Monday, August 25, 2014

National Dog Day

August 26 is THE dog day of summer in the United States -- National Dog Day.

According to the NDD website, the annual day "serves to galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort."

For those who have dogs, or owned dogs, most would probably agree that everyday is dog day for these lovable and devoted four-legged mates.
Bailey and me

My dog is Bailey, who will be 2 on Nov. 1. He's a Chorkie (part Yorkie and part Chihuahua). He's been a big part of our family since we took him as a rescue puppy on Dec. 14, 2012.

Our two previous dogs, Bucky and Baxter, crossed the rainbow bridge in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and I miss them to this day because once a dog enters your life, they leave an indelible pawprint on your heart.

I'm not going to go on and on about Bailey, even though I could probably write a book about him. But I will say he's special to my wife and me, just like other dogs (and even cats) are the pride and joy to their keepers. 

But I will share a few of my favorite quotes about dogs:

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." -- Josh Billings

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." -- Roger Caras

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." -- Will Rogers

"The average dog is nicer than the average person." Andy Rooney

"To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." -- Milan Kundera

"The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." -- Johnny Depp

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs." -- Charles de Gaulle

"The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them." -- Stanley Coren

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog." -- George Graham Vest

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really." -- Agnes Sligh Turnbull

And finally:

"Happiness is a warm puppy." -- Charles M. Schultz

Until the next time...

1 comment:

  1. How lovely entry Michael, as a proud owner of a rescued doggie i realte to everything you have posted, God bless you for loving your puppies as much as you do :D