Even cats offer congratulations to dogs everywhere on National Dog Day! Over fourteen thousand years ago, for reasons unknown, dogs decided to hang out with humans and quickly earned the title of Man(kind)’s Best Friend.
Any human who has never experienced the happiness of a warm puppy has missed out on one of life’s greatest joys. It’s a scientific fact that dogs reduce stress and lift people out of depression. They’re always glad to see us and they don’t expect much of us. They’re really smart and capable of a variety of useful activities, from entertaining us with charming tricks (“Roll over…Shake hands…Catch the Frisbee,”) to guiding the sight-impaired or helping children learn to read.
Celebrate the day by taking your dog for an extra walk to a pet bakery where you can buy him a special cookie, then read to him and your kids about Brittany, Lace and their friend Henry, a stately black Labrador retriever, in our Sweet Tales series by Laurie Hyman.
Editor’s Note: Brittany and Lace, the adorable, adventurous cats in Sweet Tales, offer their congratulations to dogs as well. “Especially since,” Brittany said at press time, “Every day is Cats Day.”