Celebrate National Dog Day 2014

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National Dog Day is Tuesday, Aug. 26, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate with your furry friend.

The website NationalDogDay.com offers 20 ways to celebrate, including donating blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations, or assisting an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

If you want to share pics of your pup, tweet them @NationalDogDay and @WNEW using the #NationalDogDay hashtag.

There are also ways to celebrate the day dedicated to dogs in the District of Columbia.

The Loews Madison Hotel — located at 1177 15th Street NW — is hosting a Yappy Hour on Tuesday evening.

The dog-friendly happy hour will feature “dogtail” drinks and appetizers for you, and chef-inspired treats and a “hydrant bar” for your dog. A portion of proceeds will benefit local charity City Dogs Rescue.

The annual dog appreciation day “serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort,” says Colleen Paige, who founded the first National Dog Day in 2004.

“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.”

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