Sunday is National Dog Day—the day animal advocate Colleen Paige has designated for honoring all those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.
To mark the day, consider adopting a rescued pet. In Palos Verdes, Fetching Companions specializes in rescued labrador retrievers, but offers other breeds for adoption as well.
When we checked out the site recently, the rescue group offered an English Pointer as well as labs of all types.
Already got a dog? Then take your best friend out for a walk. Rancho Palos Verdes Beach served as the South Bay's unofficial dog beach. The City Council considered a pilot project there, but backed away after a surge of off-leash pets on the beach. Pet lovers still to walk their dogs but are subject to citations. (Rolling Hills Estates may again join Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates to at the former Palos Verdes Landfill.)
National Dog Day shouldn't be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.
Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.
"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart," Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast. ... Short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination—we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."
Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.
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Editor's note: A previous version of this story contained wrong information about the status of Rancho Palos Verdes Beach and its use as an unofficial dog beach.