MANKATO, Minnesota – August 26th is National Dog Day. A day to show love for our four-footed friends.

Although not an official holiday, National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige (Also the founder of National Mutt Day, National Puppy Day, National Cat Day, and more). Paige is a Pet & Family Expert and Animal Advocate.

The goal of National Dog Day is to make the public aware of the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and to recognize everything dogs do for us.

According to, “Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.”

So help us show love for the dogs that do so much for us! Share your pictures with us on Twitter and Instagram using #KEYCDogDay or share them on our Facebook wall. You can also email them to

We'll add them to our slideshow throughout the day.

Don’t forget to include their names and where you are from!

KEYC News 12