Today, Monday August 26th is National Dog Day - so how is the Hudson Valley celebrating?

I've never owned a dog myself - but sometimes the neighbors dogs pay us a surprise visit at the front door - that counts for something, right?

When I woke up this morning and did my daily scroll through Instagram and Facebook, I was quickly reminded of the holiday by all my friends who wanted to shout out their pups in honor of the day.

National Dog Day, according to their website,

celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage

National Dog Day was actually adopted into New York State Legislation in 2013, so it is an actual thing for us in NYS, and speaking of adopting, this day is also used to promote the idea of rescuing and adopting pups that could use a loving home.

So today, in honor of National Dog Day, in addition to shouting out your pup on social media, consider making a donation to your favorite shelter or rescue, every little bit helps :)