Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Celebrating National Dog Day

Did you know that Wednesday, August 26 is National Dog Day?

So, what exactly is this annual event? Well it was founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige and was created to honor our four legged friends for all that they do. This special day also serves to help the public recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year.

Spend the day celebrating your furry friends and remember the number of animals that help our society every day. Say thank you to your puppy pal with a game of fetch, a tasty dog treat or maybe just a big hug.

For more information on National Dog Day, visit http://www.nationaldogday.com/.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

AKC Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Congratulations are in order for the The American Kennel Club (AKC) who is proud to be celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2009. First founded in 1884, only nine breeds where registered at the time compared to the 161 recognized today.

Check out what breeds made the cut in 1884 -

Chesapeake Bay Retriever
English Setter
Gordon Setter
Irish Setter
Clumber Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Irish Water Spaniel
Sussex Spaniel

Interesting AKC tidbits:
  • In 1884 the English Cocker Spaniel and the Cocker Spaniel were registered as the same breed. They were separated in 1946.

  • The original breeds are all current members of the Sporting Group - dogs bred to help man find and retrieve game.

  • None of the original nine are in today's AKC Top 10 Most Popular Dogs in the US, but the qualities that made them effective hunters, trainability and desire to please, make them ideal family dogs today.

For more information, visit http://www.akc.org/.

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