August 26th is National Dog Day. This day celebrates dog ownership of all breeds. National Dog Day celebrates and honors all breeds, pure and mixed.  It also serves to help make the public aware that dogs need to be rescued, Rescue animals can come from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs, work dogs and comfort dogs.

Finding a furry friend can be a challenge. When seeking a new companion, be sure to consider a variety of dogs including mutts, mixed breeds, purebreds, and everything in between.

Pets can give us companionship. Additionally, they keep us safe, and they can aid those in need. Dogs can become our family and play several roles in our lives.  Whether most people admit it our dogs keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. A dog can be our best friend and provide emotional support, a true comfort pet.

There are many days in the year dedicated to dogs.  August 26th expands that consideration to look beyond the breed. Pick a dog that makes you feel special and this little furball will steal your heart. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to help rescue dogs from being homeless.

Purebred dogs come from parents of the same breed. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes and registers official breeds. Not all dogs with parents from the same breed are considered official by the AKC based on purity. Characteristics of a purebred animal including behavior and size are more predictable.

With mixed breed animals, the genetics becomes uncertain, and some of the predictability is also lost. However, when it comes to choosing a dog to add to your family, both purebred and mixed breeds may still fit the bill. Both types of dogs, young and old, find their way to shelters and need a forever home.

When dogs do find a forever home, their companionship creates lifelong benefits. They bring their humans love, joy, loyalty, and devotion. Eventually, no matter the breed, these pets become family.

If you want to treat your dog to something special, please visit Huckleberry’s Pet Parlor in Sycamore.

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