National Dog Day is Aug. 26 every year

initially created in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle advocate Colleen Paige,

That dogs are a man's best friend is an adage that has proved itself to be true for centuries. 

 who chose that day specifically because it is when her family brought their dog home when she was 10 years old. 

The holiday's mission is to celebrate dogs,

raise awareness about the number of dogs in shelters, and encourage adoption. 

National Dog Day has expanded since 2004 and is now observed on a global scale.