Every dog owner knows the feeling that you get when your dog is pleased to see you. So take a moment to show your appreciation for your best friend by showering them with love and affection on August 26th, which is National Dog Day. It’s a wonderful excuse to give your furry friend loads of hugs and kisses (if they’re into that) and show them just how much you appreciate having them in your life. Of course, there are plenty of ways to enjoy some four-legged friend time in Novato.
You could start the day off by treating them to a nice groom session at Kathy’s Pet Salon, which is off of Center Road. Kathy has been grooming dogs for over thirty years and offers services such as nail trimming and buffing, a super de-shedding process. If you’re feeling really generous, she even offers a tearless, blueberry facial treatment. Your dog will have all the other pups at the park sniffing more than usual.
After getting primped and pampered, your canine would surely appreciate some yummy snacks. Head on over to Woodlands Pet Food and Treats to pick up some of the healthiest snacks and top-quality accessories and supplies for pets. Remember, healthy snacks make for happy and active dogs. Woodlands carries plenty of locally made treats including Grr8 Dog Treats, which are produced in Petaluma. These treats come in flavors like Apple Oats, Calamari and even Pumpkin Paws. Your dog is sure to enjoy each and every one of them.
If you want to shop local and plan in advance, you can also pick up Wagster Treats at the Downtown Novato farmer’s market in Tuesdays. Made healthily and locally right here in Novato by the bakers at Homeward Bound of Marin, they’re a great way to support Homeward Bound’s job training program by treating your dog to something healthy. Check out their online store.
Chowing down on those high-quality snacks can call for a long slumber. Pet Food Express located in Novato Fair Shopping Center sells comfy pet beds at affordable prices. Make your best friend feel comfortable with a bed made for your car, or with a bed of their own at the foot of your own (that’s one way to try to stop them taking over your bed, though it doesn’t always work).
Not every dog has it easy, which is why National Dog Day helps brings attention to the dogs who need to be adopted and the ones who serve us everyday; whether they are for personal protection, law enforcement, service dogs or companionship. The Marin Humane Society accepts donations that go towards the efforts to provide services, such as vaccinations, a warm bed, food and a chance at a new life. There are plenty of ways to celebrate this day. Take your dog on a walk, give them a bath, buy them some new toys, but most importantly, show them how much you love them.