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Celebrating International Dog Day 2023: Honouring Man's Best Friend

Every year, on August 26th, dog lovers around the world come together to celebrate International Dog Day. This special day is dedicated to honouring our furry companions, recognising their unconditional love, loyalty, and the profound impact they have on our lives. As we mark International Dog Day 2023, it's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the significance of dogs in our lives, raise awareness about responsible pet ownership, and spread the message of compassion and care for these wonderful creatures.

Dog clapping paws - Credit Bing AI Creation

A Global Celebration


International Dog Day isn't just an observance in one corner of the world; it's a truly global celebration that transcends borders and cultures. From the bustling streets of New York City to the serene villages of Japan, people from all walks of life join hands to commemorate the joy and companionship that dogs bring. Social media platforms overflow with heartwarming stories, adorable pictures, and touching anecdotes that showcase the incredible bond between humans and their four-legged friends.



The Role of Dogs in Our Lives


Dogs have been our faithful companions for thousands of years. From ancient civilisations to modern societies, these animals have donned various roles – from hunters and herders to loyal protectors and beloved family members. Their innate ability to understand human emotions and provide unwavering support makes them indispensable in today's world. Service dogs assist individuals with disabilities, therapy dogs offer comfort to those in need, and search-and-rescue dogs save lives in the aftermath of disasters.


Guide dog for the blind with puppy - Credit: Flickr - smerikal

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership


As we celebrate International Dog Day, it's crucial to emphasise responsible pet ownership. Dogs are not just playthings; they are living beings that require proper care, attention, and love. This day serves as a reminder to adopt from shelters, spay/neuter pets to control the population, provide regular medical check-ups, and ensure they lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Education about dog behaviour and training is essential to prevent misunderstandings and promote harmonious relationships between dogs and their human companions.



Fighting Animal Cruelty


While International Dog Day is a celebration, it's also an opportunity to address the darker side of the world dogs inhabit. Sadly, animal cruelty and neglect still persist in many parts of the world. This day prompts us to support animal welfare organisations, report cases of abuse, and work collectively to put an end to the suffering of innocent animals. Through advocacy and awareness, we can make strides towards a world where every dog is treated with kindness and respect.

Caged dog abandoned - Credit: Pixabay free to use

The Power of Adoption


One of the most impactful ways to celebrate International Dog Day is by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue organisation. Millions of dogs worldwide are in need of loving homes, and adopting a shelter dog not only changes their lives but also enriches yours. The feeling of giving a second chance to a dog in need is immeasurable. Whether it's a playful puppy or a seasoned senior, each dog has a unique story and a world of love to offer.


Our mixed breed dogs.They are beautiful and give unconditional love. Rex (left) adopted 11 years ago; Sammi (right) over 4 years ago (they were both around 3 years old in a shelter with the RSPCA Australia at the time of adoption)- Credit Author

Celebrity Advocacy


Over the years, International Dog Day has gained support from numerous celebrities and public figures who use their platform to raise awareness about dog-related issues. These individuals showcase the importance of the human-dog bond and the difference that can be made by advocating for animal welfare. Through their influence, they inspire millions to take action, donate to causes, and consider adopting pets.


International Dog Day 2023 is not just about sharing cute pictures of our furry friends on social media. It's a day to celebrate the profound impact that dogs have on our lives, to recognise their contributions as working animals, and to advocate for their well-being. As this day is celebrated, let's remember to cherish our dogs, promote responsible pet ownership, and work towards a world where every dog is loved, cared for, and protected from harm.


Whether you're a lifelong dog enthusiast or a newfound admirer, International Dog Day is a reminder that our four-legged companions deserve our gratitude, care, and love every day of the year.


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Our team decided to finish this article, dear reader, by looking at how other animals are treated differently from dogs and cats, when in fact they feel at least something as every animal does.

So what feelings can animals have?

Quote from article Oxford Academic “Pythagoreans long ago believed that animals experience the same range of emotions as humans (Coates1998), and current research provides compelling evidence that at least some animals likely feel a full range of emotions, including fear, joy, happiness, shame, embarrassment, resentment, jealousy, rage, anger, love…” (for more information see the link in reference)


Hugging a cow is pure bliss - Credit Pinterest

For example, cows amongst many other animals are sometimes referred to as grass puppies. This is an apt description as when left free to roam, they exhibit many of the same behaviours as dogs, such as playfulness and empathy, creating bonds with people and other animals, as well as taking part in activities like playing fetch.


Yet we eat them by the millions. Presumably because we don't know them as individuals. As a thought experiment, then, why do we not eat cats - and dogs in particular?


As long as we don’t know them as individuals, what exactly is the ethical difference???

(A number of cultures do of course but certainly not in the West.)



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ― Mahatma Gandhi

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REFERENCE

The Quint World, 26.08.2023 (viewed 28.08.20239


BioScience, Oct 2000 (viewed 28.08.20239



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