Celebrating our furry friends this International Dog Day

BEFORE you head off to work, school or the shops today, make sure you give your dog a big pat and maybe spend a few extra minutes with them at the local dog park this afternoon.

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It’s International Dog Day – a day growing in popularity across the world that celebrates man’s best friend and encourages responsible pet ownership.

The day started as National Dog Day in the United States on 26 August 2004 by Colleen Paige, a pet and family lifestyle expert, animal rescue advocate, conservationist, dog trainer and author.

It’s meant to bring attention to the plight of animals across the world and encourage the adoption of dogs from rescue shelters.

According to the National Dog Day website, August 26 is also a day to recognise the important roles dogs play in our everyday lives.

It acknowledges family dogs and working dogs that save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

“Dogs put their lives on the line every day for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they’re detecting cancer and seizures – things even humans cannot do,” the National Dog Day website reads.

In honour of International Dog Day, we’ve included the top doggy tales to feature on the Good News Fraser Coast website.

Do you have a great story to share about your dog? Let us know about it in the comments below.

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