Davi Preps for International Dog Day


The word around the dog park is that people are preparing for a canine celebration. But let’s be real. Isn’t every day a day to celebrate dogs? You betcha! And while many dogs are pampered on the daily, International Dog Day has been set aside – August 26 to be exact – for humans to celebrate and appreciate the love and loyalty of their BFFs – best four-legged friends.

I’ve sniffed around for some fun ways you can make the most of this special day:

Pamper Your Pooch

Spend some quality time giving scrumptious spa treatments, like an oatmeal bath for a clean coat, or teeth cleaning for fresh breath. Don’t forget a nail trim for healthy paws. Wrap up the day with a doggie massage and a belly rub. Who wouldn’t love that?

Go Shopping

Take your dog on a shopping spree and buy a fun new toy, or two, or five! Looking to splurge? Find a new collar that’s so fetch or a fancy harness that fits. Maybe a fluffy new bed or an IQ ball filled with treats to chase. Mine keeps me occupied for hours!

Get Outside

Spend an afternoon enjoying the great outdoors together with a challenging hike on a trail, a jog around town, or a long walk on the beach. Bring along plenty of water and treats, and make sure to check park rules and pet policies before visiting.

Make a Treat

Whip up a batch of tasty treats for your hungry hound. Not only are homemade dog treats wholesome and nutritious, but they’re also easy-peasy to prepare and can be made specifically for your furry friend’s favorite flavors or dietary restrictions – yum!

Teach a New Trick

Whether training a new puppy or teaching an old dog a new trick, the benefits of schooling your pooch go way beyond wowing your neighbors. Learning new skills keeps their minds sharp and builds confidence. The more you teach, the quicker dogs learn, and the smarter they become! Remember, the most important thing is building an active, healthy bond of trust between you and your dog, ensuring a lifetime of love.

Go Out for Ice Cream

Lucky for local pups, these ice cream shops have them covered with their own dog-friendly frozen treats!


Bruster’s Ice Cream: Treat your pooch to his or her own ice cream sundae topped with a dog biscuit.

Dairy Queen: The chain offers Pup Cups of vanilla soft serve for four-legged patrons.

Rita’s Italian Ice: This spot’s dog menu features a dollop of vanilla custard finished with a biscuit.

Let’s not forget to shine the spotlight on those dogs who serve, protect, and comfort humans. From saving lives to detecting danger, dogs keep humans safe and help those in need.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still take time to lend a paw and help a dog in need. Consider donating to or volunteering at a local animal shelter, like the Jacksonville Humane Society. Many shelters and rescue groups list items they need, such as blankets, toys, and food.

Every dog deserves a chance to have a happy and healthy life.

Happy National Dog Day, everyone!