10 Mind-Blowing National Dog Day Facts

Dogs really are amazing creatures! No other species can boast so many different interactions with people. Because we love them to the moon and back, we’ve dedicated an entire day to celebrate them.

August 26th is National Dog Day!

From cute YouTube videos that engage us for hours to breathtaking stories of saving humans, our furry friends can always keep us entertained. Coleen Paige loved dogs so much that in 2004, she created a national day to celebrate their achievements and appreciate our best friends. In honor of all the fur kids, here are 10 brilliant accomplishments. (Click on each link to learn more!)

1.  Space Dog! The first creature to go into space was a dog named Laika. She proved that space travel was possible for humans. Another reason to love #SpaceCoastPets!

2.  Go Home! The farthest recorded distance of a dog finding its way home was by Jimpa, a lab/boxer mix who walked 2000 miles across a waterless desert in Australia to get home.

3.  Not just a pretty face! In the 1970s, John Suter successfully crossed 1,100 miles of blizzard and snow in the epic race called the Iditarod using, not the typical husky, but standard poodles.

4.  Doggie Detectives! We know dogs can detect illegal drugs with their incredible noses, but did you know that detection dogs are now being trained to help fight cybercrime? One famous case was solved when a black lab named Bear found a flash drive with child pornography on it. WOW!

5.  To Spay or Not to Spay! Spaying or neutering your dog is a wonderful way to prevent unwanted puppies. Did you also know that if you spay or neuter your dog, one study showed that they could live up to 16% longer?

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Looks like this Chinese Crested is ready to paw-ty for National Dog Day!


6.  How many dogs?! As of 2017, the top three countries with the most dogs are the United States (75.8million), Brazil (35.7 million), and China (27.4 million). Amazingly the US has more dogs than Brazil and China combined.

7.  Octo-mom times three! The largest litter of puppies ever born had 24 puppies in it! The momma was a Neapolitan Mastiff named Tia. Great job, Mama!

8.  Pool Party! With the summer sun shining, dogs love to swim and play at the beach just like we do. Florida boasts many dog-friendly beaches, including Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde. It was named one of the best dog parks in the south. Please, remember to practice safe water play and see here for tips on preventing pet drowning.

9.  The prince has arrived! The wealthiest dog in the world is a German Shepherd named Gunther IV, and he inherited nearly $400 million! His caretakers take special care to invest his assets wisely while their special charge is pampered hand and paw.

10.  Respect your elders! The longest-lived dog was named Bluey. He was an Australian cattle dog, and he lived to be 29 years and 5 days old. Amazing!

Whether you’re cooking out at the beach or saving the world with your best friend, we here at Space Coast Pet Services want to celebrate them all and wish you a Happy National Dog Day! Please, consider giving a shelter pet a ‘furever’ home this year! See here for a list of local shelters and rescues. Tell us, how will YOU celebrate National Dog Day?


Melanie Haynes



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