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Happy National Dog Day! Today We Celebrate Dogs!

Happy National Dog Day 2019!

Today is THE day to celebrate dogs across the world! 

We know what everybody is thinking, “National Dog Day is every day around here!” 

And I feel you. It’s the same here. 

2 brown newfies in snow

We celebrate and love dogs every single day in our house. Maybe even a little more so over the past week, if that’s possible. 

But National Dog Day is a little more than just celebrating dogs. 

Founded in 2014 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure.

Their mission is to help 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 each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. 

Everyone has their own interpretation of National Dog Day and what it means but this day focuses mostly on encouraging adoption or purchasing from a reputable and ethical dog breeder. 

It discourages purchases from pet stores, puppy mills, backyard breeders and online puppy ads. 

I agree 100% with that and have advocated for years on behalf of the Newfoundland breed. 

Today I would like to take more time and point you in the right direction if you are searching to find a Newfoundland to add to your family. 

I have a few posts here on the blog on how to find a responsible Newfoundland dog breeder, and how to spot a puppy mill

If you are looking to adopt a Newfoundland you can find a list of rescues in your area on the NCA website. 

There are also several giant breed rescue groups that are known to take in Newfoundlands. , Big Dogs Huge Paws, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, and our friends over at Newfoundhaven

Now, let’s get onto celebrating National Dog Day with our personal dogs!

I’m going to share some of my favorite things about Sherman and Leroy and then I invite you to join in on the fun and share your most favorite things about your dog!

Sherman. 

Shermie Bermie. 

Berman. Sherms.

Sherman was always the constant in my life. When life would throw me lemons, Sherman was there to turn it into lemonade.

He was always the first to greet me when I came home. He was the first one I kissed in the morning and the last one that I kissed before bed. 

Sherman was good for everyone’s soul.

He kept peace and order in my house for over 12 years. 

He did not like confrontation or horseplay and he liked his house in working Sherman order. 

If something was out place or not right he would let you know. 

He hated when anyone argued and he would put himself between the argument and nudge the loudest arguer away. 

This came in quite handy when Bobby and Gracie were younger. 

He had a deep Newfie bark but the older he got the more he sounded like a turkey. 

He was the loudest snorer and farter in the house, both of which would occasionally wake him from a deep slumber.

The first time Bobby had a “girl” friend over, one of Sherman’s farts went down as one of the most embarrassing moments of Bobby’s teenage years.

Sherman was the perfect Newfie, loyal, kind and devoted. 

Leroy. 

Petey Pee. Peter the Pumpkin Eater. Roy. 

Leroy is the exact opposite of Sherman.

The devil’s spawn as I used to say. 

Many of you see him as a sweet innocent dog, and he may mostly be that now, but Leroy is one of the most stubborn dogs that I’ve known. 

He is fun and silly and super smart but he’s given me so many ulcers.

He can’t be trusted but he can be trained to an extent. The extent part is if Leroy wants it.

Leroy is the dog that likes confrontation and instead of trying to break up an argument, he joins in.

He’s a brat but he’s the sunshine in my cloudy days. 

Man does this dog make me laugh and smile. 

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He has kept my humor intact through my 30’s and 1/2  of my 40’s. 

There are many days that I thought loving Leroy would kill me or keep me going. 

The confidence that oozes from his body and soul is exhilarating and amazing to see. 

The obstacles and struggles that he’s overcome are inspiring.

When you look in his eyes, you see the devil or angel, it depends on the day. 

He is one of the most beautiful and complex creatures inside and out that I have ever known and I could not imagine my world without him in it.

Happy National Dog Day to Sherman and Leroy and Happy National Dog Day to your dogs past and present!

 

 

 

 

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Christine Mullis

Monday 26th of August 2019

Sam is my very first dog. So sometimes it’s hard to know if I love him so much just because he’s a dog or because I love Newfies. I guess it’s just because I love him.

The family I grew up in did not have dogs and it wasn’t until my grown daughter got a Newfie named Lizzie (who passed away last year) that I became infatuated and obsessed with Newfoundlands. We searched for three years until we finally came upon a Northern California place with Newfie puppies. The day we went to pick Sam up was one I’ll never forget. All the other puppies raced out and frolicked and played and then the last one came out and walked slowly over to the nearby flowers and buried his puppy nose in them. That was our Sam.

He still loves flowers (and ate the top of many tulips years ago) and still tends to walk slowly and peacefully. He’s pretty chill overall and always has been. He prefers people to dogs and loves almost everyone he meets. He absolutely loves to be adored. He’s also extremely jealous whenever he thinks I’m smitten with another dog and refuses to acknowledge their existence.

He tends to be a Policeman type fella when we’re around groups of dogs and can be quite vocal if he thinks they’re out of line! Definitely a Newfervisor. But occasionally he meets the right dog and actually plays a little and I love when that happens. I probably should have had him around more dogs when he was younger ...

He adores small children and is super protective. Once he actually knocked me down and dragged me as across the lawn at a park because we were with a 3 yr old I babysit and he though this other dog was threatening her. He had never done anything like that before!

Although Sam is a Newf he refuses to swim. Just feet in the waves for him at the beach. Yet he loves being near water and will lay and stare out at it for a long time with a faraway look in his eyes.

He loves his routine and having the same things happen at the same time. He’s very stubborn though and there are times when the only way I can get him in the car is to park it a few blocks away and walk him down to it where he’ll jump right in. Go figure!

He makes me laugh every single day, and must know what I’m up to at all times. If I’m gone more than a few hours I will get the most enthusiastic greeting imaginable upon my return.

On our morning walk he often looks up at me with his beautiful smile and it melts my heart every time.

Every day I am so grateful I discovered Newfie Love and only wish I had discovered it much, much earlier.

Happy International Dog Day Everyone!!

Jen

Monday 2nd of September 2019

I love everything about this Christine. Thank you so much for sharing about Sam. It brought a huge smile to my face. He sounds so much like Sherman, especially with his routine.

Ducky's Mom

Monday 26th of August 2019

Oh Lord, it would take four full pages just to summarize my girls - angels and demon - so I'll just say they have each filled different needs in me that I didn't know existed. And this little demon, Ducky, is stubborn as they come at times but makes me laugh and smile a million times a day! She keeps me grounded and makes me crazy and I can't / don't want to imagine my life without her.

Jen

Monday 2nd of September 2019

Hahaha. I know what you mean Sue. I could have written an essay on each of the boys

Rosa Bush

Monday 26th of August 2019

Spoil the dogs a extra more today.

Jan

Monday 26th of August 2019

beautiful post--May every day be a dog day.

Tails Around the Ranch

Monday 26th of August 2019

Happy National Dog Day to you and yours.

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