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Let’s Celebrate National Dog Month! (Saturday Spotlight)

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Here in New Jersey, it’s still super-hot and very humid…which is pretty normal for August.  Now it really makes sense why mid-summer is also referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer”!  Ironically, (or maybe not ironically) August happens to be National Dog Month (and August 26th is National Dog Day too).  So, if you have a dog in your life, join me as I share my tips on how to celebrate National Dog Month!

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This September, Celebrate National Dog Month:

Golden Retriever on rug - Celebrate National Dog Month

By the way, the official dates for the Dog Days of Summer go from July 3rd thru August 11th.  If you want more details, you can read more on the Farmer’s Almanac website.

Appreciate the Unconditional Love:

First of all, let’s give our dogs (and other pets) some appreciation for helping to keep us sane over this past year and a half.  Seriously, I don’t know how I would have gotten through some of these sad days without my darling dog, Rosie to snuggle!  Dogs are the best!

Golden Retriever on Rug - Celebrate National Dog Month

Ways to Celebrate National Dog Month:

Let Your Dog Lay in the Sun:

Why do dogs lay in the sun?  Well, I guess it just feels good.  Though for some reason, my dog Rosie loves to lay on my paved driveway.  Even on super-hot days she does this…yes with all that fur!  Makes no sense to me… Don’t worry, I don’t let her stay out there for too long.golden retriever sleeping in sun - celebrate national dog month

Cool Off with a Swim:

Sure, you may have to deal with that wet dog smell for a bit but their happiness is totally worth it!

Golden retriever in pool

Take Your Dog for a Walk:

Explore your neighborhood and be sure to let your dog stop and sniff.  Supposedly, it’s healthy for dogs to explore with their noses.Golden Retriever - dog days of summer

Socialize with their Dog Friends:

Whenever my neighbors and I get together, we like to let our dogs socialize as well!

Golden Retriever and two yellow labs - celebrate national dog month

Celebrate National Dog Month with Treats:

Of course, those treats are extra special when they come from the UPS guy!

UPS truck and golden retriever - celebrate national dog month

Sometimes Rosie even goes up in the truck to get her treat.  Our UPS driver is the best!

If you’d like some more golden retriever entertainment, be sure to read previous National Dog Day blog posts written from Rosie’s perspective!

Celebrate National Dog Day with these Shopping Finds:

If you want to buy Rosie’s favorite collar, here it is!

In our house, we can’t live without this tool!

Before we know it, Halloween will be here and this costume is sure to be a hit! 

In fact, Rosie wore a similar one for Halloween one year!  If you need a good laugh, check out that blog post!

For even more ways to celebrate National Dog Month, here are a few ideas from around the internet:

Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you and your fur-babies celebrate National Dog Month!

In case you missed last week’s Saturday Spotlight, I highlighted Ways to Make the Most of Summer!

*Update:  We lost our precious golden retriever, Rosie in July of 2022. Take it from me, hug your fur babies tight!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! With all the sadness and uncertainty in the world, I thought I’d focus on something happy…any fluffy!

  1. Your dog is so cute. We have cats and they don’t give the same kind of love. Certainly not Rosie who dishes out love on her own terms. Dogs are great at the unconditional love and they’re always so happy to see you.

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