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Why dogs and their owners celebrated each other on Friday

Furry friends and their human companions came out in droves around the world.


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dogs israel national dog daydogs israel national dog dayPhoto: Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP/Getty Images
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In the photos gathered here on this page, dogs and their owners gather together at the Bnei Dan Dog Park in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel. They, like canines and their friends around the world, were celebrating each other.

Self-described animal expert Colleen Paige created National Dog Day in 2004 in the United States to encourage people to adopt rescue dogs. Since then, it's spread beyond and has become an international celebration every Aug. 26, filled with parties, events and fundraisers.

tiny dogsSomething about these two reminds us of the Olsen twins. (Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

It's a particularly big day for Tel Aviv, a city with a high percentage of dogs per person. Seriously, you can go to a pet movie screening there. The citywide event featured informational stalls on caring for dogs, lectures about animal emotions, tech products for dogs, training sessions and information about health and nutrition.

national dog dayAmong other things, National Dog Day brings attention to the many dogs in shelters that need to be adopted. (Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

"For dogs adopted on August 26th, National Dog Day becomes many a dog’s birthday and for all dogs, it's as popular and exciting as the Super Bowl," reads National Dog Day's website.

At first, we were skeptical of the idea that a dog would understand what holidays were, much less be familiar with the modern calendar. But upon reflection, we realized dogs really would have an exciting time on dog days, especially if it meant their owners brought them to parks filled with other dogs. After all, if the rise of dog dating apps is any indication, dogs like getting to know each other.

dog eventThe Tel Aviv celebration had a dog spa and dog sushi. (Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images)

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