National Dog Day: A day to give thanks

National Dog Day is August 26. Enjoy some cute and fun dog photos to celebrate.
By Jennifer Hayes

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We can’t help but love man’s (and woman’s) best friend. And that love is a two-way street. While we show that love every day in many ways, it’s not quite as easy for our canine companions. So for National Dog Day, the pups at Best Friends, including a shepherd, basset hound, Chihuahua, dachshund, greyhound, shar-pei, pit bull terriers and even puppies share their thanks though some adorable images.

Dog staring up at the blue sky on National Dog Day
I’m thankful for fresh air, full of marvelous smells.


Puppies playing
I’m thankful for friends to roughhouse with.


Basset hound sitting in a kiddie pool
I’m thankful for a personal pool to cool off in.


Dog getting a bath
I’m thankful someone cares about me, even if that means taking a bath.


Chihuahua being rescued from a puppy mill
I’m thankful for being rescued from a puppy mill.


Dog running off leash in a dog park
I’m thankful for going on a hike — off leash.


Dog sitting on a bed with a woman
I’m thankful for getting to go on a sleepover.
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Dachshund on a car ride sticking her head out the window
I’m thankful for car rides, especially with the window cracked open
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Greyhound lying down on a bed
I’m thankful that I don’t need to race any more.


Pomeranian dog on huge pile of dog food
I’m thankful for a full belly.


Dog running in a creek
I’m thankful for getting to play in the creek.


White dog holding a ball in her mouth
I’m thankful for my toy ball.
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Pit bull dog playing with a giant ball
I’m thankful for having the biggest ball!


Shar pei mamma dog with her puppies
I’m thankful I won’t have any more litters of puppies because I’ve been spayed.


Chihuahua snuggling in a blanket
I’m thankful for warm blankets.


Dog resting on a comfortable bed
I’m thankful for a soft bed to sleep on.


Small black dog getting a belly rub
I’m thankful for belly rubs.


Dog being fed a dog treat
I’m thankful for yummy treats.


Dog running in a field at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
I’m thankful for wide open spaces for running.


Dog getting adopted
I’m thankful for being adopted.


Photos by Best Friends staff

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