A major sign that National Dog Day has romped into view, as it does each and every Aug. 26, is that you'll see a lot of cuddly, kissable photos of puppies on whatever social media sites you regularly visit.
That's how you'll know. Er... wait. Isn't approximately 87% of social media comprised of kissable photos of puppies every single day of the year?
Is that percentage too low? Maybe 90%?
So, upon reflection, that is absolutely not how one remembers that National Dog Day has arrived.
And, let's be even more honest: Every day is National Dog Day to your dog, because that's how pups operate. Life is good and worth celebrating, around the clock, for her. (Don't you ever dare explain what a clock is to your dog, because we suspect that not being beholden to a schedule is, in part, what makes pups so blissful.)
There are a few ways to mark the day, however (yes, we said "mark," which has a different meaning in the world of dogs, so thank you for noticing). You can buy your barker an extra special treat or new leash or toy; Southern California is rife with big dog stores and indie dog stores, too. Needless to say, the breadth of what's available for dogs nowadays goes well beyond the beef-flavored jerky treat.
You can adopt a dog, if you've been thinking about it. How great would your adoption story be, for years to come, if you could reveal that you and your furry one met on National Dog Day?
You can mark -- there, we went and did it again, using "mark," heh -- dog events on your calendar. The Surf Dog Surf-a-thon in Del Mar and Strut Your Mutt in Exposition Park are both galloping this way, as fast and as charmingly as a golden retriever with a slobbery tennis ball in his mouth.
And you can peruse surveys like the one just released by treat maker Milo's Kitchen. California was determined to be the most "Dog Happy" state in the union, surprise surprise (read: no surprise). The methodology included asking dog people about "grateful behaviors" and "loving behaviors" and such.
How will you celebrate with your canine? Cuddly lap time? Will you scroll together through the many puppy photos currently puppying-up social media?
Currently and every day, of course. Truly, is the internet comprised mostly of baby dogs sitting in wicker baskets and wearing bows? Someone lift the lid on this technology, look inside, and find out for sure.