Celebrating Dogust

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If you’re a pet parent of a rescue dog, you know how special and rewarding it is to give a home to a furry friend who needs one. But you may also face a dilemma when it comes to celebrating your dog’s birthday. How do you know when to mark the occasion if you don’t know your dog’s exact date of birth?

That’s where Dogust comes in. Dogust is the universal birthday for shelter dogs whose birthdays are unknown. It is celebrated on August 1st every year, and it is a way to show appreciation and love for these amazing animals who have enriched our lives. Dogust was created in 2008 by the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization1. Since then, it has spread to shelters and rescues across the country, as well as to pet parents who want to honor their adopted dogs.

So how can you celebrate Dogust with your pup? There are many ways to make this day special and fun for both of you. Here are some ideas:

Throw a birthday party for your dog. Invite some of your dog’s friends, human and canine, and have some cake, treats, games, and gifts. You can even make your own dog-friendly cake with this easy recipe2.
Plan a trip or an adventure with your dog. Whether it’s a hike, a boat ride, a camping trip, or a visit to a new place, your dog will love spending quality time with you and exploring new sights and smells.
Pamper your dog with a spa day. Give your dog a bath, a massage, a grooming session, or a manicure. You can also treat your dog to some new toys, accessories, or outfits.
Plant a tree or make a donation in honor of your dog. You can show your gratitude for your dog and help other animals in need by planting a tree or making a donation to a shelter or rescue organization. You can also share your dog’s story on social media and encourage others to adopt or foster.
Snuggle with your dog and watch a movie. Sometimes the best way to celebrate is to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Pick a movie that features dogs or one that your dog likes to watch, and cuddle up on the couch with some popcorn and treats.
Whatever you choose to do, remember that Dogust is more than just a fun day. It is also a reminder of the joy and happiness that shelter dogs bring to our lives, and the importance of adopting and supporting them. Happy Dogust! 🐶🎂🎁🥰

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