National Dog Day, which falls on Thursday, is unquestionably one of the most significant days of the year.
Dogs have been a continuous beacon of light in a year marked by loss and loneliness, always up for a good hug and never failing to put us in a good mood (if you can get through the never-ending barking while on a Zoom call, that is).
Adoptions of dogs increased dramatically during the epidemic, as more individuals were stranded at home and in need of companionship.
Metro Detroiters like their pets, so it’s only appropriate to honor them on this special day. According to the dog-care website Rover, these are the most popular dog names and breeds in Detroit:
Detroit’s most popular dog breeds
American Pit Bull Terrier
In Detroit, the most common female dog names are
In Detroit, the most popular male dog names are
What to do to commemorate
Your dog is unlikely to have high expectations for the holiday, and they’ll be overjoyed simply to get to spend time with you. Take them to the park after work for 30 minutes of running around, or scratch behind their ears for a few minutes. The small things will mean a lot to them.
If you really want to spoil your dog, take him to a dog park, a relaxing walk, a dog-friendly beach, or a dog-friendly restaurant.
A tribute to dogs
Honoring those who have served is also a part of the National Dog Day celebrations.
Hundreds of America’s four-legged warriors may be seen at the Michigan War Dog Memorial in South Lyon.
The cemetery is accessible to the public and free to visit, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to express your support for dogs.
Adopt a canine companion
Animal Care and Control in Detroit has surpassed capacity and is looking for community members to adopt.
In July, Mark Kumpf, director of Detroit Animal Care, told Channel 4 that “we are not just full, we are beyond full… we may forced to euthanize animals because we’ve run out of space.”
National Dog Day may be the ideal time to visit a shelter and adopt a dog to share your celebrations with.
Here’s a look at Detroit’s most common dog names and breeds in honor of National Dog Day