National Dog Day - August 26
This is the day of the year that we acknowledge our furry four legged friends who greet us as we come home with tail wags and licks to the face. That is not to say other pets such as cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, turtles and other pets aren't special too. This is simply a day that is set aside for dogs. Dogs have worked with and for humans for centuries and they show no sign of slowing down. Just to name a few of the jobs that dogs do for us: bomb detection, drug detection, seeing eye dog, diabetic alert, therapy for nursing homes and people in hospitals, help Post Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers, sniff out mushrooms and search and rescue just to name a few. All they ask in return is a belly rub and maybe some peanut butter, at least that's what my dog wants. These books highlight some amazing dogs from history and a few books on breeds in case you are looking for a four legged companion.
Stubby worked behind enemy lines and earned many commendations for his work. He became a mascot for the troops and is honored in this book.
Judy found herself in a POW camp where she would scavenge food for the prisoners and offer them hope of getting out one day. She might be the only dog considered a POW.
This book highlights the importance of the trust between a person who is blind and their dog. Roselle and her human were in the North Tower when it was struck and it was up to Roselle to get them to safety.
This fascinating book by Norma Fleck Award-winner, Gena K. Gorrell, describes the dogs of history, the evolution of breeds for different purposes, and the training involved in preparing the modern-day heroes who find lost children, nab criminals, and point out contraband – heroes who just happen to be dogs.
A firsthand exploration of the fascinating world of “working dogs”—who seek out missing persons, sniff for explosives in war zones, and locate long-dead remains—through the experiences of a journalist and her canine companion, an incorrigible pup named Solo.
Tells the true stories of Laika, Belka, Strelka, and the other space dogs who were sent on experimental space flight explorations by the Soviet Union between 1951 and 1956.
Readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. Their touching stories are sure to inspire animal lovers everywhere.
If you are at all inspired to get your own dog, I would encourage research with any of the following books, and finding the dog that fits your family.