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