National Dog Day aims to honour the contribution dogs make to our lives and to save dogs from neglect.
What does the phrase rescue dog mean to you?
When you hear the phrase rescue dog what images spring to mind?
Something like this?
Or something like this?
Both are equally valid. Recognising the essential role dogs play in keeping us safe is perhaps the most persuasive argument for giving dogs our help when they need it.
By highlighting canine intelligence, loyalty and courage National Dog Day aims to remind us that we owe dogs a little something in return.
The PDSA Dickin Medal was first awarded in 1943 to recognise the gallantry of animals. Known popularly as the Animal Victoria Cross 67 dogs, cats, a pigeon and a horse have been awarded the Dickin Medal.
Rip (above) received the medal in 1945 for his bravery sniffing out air raid victims during the Blizt.
Earlier this year, Lucca (above), a retired US Marine Corps dog received the award for protecting the lives of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During her six years of active service, Lucca successfully completed 400 separate missions. On her final patrol on March 23 2012 an IED detonated underneath Lucca, resulting in the loss of her leg.
It’s true not every dog is laying its life on the line but even the average family pet makes a huge contribution to the lives of its owners. So lots of organisations have chosen to celebrate National Dog Day by encouraging owners to give their pets a little extra TLC in return.
Guide Dogs suggest an extra-long walk, grooming session, extended tickle and massage, treats and new toys. There’s also talk of changing your Facebook profile pic to that of your beloved hound. Not much in it for the dog but lots of potential for gratuitously cute pics.
Sainsbury’s Bank take a different tack. Ever wondered what your dog is trying to tell you? Just check out Sainbury’s Bank’s helpful guide.
The Dog Rescuers
The main point is, all dogs are worthy of our respect and care. And the ultimate is expression of this is dog adoption.
The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davis follows the RSPCA in their crusade against cruelty and neglect. It features dog rescues, rehabilitiations and heart-warming rehomings. It totally blows the myths about the dogs available for adoption and should be compulsory viewing for anyone thinking of getting a dog.
Each week they feature a dog looking for a new adoptive home. Clearly the featured dogs find homes quickly but the message is, adopting is exciting and rewarding. And there are wonderful dogs in RSPCA centres all over the country.
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