work on correcting the farmer’s tan you’ve been cultivating all summer. Not sure where the closest dog-friendly beach is? We like BringFido.com for telling us where the fun pups sun.
Take a walk in the park. If you don’t have a beach nearby, why not hit your local dog park? Public dog parks are a great place for dogs (and humans) to socialize, and run freely off leash. The more mental and physical exercise your pup gets, the less mischief they’ll get into at home later. Regular exercise also goes a long way toward keeping both them and you healthy, so grab that leash, a ball, and your AutoDogMug, and get your fetch on.
Try ruffing it. Outdoor adventurers, you know what makes Camping even MORE fun? Doing it with your canine friends! Dogs love to explore new territory, and they do it with a joyful excitement that few humans know. Having them by your side as you take in all of the wild things enhances the experience exponentially, and takes away any worry about them being cared for while you’re away. We dig the locator at DogFriendly.com for quickly helping us find the best places to camp with our furry buddies.
Petflix and chill. If your pup is older or otherwise unable to take on the great outdoors, staying in and watching your favorite dog movie can be the perfect way to spend the day. They’ll love watching other animals and the adventures they have, and you’ll both benefit from the endorphins activated while snuggling during the scary scenes. Just exercise a little caution around classic titles like “Old Yeller" or "Where the Red Fern Grows”. I’m getting misty just thinking about those two.
Spread the love. If you don’t have a furry friend of your own, why not help the dogs in your community? Shelters, rescues, and organizations like the ASPCA, work tirelessly to care and find homes for abandoned, injured, and displaced animals. Giving time and love to shelter animals is often the difference between them being successfully adopted or not. You'll never find a more grateful recipient of your time than an animal that you've comforted.