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It's time to celebrate National Dog Day

By CNN Staff

Published August 26, 2018

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National Dog Day, created in 2004, is celebrated August 26. Its founder is animal advocate Colleen Paige.

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The day is meant to celebrate all kinds of dogs, whether they're purebred American Kennel Club types, family mutts or foster dogs, according to NationalDogDay.com.

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Dogs are famously, of course, humankind's best friends.

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They're happy sitting around the house, or joining us in our favorite activities

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They also bring comfort and amusement to their owners.

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Dogs' need for exercise can inspire their owners to reconnect with the natural world.

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In addition to looking at these pictures, there are other ways to celebrate National Dog Day.

This is the time to give your dog friend some affection, a belly rub and a special treat.

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More ways to celebrate National Dog Day, according to NationalDogDay.com

  • Teach your dog a trick

  • Play outdoors with your dog

  • Make sure your dog is freshly groomed

  • Treat your dog to a new leash or a cute new outfit or hat

  • Volunteer or donate to a dog welfare organization

  • Contact a dog welfare group or a shelter about adopting another dog

  • Take pictures of your dog and post them on social media

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