Today is National Dog Day!
Dogs are an important part of our society.
They are family, friends, babies and they deserve to be loved.
I would like to introduce you to our dog, Hannah!
Hannah is a rescue dog. She was found scavenging in rural Kansas. The rural shelter had no space and she was going to be put down. A Minnesota based rescue had her shipped from Kansas to the Twin Cities. We found her listed on petfinder.com. Her picture called out to us and we went to meet her. We spent a half an hour with her and decided that she belonged with us. We brought her home and have never regretted it.
All we knew about her was that she was about a year old and had been feral for most of her life.
She definitely showed us that she knew how to scavenge for food, but despite being on her own, she has the most wonderful temperament!
Shortly after we got her, she started having sinus issues and we noticed that she was missing a canine tooth. The vet discovered that she had a hole in her nasal cavity that went into her mouth. At the time, they thought it was caused by a puncture, perhaps when she lost her tooth. They took her into surgery and tried to repair the hole.
3 months after the surgery, she was still having issues. The vet took her into surgery again, this time with a Canine Dental Specialist. Upon performing an x-ray, they found a lot of metal shards in her head, face and in her nasal cavity. When they removed them, they realized that they were bullet fragments.
It is now assumed that our precious Hannah was shot in the back of the head, either by accident or on purpose, and miraculously survived! She lived and spent the next 7-8 months healing, scavenging and alone.
We are so amazed by her and are truly lucky to have her in our family!
Here are some great ways to celebrate National Dog Day!
1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your dog and others.
3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.
5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.
6. Order an adorable dog shaped flower arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com and enjoy a 10% discount by using code DOG when placing your order!
7. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!
8. Spend the day taking photos of your dog and then enter our photo contest!
9. Buy an official National Dog Day Tee here and sport it proudly!
10. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
11. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.
12. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy….or two…or five.
13. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.
15. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.
16. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.
17. Teach your dog a new trick.
18. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.
19. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.
20. Take your dog to the beach.