Gradie, Mountain Shop dog here. And I’ve got GREAT news for all my four-legged friends: Today, August 26th, is National Dog Appreciation Day!

That’s right! An entire day dedicated to celebrating all that we do for our humans. Finally, some recognition for all of the invaluable squirrel chasing. Just think about how many squirrels there would be if we slacked off on our duties!? Portland would be overrun!

Now National Dog Appreciation Day is here and we can bask in the glory of extra treats and pets. This day is not just about extra treats though (although treats are a VERY important part of it). National Dog Day serves to raise awareness about all of my friends that still don’t have homes. In Portland alone there are hundreds of dogs and puppies waiting to be adopted. They say one of the best ways to celebrate National Dog Appreciation Day is to go out and adopt a dog. You can check out some of my friends waiting for homes on the Oregon Humane Society website.

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Here’s a great quote from Dog Day founder, Colleen Paige:

“I founded National Dog Day in 2004 to honor dogs, to give them “a day”, to show our deep appreciation for the historical connection of companionship with one another – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as Police K-9’s, Military Working Dogs, Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs. My dog, Sailor, was tortured and starved when I found her in the shelter at 7 months old and she taught me what unconditional love and trust really meant. I want the world to celebrate dogs for their capacity to love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. I want this to be a day to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – to help abolish puppy mills and end breed specific legislation so we can create a world where all dogs (and every animal) can live a happy, safe and abuse-free life.”

So, friends, I ask, have you thanked a dog today?

See you next time!


Author’s note: If you would like to thank a dog, I will be available at the Mountain Shop today from 10am to 7pm for thanks in the form of treats, pets, hugs, cuddles, and tennis balls. It’s the least I can do to show my support for National Dog Appreciation Day…right?

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