If you haven't been hiding under an internet-rock today, you may have noticed the hashtag #NationalDogDay popping up all over the place and wondered what, exactly, is going on.
Well, unlike some of the sillier national "holidays" (because let's face it, every day is a National Something-or-other Day now), this one definitely has a purpose behind it. As the National Dog Day website explains:
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
That seems a little more important than National Donut Day, but maybe that's just because I'm a dog-lover. And I'm not the only one! #NationalDogDay has been trending all day, and some of our favorite nerdy celebs have got in on the action.
Uh, thanks, Joss!
I was surprised not to see more famous geeks posting photos of their four-legged friends, especially as so many of the stars of my favorite shows, podcasts and movies have rescued an animal (or three).
Like Felicia Day and her pup Cubby, who has been featured in several of her videos and goes on geeky adventures with her all the time.
Or everyone's man-of-the-moment, Guardians star and all around good guy Chris Pratt.
Lucy Lawless, recently announced for Marvel: Agents of SHIELD has at least one adorable pup (although less photos than many)
There are so many celebrities who have opened their homes and their hearts to a dog...
National Dog Day may be nearly over, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a need for people to care for them all year round. (Gosh, that sounds cheesy!) If you don't already have a dog think about rescuing one, and if you can't, think about fostering, volunteering, or otherwise helping out with furry friends locally.
And for anyone interested, yes, I got in on the tweeting too, with a quick snap of my lovebug at the dog park earlier today.
That's exactly how I feel about dogs, Felicia! Happy National Dog Day!