Sunday is National Dog Day—the day animal advocate Colleen Paige has designated for honoring all those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.
To mark the day, consider adopting a rescued pet. In the Beach Cities, Aamco Transmissions hosts a weekend adoption event in Hermosa Beach every weekend.
And remember: you can now find dogs online. Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach Patch local editor Liz Spear found her precious Ben [then Mirk], a purebred Border Collie who wouldn't herd sheep unlike his siblings, from bordercolliesinneed.org. He was described as mellow, good with cats, and that he needed an owner who was home much of the time. He is mellow, good with cats and just the love of our lives.
We so value what his owner/breeder/foster mom required of us: We had to answer questions and show photos of the fence in our backyard. If you're asking why she was owner/breeder/foster mom, it's because she originally owned Ben since she bred his mom, sold him ot a rancher for herding, which he didn't do, so he was returned to his original owner, who also had a herding ranch and fostered some 20 dogs in addition to her herding crew.
National Dog Day shouldn't be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.
Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart," Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast. ... Short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination—we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.
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