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National Dog Day

National Dog Day was established in 2004 by Pet and Family lifestyle advocate Colleen Paige. Promoting this day aims to raise awareness about adopting dogs in rescue centers. The day also draws attention to the multiple ways in which dogs contribute to our society. From putting their lives on the line to serve alongside military forces, assisting law enforcement in tracking down bombs or drug dealers, to providing aid for those who need it, dogs play an essential role. More recently, medical experts learned that dogs could even identify cancer in patients.

History: National Dog Day

Thor and Quinn

Thor greets one of our interns, Quinn.

National Dog Day was created in 2004 so all dogs can be celebrated, draw attention to the number of dogs in shelters, and encourage adoption to those who have yet to find a place to call home. August 26 is significant to Colleen because it is the day her family adopted her Sheltie when she was ten.

Since the first celebration in 2004, National Dog Day has grown in popularity and is now recognized worldwide. In 2013 the holiday was written into New York legislation and can be seen on the New York State Senate’s website. To spread the word further, those that oversee the holiday have joined forces with many rescue partners, including The Human Society of The United States and West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue. Together they draw attention to the number of dogs without a home and actively encourage people searching for a dog to visit an adoption shelter instead of a pet store.

National Dog Day is widely covered in the media each year, and rescue homes receive the all-important exposure they need to communicate their message. Whether you choose to celebrate by volunteering at a rescue home, donating to a shelter, or by giving your furry friend an extra big cuddle, make sure you spend this day acknowledging just how excellent dogs are.

Working Dogs

Working dogs are well-known around the world. They fulfill many roles, adding social, cultural, and economic value to human lifestyles. Our canine companions:

  • Are valuable co-workers,
  • Provide labor that would be costly for humans to do, or
  • Perform specialized tasks that people cannot accomplish, such as scent detection or as the focus of animal-assisted therapy.

Despite their value, many working dog providers only graduate around half of the dogs bred or recruited to their programs to operational working service.

Blitzen in a Meeting

Blitzen sits in a meeting.

Government and animal science-based programs are working to improve the relationships between the government/educational institutions and breeder trainers by providing new resources to encourage participation in training programs to increase public awareness. Communications and marketing recommendations include exposure through print and digital media and attending industry events, like the AKC Detection Dog Task Force conference. Furthermore, working dog programs would benefit by attending AKC-led events, AKC sporting invitationals, and providing interviews to canine magazines such as AKC Gazette.

A.R. Brouwer’s Moral Officer and Mascot

At A.R. Brouwer, Thor is our Morale Officer, and Blitzen is our Company Mascot. Both love to come to the office and get involved in meetings. Due to demanding deadlines and supply chain shortages, the construction industry can be very stressful. Thor and Blitzen visit our office regularly to offer encouragement and free hugs to our team members and company visitors.