Since its inception in 2004, National Dog Day has been celebrated annually on August 26th. It was founded by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate and a dog trainer. The intent of such a day was to bring more awareness to the number of dogs that need rescued from public shelters, pure breed rescues, and other pet rescues each year. Now, thanks to social media posts and being adopted into New York legislation in 2013, National Dog Day has grown in recognition and popularity. It is a day to celebrate all kinds of dogs—whether family pets, working dogs, foster dogs, purebred, mixed breads, or mutts. Many people use the day to recognize the dogs that put their lives on the line each day to do things like protect their homes and families, serve with law enforcement, and work as guide and companion dogs helping people living with disabilities.

Do you or have you ever had a pet dog? (Many of our LifeBio employees love their furry four-legged friends, as you can see here! More than half of the U.S. Presidents have owned dogs too.) What did you name your dog? (One of LifeBio’s employees once had a dog that got named Diogi—pronounced D-O-G—when no other names could not be agreed upon.) What breeds of dogs have you owned? (For the last 29 years in the U.S., the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular pet breed.) Do you like wet dog noses and kisses? (Dog noses are wet to attract scent chemicals, and dogs often lick their noses to taste those scents.) Do you prefer big dogs or little dogs? (The tallest dog in the world now is a Great Dane, named Zeus, that is 44-inches tall.) Do you ever laugh at your pet doing something goofy? (Dogs can actually smell many human feelings, such as fear. Dogs can also genuinely feel jealousy if owners show affection towards other living creatures.) Has your pet ever done something mischievous? (Another employee’s dog once broke into a pantry and ate an entire box of 40 candy bars that the owner’s daughter was supposed to sell for a fundraiser!) Does your dog ever do funny things while sleeping or dreaming? (A LifeBio worker’s spouse once almost got in trouble with his blonde wife while dreaming… As she was about to nudge him awake for talking about being “such a pretty girl, with soft red hair,” he saved himself by fondly saying their red Irish Setter’s name, Bella!) Does seeing and petting a dog bring a smile to your face and make you feel better? (Petting dogs has been proven to lower blood pressure in both humans and dogs.) Do you love your pet like a member of your family? ( reported that dogs are part of a small group of animals that demonstrate unselfish kindness towards others, without expecting any reward. Now if that doesn’t make you love dogs even more, we don’t know what will!)

If you would like to reminisce about pet dogs and other dog stories today, LifeBio would paw-sitively love to help you. If writing your life stories seems ruff, there is no need to terrier-self up over it. By the time you finish recording your memories, you will want to tell others howl you did it! We think you will be dog-gone proud of telling your story. Remember that anything is paw-sible, and LifeBio is here to help. We suggest that you mutts get started today, but we will not be re-pug-nant or hound you. If you dislike our dog puns, please fur-give us.

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