12 pups to make your National Dog Day

Paige the dog running in a creek with two people
Celebrate National Dog Day with photos sure to make you smile.
By Sarah Thornton

Dogs are humanity’s best friends – they’ve been with us through thick and thin, helping us survive and thrive. They’ve been taught lifesaving skills and entrusted with important jobs. And they’re pretty dang cute, to boot. With their big, soulful eyes and sweet wagging tails, who can resist a good puppy-dog face? To be greeted by an excited dog at the end of a long day is one of the best things in life, reminding us that there are always slobbery kisses and warm cuddles to look forward to. They are the poster children (poster puppies?) for unconditional love.  

To put it plainly: our canine companions mean a whole lot to us. So of course, when there’s a chance to celebrate them, we’ll happily take it. August 26th is National Dog Day, and this year, we’re celebrating with a dozen Sanctuary dogs doing what they do best: making us smile.

Photo by Molly Wald

Speaking of puppy-dog face, Paige has pretty much perfected hers, with a little help from her friend.

Photo by Molly Wald

Legion, on the other hand, is trying out something new with his. Don’t worry, though – behind that cool exterior beats the heart of a giant goofball.

Photo by Molly Wald

Of course, if you really want to bring out the goofy side in a bunch of dogs, toys tend to do the trick. Charm was certainly excited for Christmas in July.

And so were her friends and neighbors:

Photo by Molly Wald

Ball pits work, too. Dingo loves a good plunge into the deep end of the ball pit. Well, deep for him, at least. He’s just a little guy.

Photo by Molly Wald

Meanwhile, Moogan is very (very, very) happy with just one, extra-large ball.

Photo by Molly Wald

When it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, no one is a better adventure buddy than a dog. Pharaoh sure enjoys flying through the sand dunes, wind in his ears. (Okay, there may have been a toy involved in this one, too.)

Photo by Molly Wald

What would a good hike be without stopping to take in the scenery – and get pictures to commemorate the trip? Caravel’s already saying “cheese.”

Photo by Molly Wald

After a fun adventure, Calais takes time to stop and smell the flowers… and catch a little power nap before heading back to base.

Photo by Molly Wald

One of these dogs is not like the other… At least, we’re pretty sure Taquito’s not a plush toy, though he may be cute enough for it.

Photo by Molly Wald

But how did a little piggy get in here? Sure, she’s adorable but – oh wait, that’s just Blue, taking a muddy cue from the potbellies down the canyon.

Photo by Molly Wald

If you want a slightly less muddy pool buddy, Archo’s your guy. In fact, good luck talking him out of the pool. If he had it his way, he’d be in there all day.

Photo by Molly Wald

When it all comes down to it, no matter what you’re doing, it’s always better with your best friend. Just ask Myrtle (and then be prepared for a doggy hug).

So, did it work? Have these lovable pups left a smile on your face? If so, they’re always looking for new friends… or maybe even a new family. And with them around, every day is one to celebrate.

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