Arguably the most important holiday of the year is quickly approaching: National Dog Day. August 26 is the day to celebrate your four-legged friends — although, of course, it's an unspoken rule to love and cherish dogs all 365 days of the year (and, of course, retweet funny tweets about dogs, because dogs). The end-of-summer festivity was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, pet and family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, who also founded National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, and National Cat Day. I like her already. According to the National Dog Day website, the holiday was originally created to raise awareness on animal welfare and encourage people to adopt pets. "Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort," they explain.
National Dog Day's site also offers several great ideas on how to spend the day with your pup or help dogs in general: donating blankets, food, or toys to animal welfare organizations, assisting an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, have a gorgeous portrait painted of your pup to "suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom," buy your pal a fashionable new collar, teach them a new trick, or even take them for an impromptu photoshoot. We all love our dogs year-round, but why not spoil them a little extra this August? They 100 percent deserve it, and all you dog-lovers 100 percent deserve these adorable pup tweets to get you in the holiday spirit.