National Dog Day 2018: Events, How to Celebrate

National Dog Day on Sunday has been celebrated every August 26 since 2004 when it was founded by an animal advocate who wanted raise awareness of the plight of animals in shelters and encourage adoptions.

The day is meant to celebrate all breeds and highlight the number of canines waiting to be rescued every year. 

Here are some National Dog Day events to enjoy with man's best friend:

Adoption event: The nonprofit Angels for Mistreated Animals is holding an end of summer adoption event 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bath & Bubbles Grooming Shop in Brooklyn, New York. Other nonprofits and shelters have adoption specials for the day as well.

Dog food tastings: Complimentary food tastings for canines is being offered by The Farmer's Dog at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dog owners can partake in beer tasting and palm readings with proceeds going to local charities with dogs in need.

Yappy Hour: Henry’s Tavern at the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas, invites guests to being their furry friends along for drink specials, a raffle and will have a dog photographer 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Other bars across the nation are holding similar dog-friendly happy hours. 

Day at the park: Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, is having dog-friendly events from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Dog parks across the nation will likely have more canines than usual.

Social media event: National Dog Day is also an occasion to share photos of canines. The free mobile app PetSmooch lets people share and comment exclusively on dogs and pets. A whopping 60.2 percent of American households have at least one dog, according to the platform. 

"There are probably a lot of scientific explanations for why we love dogs so much and want to make them part of our families, but ultimately, I think it just comes down to the fact that they are great companions. Being with them makes us happy," PetSmooch cofounder Kris Rotonda said in an email to Newsweek. 

"That is why we celebrate them and why everyone wants to share their dog’s best pictures and occurrences in social media."

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