Every dog deserves his day, and Sunday August 26 is officially National Dog Day. What, says your canine, there's only ONE day? Well, at the moment, only one that's recognized (and cats will very likely lobby Congress for a feline version.). Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs, with a day to show appreciation for their connection to each other, their endearing patience, loyalty, capacity for love, and their dogged ability to impact our lives daily in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day encourages ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy and safe life. To learn more, visit www.nationaldogday.com, and check out these images of shelter dogs awaiting homes as well as beloved family members, all reminding you with wagging tails and canine smiles, to celebrate their big day.