National Dog Day is here again. Hurrah! According to official sources, the celebratory event, which takes place on August 26th of every year, is designed to “bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption.” That’s obviously a very worthy aim — but how about we twist things up a little and suggest a bunch of non-traditional ways you and your pooch can bring attention to the goals of National Dog Day.
1. Cook a canine-friendly meal for two
We’ve all glanced at the mighty healthy ingredients to a package of premium organic dog food and thought, “You know, I could actually eat that.” Well, take it one step further by donning your best novelty apron and rustling up a home cooked meal for two that both you and your dog can chow down on. Boiled chicken, cheese and an apple are your go-to ingredients for this one.
2. Sing for the moment
Give your favorite song a canine-centric makeover. Simply replace crucial words with the name of your dog or other themed lyrics. If you’re stumped, try starting by substituting a key word in the title with “bark.” So the hook to Drake’s “One Dance” quickly becomes, “I need a one bark/ Got a chew toy in my mouth…” Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” practically re-writes itself.
3. Talk like a dog
Find a few likeminded friends or colleagues and attempt to get through the day by communicating only in dog noises. You never knew a deep growl could convey so much during a staff meeting!
4. Catch ’em all
Yeah, Pokemon fever has calmed down after the initial hysteria swept the world, but there’s still time to get on the bandwagon and hit the streets with your dog while looking for Pikachu and pals. Bonus karma points for actually dressing your dog up like a Pokemon.
Alternatively, keep it cerebral by attempting to play a game of chess with your dog. Sure, it probably won’t pan out as planned, but if Eddie from Frasier can hang at the checkered board…
6. Bring your dog to happy hour
Okay, sometimes in some states it’s not technically allowed, but it’s not hard to find a local bar that will happily let you bring your dog along for a few early happy hour brews. Don’t be shy to ask for a little sipper of Guinness to go along with the bowl of water your dog will be having.
7. Rise and shine
Make the effort to wake up super early and take advantage of any off-leash hours in your local municipal parks. (They’re often before 8 or 9 a.m.) Let your beloved mutt run free!
8. Three’s company
Invite one of your non-dog owning friends along for a walk and play session. You never know, they might become so smitten with the idea that you’ll encourage them to adopt their own special pup. At the very least, you may also stumble across someone who’s willing to scoop that poop when you’re otherwise engaged.
9. Serve high tea
Stay classy and treat yourself and your favorite pup to a fancy, high-class afternoon tea date. Get dressed up in your best finery, put a top hat on your hound, and enjoy a civilized and refined afternoon of tea and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
10. Dance, ya know it
Take strides to get in on the canine freestyle dance scene. While the official rules involve a mix of obedience training and dancing spiced up with some tricks, you could also fashion an impromptu dance party by putting on your favorite playlist and dancing like a maniac around the house — although don’t be surprised if your dog just ends up giving you a quizzical but disproving look when it comes to your best moves.