11 reasons to celebrate National Puppy Day

Few things in life are more adorable and amazing than puppies. That’s why there’s a special day to celebrate them — National Puppy Day, which is Saturday, March 23. In addition to celebrating all the happiness these magical little creatures can bring to your life, it’s a day to raise awareness about the issues facing homeless puppies in this country. It’s also a good reminder to adopt and not shop when you’re looking to add a playful, snuggly little friend to your family.

Whether you adopt a puppy from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, from a Best Friends Network partner, or from a shelter or rescue organization near you, you can feel good about saving a life. Of course, there are lots of other perks to having a puppy in your life and plenty of reasons to celebrate National Puppy Day. Here are just a few, brought to you by some recent graduates of Dogtown’s puppy preschool.

Tobaso on the shoulder of Dogtown manager Julie Tasch
Puppies can add a little (or a lot) of spice to your life. Tobasco hugs Dogtown manager Julie Tasch, proving that he’s just as sweet as he is spicy.

Cholula the white with brown speckles puppy looking sheepishly at the camera
They’ll melt your heart with those puppy dog eyes. Cholula, Tobasco’s brother, has already perfected the sad-puppy-dog-eyes look. He’s got some pretty adorable speckles going for him, too.

Puppies, Fly, Swim and Hike, all lined up in a row together
Puppies help you stay active. Fly, Swim and Hike all survived distemper after receiving intensive, round-the-clock care at the Sanctuary. Now, these happy, healthy and active pups have launched out into the world, where a lifetime of adventures await.

Six black and white puppies from the Tumbleleaf litter all vying for attention
They’ll make you stand out in a crowd. Most people can’t pass by an adorable puppy without some oohs, aahs or squeals of delight. If you’ve got a puppy in tow, be prepared to be noticed.

Brittany and Alvin the puppies digging in the sand
Puppies know that sometimes you have to do a little digging around to find what you want in life, and they won’t judge you if you get a little bit of dirt on your face.

Taco the puppy with a cleft palate with young girl behind him
They are the epitome of all things soft, precious and sweet. Taco, a puppy with a cleft palate, was brought to Best Friends when he was just one day old. Since then he’s been growing and thriving in a loving foster home.

Puppy lying on his side in the grass next to two volunteers
Puppies can bring people together. Whether you’re sitting on the couch or lying in the grass in the park, petting a puppy is a great thing to do together.

Amaze the brown and white puppy fast asleep
They demonstrate perfectly the importance of taking a break to catch a few z’s and recharge those batteries.

Malbec the puppy with his paw up on a toy fire hydrant

Swiper the puppy chewing on a toy fire hydrant
Puppies can help you find the closest fire hydrant, in case you need to put out any fires.

Group of people playing with puppies
They have the softest, roundest, most amazing little bellies (and puppy breath is pretty sweet, too).

Explorer the puppy in the lap of a woman intern wearing a protective gown
But the best thing of all is that puppies always know how to make you feel like the most important and loved person in the world.

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Photos by Kyleigh Tyler, Molly Wald, Sarah Ause Kichas and Kurt Budde