NationalDogDayAug. 26 is National Dog Day! Be sure to give your four-legged furry friend some extra love today.

Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle advocate established National Dog Day in 2004. This day is recognized to celebrate dogs of all breeds around the world as well as to honor dogs that keep us safe and bring us comfort. Another important aspect of this day is to bring awareness of how many dogs are currently in shelters. With increasing numbers of pups present in shelters, it is essential for individuals to consider adopting to allow these animals a safe, loving home and to make room for dogs that need to be taken into rescue centers.

In Illinois, the most common dog breeds include:

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Labrador Retriever
  3. Pit Bull
  4. Mutt
  5. Beagle

There is a dog out there for everyone. Whether dogs are used for comfort, law enforcement, or to provide assistance – every dog is worthy of love and care, after all they are truly a man’s best friend. Happy National Dog Day!