National Dog Day

Your dog has been there for you through the best of times, and the worst of times. They've given you loyalty and unconditional love since the moment you walked into their life. Don't you think they deserve a special day to celebrate all the amazing memories you've created together?

Well, it just so happens that you can make one more, because August 26th is National Dog Day! Here are some fun ways to honor your furry best friend on this wonderful occasion.

Take Your Pup Shopping

Everyone likes surprise gifts, but who wouldn't love a surprise shopping spree? Hit up your local pet shop or pet store and let your dog browse the toy aisle. Allow them to take a good long gander and sniff the objects that interest them. If your pup gives you mixed signals, just grab the first couple of items that make their nose wiggle the most.

Don't forget to pick up a few yummy snacks along the way!

Get a Puppuccino

You probably love your regular Starbucks coffee, and you know that your dog loves their car rides. While you're in the drive-thru, add a delicious puppuccino to your order. It’s just a bit of whipped cream in a small dixie cup, but it’s free and your pal will think they're getting an extra-special treat.

Have a Date Night

Between working to take care of bills and making time to take care of our own needs, it can be difficult to live in the moment. Since today is all about showing appreciation for your best bud, set up some one-on-one time. Head out to a dog-friendly bar or social setting where you can show everyone how cool your pup is and let them meet and greet.

If you'd rather have a "Just the Two of Us" kind of evening, cook up a tasty feast that you and your pet can enjoy. Canines can actually eat quite a bit of the same ingredients we use in our meals. Steak, carrots, celery, potatoes, peas, green beans, and broth all fine to serve. While you're hanging out, be present! Take a few pics for your Snap and IG, then put the phone away and get back to your dinner date.

Give Your Pet a Spa Treatment

Anyone who's been to a spa, or seen a spa on TV, knows that it’s all about getting pampered. After a day of facials, foot massages, back rubs, and aromatherapy, you walk out feeling like a whole new person. Recreate this relaxing environment for your dog! 

Set up some soft music, warm towels, and put some home-made treats in the oven for "aromatherapy" purposes. While they're baking, take the time to massage your pup's legs and paws. For the canines who don't particularly like people touching their feet, move on up to the head, neck, and shoulders. 

It won't take long for your little buddy to doze off into dreamland. Once they wake up, Fido (or Fida) will be ready for their Dog Day snacks.