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It's a Dog Day

11 Aug 2021

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Last month we celebrated Cat Day and this month it’s the turn of our slobbery pooch buddies to get their day in the sun! So This 26th Auguts give your dog a cuddle and marvel at their canine contribution to society and being human-kind’s best friend!

Buddy, the first seeing eye dog, came to the U.S. in 1928. He had been trained in Switzerland by Dorothy Harrison Eustis for Morris Frank, a young blind man. Buddy demonstrated his skills in front of a crowd of news reporters by safely guiding Frank across busy Manhattan intersections.

Greyfriars Bobby
In his early years, Bobby accompanied his owner on his rounds as a night watchman on the Edinburgh police force. At a glance the little Skye Terrier may not have looked like much of a watchdog, but what he lacked in size he made up for in loyalty. After his owner's death, Bobby kept watch at his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard for 14 years; he was fed and cared for by local people till the end of his days.

In 1957 with the Soviet launch of Sputnik 2, Laika, a mixed breed stray from the streets of Moscow, became the first animal to orbit the Earth. A monument in her honour was built near the military research facility in Moscow that prepared Laika's flight to space. It portrayed a dog standing on top of a rocket. She also appears on the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow.

Appollo and his partner Peter Davis were members of the New York City Police Department responsible for saving many lives on the dreadful September 11th. The German shepherd was just one of over 350 search and rescue dogs that day on the Twin Towers site.

In 1923, Bobbie was traveling with his family from Silverton, Oregon to Indiana. At some point he got separated from his owners and got lost. The family searched high and low for their two-year-old dog, but ultimately returned home after failing to find him. But six months later, in February 1924, Bobbie suddenly appeared on their doorstep. He was dirty, skinny, and weak. His feet were worn to the bone because Bobbie walked over 4000 kilometers across the US.

So this Dog Day, why not spoil your most loyal friend and companion!

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