Going to the Dogs

Celebrating canine love on National Dog Day.

They say that every dog has its day, and that day is this Friday. National Dog Day is celebrated across the country as a way to show our deep appreciation to humankind’s best friend as well as increase awareness of the number of dogs in need of adoption.

So, besides a nice belly rub, how can you show your love for your furry best friend?

Here are some ideas.

Visit a Dog Park

There’s nothing better than some fresh air, communing with fellow canines and, perhaps, a game of fetch to celebrate being a dog. There are a number of dog parks in the South Bay, including the in Campbell, Saratoga Creek Dog Park on Graves Avenue and Saratoga Road in San Jose and Las Animas Dog Park at 40 Mantelli Dr. in Gilroy.

Give Your Dog a Biscuit

Okashi Barkery in Campbell has organic dog biscuits for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Give your pooch a peanut butter treat drizzled with yogurt chip frosting and see his tail wag. Okashi Barkery is at 519 E. Campbell Ave., next to .

Protect Your Dog’s Heart

The Humane Society Silicon Valley is offering a discount on heartworm prevention during the month of August. When you take your dog to the medical center in Milpitas for a heartworm test, you will receive a 50 percent discount off one month’s supply of Advantage Multi treatment. Advantage Multi protects your dog from heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites.

Help a Shelter Dog

If you have extra blankets and towels, you could provide some comfort to a shelter dog. The organization, Annie's Blankets, has a number of collection sites in the South Bay and Santa Cruz area. Annie’s Blankets collects the donations and distributes them to local shelters, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. Click here to find the donation site closest to you.

Pet of the Week

One of the best ways to show your love for dogs is to adopt one! Meet Dolly, an incredibly sweet 6-year-old Border collie mix. She has a gentle demeanor and gets along well with cats, other dogs and people.

She wants nothing more than to have a soft bed and be loved. Dolly had a litter of puppies in the shelter, but none survived, and she had since been spayed. She travels well in the car and walks on a leash.

For more information or to adopt Dolly, please contact The Perfect Dog rescue organization.


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