August 26th is National Dog Day

Happy Dog Day to all my Friends!
and all the ones I haven’t met yet too!

Guest blogger: TinkerToy

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

My turn to blog again – yippee!

Tink here – and no jokes about yippy little dogs, okay?

I am trying to convince Mom to let me guest blog on more regular days – so help me out here and tell her you always love my posts (even if you actually like all that boring stuff she blogs about, okay?)

I mean what could be BETTER for mental health than cuddling up with an adorable dog who loves you bunches?  What could be more fun than a game of frisbee or fetch?  You have to admit that a walk in nature is a lot better when you take us along, right? WE find things you don’t even notice.

Did you know we’re co-evolved?

Mom says that those science guys she writes about say that since we’ve been domesticated for thousands of years, we’ve evolved to be part of your pack.  (Actually, you’ve evolved to be part of ours, but why kibble quibble over details.)

We really do feel your emotions, and we do our very best to make you feel really great.

Check THIS out:
Your dog really can read your emotions
Study: Dogs recognize dog and human emotions

Our VERY best — every single day

We try really hard to understand what we do that makes you happy and what you don’t like us to do, even when you’re mean to us when you haven’t communicated clearly and consistently enough for us to get it right.

Don’t get me wrong. Mom’s never mean to me, and she’s a pretty good communicator (for us 4-legses and everybody else) – but there are some 2-legses who need a bit of boundary training about how they treat their furry friends, and today is a great day to remind them to get some.

It’s best for us when you don’t ever use your mean voice – and hitting or shaming us is never necessary. We don’t ask for much in return (except maybe for a chance to guest blog a bit more often, Mom).

And, of course, we hope you’ll make sure that we know that you love us too by the patient way you treat us, and because you do things for us that we can’t do without you (like giving us fresh water every day, a comfortable place to get warm and stay cool, feeding us the right amount of healthy food — including lots of healthy TREATS — and giving us toys to play with while you’re busy!!)

We do our best barking to protect you, but today is a very good day to remind you that sometimes we need you to protect us too.

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ONE day to remind us all that every day needs to be Dog Day

Today is not one of those regular days, and I’m really glad that Mom turned the blog over to me to tell everybody all about it.  Who better, right?  Far from regular, today is probably THE most important Day of the entire year (except for maybe National Dog Biscuit Day).

There’s even a whole website devoted to just this day —

This is what they have to say about it:

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

Here Are 10 Hero Dogs to Celebrate on National Dog Day

Dogs are GREAT protection for children, too — and can even teach them things – and I can prove it.

ADORABLE video from Sally Cronin (my honorary aunt) –
dogs teaching babies to crawl – and more!

NOT to leave out kitties and such

Before I tell you some great ways to celebrate National Dog Day this year I want you to know that, in case you have a cat or something, on the Dogtipper website there is a yearly list of important days for all your fur and feather friends: Pet Holidays.

I keep bugging her about it, but Mom still doesn’t list the most important days on her monthly Mental Health Awareness calendars.  So save that Pet Holidays link up there if you want to make sure you celebrate them (or blog about them).

And if you have some fur-babies waiting for you on Rainbow Bridge (with my cousins), in two more days (August 28th) it’s Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day.

In case you’ve never heard about Rainbow Bridge, click under the picture right over there to read all about it.

It’s really cool — but make sure you have some Kleenex™ handy if you’re one of those 2-legses who cries at practically everything (Mom says it’s very touching).

On with the fun!

8 Ways to celebrate today . . .

  1. Play a little longer – I hardly ever get enough Frisbee time, so this would be a really great way to celebrate with me(hint-hint, Mom!)

  2. Take us on an extra walk – and make every walk today just a little bit longer, so we have plenty of time to stop and sniff.
  3. Brush out our tangles – and take extra time to go all the way in.  Matted and tangled fur pulls at our tender skin and makes us itch.  Cut through the stubborn mats, then carefully and gently brush them out.
  4. Wash all our bedding so that we get to sleep or nap where it’s all clean and fluffy.
  5. Let us out of jail.  Take a personal day at your work and stay home, so we don’t have to spend any time in a crate today. Or take us to Doggy Day Care – or hire a dog sitter until you get home from work.

  6. Fix us our favorite food – no health food chunks for me today, Mom.  I want boiled chicken and veggies.
  7. Bring on the treats!  Play some doggie games and reward us every time we win (which of course we will). Teach us a new trick — and reward each step with more treats (or fork over the treats just for being our adorable selves).
  8. Throw us a party! Invite a few of your 2-legged friends to bring their 4-legses and take us all to the park.  Don’t forget the picnic – and plenty of balls, frisbees and water.  (Did I mention that we love treats?)

And Speaking of Parties . . .

Mom’s blogger-author-publisher friend (and now MY honorary aunt) Sally Cronin is throwing a big drop-by-when-you-can end-of-summer bash ALL weekend, starting today (over at her Smorgasbord Invitation blog). Mom and I are going to be popping in and out to celebrate Dog Day over there – my first big party.  JOIN US!

You don’t want to miss the event of the season, do you? There’ll be lots of 2-legged blogger/writer types you’ll probably want to meet and greet, but I’m counting on my fur-friends to add a little balance to the party (and drag your 2-legses with you).  Oh, and Mom’s other friends are invited too, of course.

Mom’s gonna’ be dressed to the virtual nines, and I’m all clean and fluffy already – but you can even come in your virtual jammies if you want to. Sally’s fixing the virtual snacks NOW, so get there before everything starts getting virtually sparse!  Practice your moves – there’s gonna’ be music (and snacks!)

5 ways to celebrate if you don’t have a dog

  1. Thinking about getting a new best friend?  Spend some time today checking out what’s available in your local shelter or, if you really want a certain kind, research breed-rescue organizations on your computer and get your name on their lists.
  2. Love all dogs but can’t have any right now?  Give a donation to your local shelter.  Even $5 helps. Go to the pound and play with the ones who are waiting for their forever homes. Every fun day makes them all the more likely to be adopted. If you can afford it, buy some toys to leave behind.
  3. Donate your old towels and pillows to your vet or to a shelter in the name of a former pet – even one when you were a little 2-legs.  Make sure you run them through the washing machine first.
  4. Write your law-maker 2-legses and tell them you want stronger laws against puppy mills and dog fight rings and doggie gas chambers.
  5. Call all your friends who live with us and remind them to celebrate today – and to do something WONDERFUL with their puppies.

Click here to donate to the Animal Welfare League

Have the very best Dog Day EVER!


Let me know how you plan to celebrate today – or how you did.

And be sure to leave me a link if you have written your own National Dog Day post and I’ll move it up into my Relateds.

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

130 Responses to August 26th is National Dog Day

  1. Pingback: Habit Formation BASICS | ADD . . . and-so-much-more

  2. So great to visit with you here Tink.Dogs are amazingly special beings who do understand us humans without having to say a word. Thanks for being here for your friend and for all of us. I hope every day is DOG day for you. ❤️

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  3. Hi Tink. Thank you and your mom for a lively post. My dog and pussycat friends are waiting for me across that Rainbow Bridge. I hope you both enjoyed Sally’s great party. 🌼🌼🌼

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  4. I don’t have a dog anymore but do have a cat. I’ve written a true story about 2 of my rescue cats. The Permalink for part 1 is:
    Trigger & Daisy Mae and the Permalink for part 2 is: Daisy Mae’s Kittyhood- Part 2
    Hope you enjoy the story. Nice party Sally.


    • NO, honey – you are still on and left your links on TINK’s post – you are NOT at Sally’s party, so none of her other guests will ever see your links.

      You have to scroll TO the links, mouse over them and CLICK to get to Sally’s Party. Tink left you a link to MY post with all 3 links – did you see it? Did you click it?

      I know I must sound like a nag, but you REALLY DO need to take the free WordPress blogging course. It is clear that you are missing some absolute basics that will keep your blogging dreams forever out of reach until you learn them.

      I’m sure there are books, too – search on Amazon to see if you can find one. It has GOT to be frustrating for you, and it really doesn’t have to be.


  5. Tinker Toy thank you for your guest blog and yes I would like to see guest blog more. Happy dog day to you.

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  6. Not into pity-Likes so even though I’m a crazy cat lady minus a cat right now you are still very very cute. Like! Cheers,H

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  7. Happy Dog Day, dear Tink! Celebrate and have lots of fun! We love you!
    Meows and Purrs from your friends
    Barmalei, Beba, and baby Pyshka.
    P.S. And the main cat of the house – Dolly

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  8. bethbyrnes says:

    We can never be too kind to our companion animals, especially to make up for our ignorance and that of others who should have them. It is one of my biggest lifelong causes. And until we stop eating animals, we cannot call ourselves animal lovers.


  9. Tink looks like a baby pic of Chewbacca 🙂

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    • Lots of people say that – or that I look like Gizmo. Mom is pretty sure that those movie guys have Shih Tzus at home.

      Thanks for dropping by, Ernesto. Make SURE you make it to Aunt Sal’s party and bring a link. There are a ton of folks there already – and she posted pictures of a bunch of my blogging pals – and ME (hehehe).
      Woof! TINK


  10. Great post, Madelyn. Our dogs have fun days every day, but today is special – they’re getting baths. 🙂

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    • Happy Dog Day, Diana. I’m sure your guys will feel great when it’s all over (especially if they get some treats after!)

      We’ll see you all later at Aunt Sally’s party. Mom’s a-l-m-o-s-t ready to go (she’s ADD you know, so everything takes her forever). I dropped by earlier all by myself because I got tired of waiting – but we’re both going to drop in later.

      Thanks for reading my latest Guest Post.
      Woof! TINK

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  11. -Eugenia says:

    Happy Dog Day, Tink, and the same to all of our canine friends. Our four-legged furry friends are awesome!

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  12. noelleg44 says:

    Nice to meet you, Tink. You are one cutie of a dog! We lost our last one, Angel, about a month ago – Hubs says no more (at our age) so I am living vicariously with NuNu, a black Lab adopted by some friends of ours. He is the most laid back fellow…

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    • Nice to meet you too, Noelle. I’m sorry you are sad about Angel. Mom has a bunch of angel dogs on her Christmas tree. She says she still misses them all and that I’d better live as long as she does! I’m glad you have NuNu to play with.

      Did you go read the Rainbow Bridge poem? It’s a nice reminder that Angel is not really gone and you will see her again. That’s where my cousins are waiting for us.

      See you soon at Sally’s party!
      Woof! TINK


  13. dgkaye says:

    Okay, just too cute! Thank you Tink, for sharing all these wonderful tips on your special day. It’s sounds like your Mom has everything planned to give you a wonderful day. And I look forward to meeting you at Sally’s party. ❤ Furry hugs! xoxo

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  14. colinandray says:

    Hey Tink! Have doggone excellent dog day eh! This is one day (at least) when humans should go to the dogs…. and spoil them! Carpe Dogem (Make the most of your dog). WOOF! Ray.

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  15. foodzesty says:

    Celebrating doggie day with my doggie Charlie he is one years old 🙂

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  16. Thank you, Madelyn, for the ping back.

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  17. Osyth says:

    My little dog The Bean occasionally hijacks my blog and she has asked me (because she says her paws are a little hot and bothered today) to type a reply. She agrees with everything you say (including the bit about banning jokes about yippy yappy dogs – she only barks when she has something useful to say which, some days is a lot because she is very smart). She also wants to wish all their canine chums and pals a happy dog day and she has asked me to share your blog post on her facebook page. Which I will try to do 🙂

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  18. Bernadette says:

    Reblogged this on Haddon Musings and commented:
    A fun post about woman’s best friend.

    Liked by 1 person

    • WOW, Bernadette – thanks so much for reblogging one of MY posts (see Mom – you need to let me at the computer more often!) I know you are one of Mom’s feminist buddies, so I’m glad you said WOMAN’s best friend (even tho’ I’m a boy, I’m still a feminist — all the best people and dogs ARE!)
      Woof! TINK


  19. Bernadette says:

    There is no one on earth who as happy to see me as my dog. Celebrating 4 leg live🤗

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  20. Tony Burgess says:

    Dogs are paw-some! Without them life would be indeed boring.

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  21. lwbut says:

    Great and needed post Tink! 🙂

    Happy Dog Day!


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  22. Thank you, Tink, for your great post. I think your Mom should let you post a bit more. Great advice for two-legs with four-legs and thank you for remembering cats. My cats Pushy and Smudgy with certainly benefit from your advice when I get home.

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Robbie – especially since your Pushy and Smudgy are cats. I love their names – nothin’ dumb like TinkerToy. ::sheesh:: They can celebrate Dog Day anyway – any excuse for a party and some treats, right?

      Speaking of parties, I dropped over to Aunt Sally’s a bit ago (tired of waiting for Mom to get it together) and your treats are amazing, as always. We’re going back, so maybe we’ll see you there.

      Mom says don’t forget to congratulate you on your award-winning article. Way to GO!
      Woof! TINK

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  23. Thanks Madelyn great post… I have just bought a small armchair for beside my desk so that we find our nex fur baby it will have somewhere to lie and advice me from.. See you at the party… hugs xx♥

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    • Mom is getting ready for bed, but I’m too excited to sleep. It’s DOG DAY – and we’re coming to your party!!!! I can hardly wait. This will be my very first one.

      I have a chair next to Mom’s desk too – with my little donut bed on it to keep me from falling if I nod off. She couldn’t blog without me. I hope you find your own fur baby really soon.
      Woof! TINK


  24. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I am up early this morning getting ready for the End of Summer Party and one of the guests is already dressed to the nines. Madelyn and Tink are celebrating National Dog Day with some very helpful pet health tips for the dog who is the boss now and the ones to come..#recommended

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  25. I think all dogs are service dogs per se… amazing what they can do for us…
    Happy Dog Day to all canine friends of slice earth :o)

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    • Except for US, Phenny. We’re the entertainment, right? Happy Dog Day to you – I hope I’ll see you and your 2-legses at Sally’s party. Bring a link and get ready to meet a bunch of really cool writers. I don’t know how many dogs are coming – but I’m trying to get enough to make things more even (and more fun – shhhhhh)
      Woof! TINK


  26. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  27. Sue Vincent says:

    Hey Tink! I’m having visitors for Dog Day… so she’s running round like aheadless chicken. Mind you, the only ones ofthose I’ve ever seen areroast and on a place and don’t seem to run much…unless there’s a dog on the end of one…. ) xx

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    • Hey Ani! How ya’ been? It’s GREAT to see you and thanks for coming. Happy Dog Day.

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Mom run at all – ever. She dances sometimes, but usually walks, and not all that fast (when she ever gets up from the darned computer, that is).

      I had a surprise guest yesterday (Mom’s friend Jason brought Xander for me) – so she didn’t even clean or anything. She did put some coffee in the nuker – after the wine part.

      But that chicken without its head sounds really scary. I’d hide if I were you.
      Woof! TINK


  28. Woofie Woof Woof Tink. Amen to this. Its bout time to hear your bark again especially about such an important topic. I agree with the 8 plus the 5. You are right about a lot and one of the is your people Mom is really sharp and intelligent.

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