26 August is National Dog Day!
America’s famous animal advocate Colleen Paige founded National Dog Day 11 years ago.
On National Dog Day we take a moment to appreciate dogs and the wonderful impact they have on our daily lives. We think about all the dogs that haven’t yet found a loving home. It is also about promoting pet rescue and responsible dog ownership to give back to our beloved dogs what they give us.
We honour all dogs – our pet dogs, who are members of our families; the search & rescue dogs and bomb-sniffing dogs who help saving lives every day; the assistance and guide dogs who help impaired and disabled people to live more functional lives … just to mention a few.
To celebrate National Dog Day, we want to share with you these amazing stories about some everyday dog heroes:
Maya – The Australian Wildlife Helper
Maya was abandoned in a shelter without a name and history until she was rescued and trained to become a Koala detection dog. What may have been an issue for others was her advantage: Maya had an “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” with chasing balls. This proved to be a very valuable skill for her new role as a detection dog.
Today, Maya helps to save Australia’s threatened Koala population by detecting koalas’ habitat in the wild and helping scientists to protect the species.
Learn more about Maya here.
Josh joined the Australian Army at the age of 21 and went to Afghanistan twice. His time there was rewarding but challenging and he saw things that he wished he’d never seen. Diagnosed with PTSD, the Young Diggers program provided him with Lucky, a rescue dog who was trained to be a mental health assistance dog. Lucky is by his side 24/7 and gives Josh the confidence to take on the every day life.
Watch the full story here.
Samson – The Medical Alert Dog
In June 2015, Asperger’s patient Danielle Jacobs posted a video of her service dog Samson helping her through a meltdown. She wanted to create awareness for this condition and the people affected by it.
In the video, Jacobs can be seen crying and striking herself repeatedly in the head and chest. “This is what’s considered a meltdown,” she writes. Samson alerts, as he was trained to do, and nuzzles with her until she calms down. “It appears the response is late but it’s actually supposed to be as I’m coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after,” Jacobs says. Read more here.
Benji – Our Bow Wow Meow Mascot
And not to forget are our everyday heroes – our beloved pets. The ones that are unconditional in their love, that make us laugh every day, that keep us sane and drive us insane at times. Like Benji, our mascot, who was found as a stray and rescued by one of our team. He greets the mailman with a bark, he pulls out an empty food container from the bin under a desk, he jumps on our lap in the middle of a board meeting … Benji, you are the best work place therapist!
How you can help on National Dog Day:
- Take your dog out for a play, teach him/her a new trick, buy a special treat or a new toy to say “thank you” to your four legged friend.
- Rescue a dog! Find your new pawsome partner in crime here.
- Can’t have a dog of your own? Give some time or money to rescue organisations such as Fetching Dogs.
- Like to support conservation projects? Help by supporting Maya and the other dogs at Australia’s Detection Dog Center.
- Or support returned service men and women with PTSD and theirs dogs . Find out more here.
Please share this article with your fellow dog lovers to promote National Dog Day!