Happy National Dog Day, Atlanta!

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Jiff The Pomeranian attends the premiere of Awesomeness TV's "Janoskians: Untold and Untrue" at Regency Bruin Theatre on August 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 25: Jiff The Pomeranian attends the premiere of Awesomeness TV’s “Janoskians: Untold and Untrue” at Regency Bruin Theatre on August 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)

Let’s be real, dog lovers — everyday should be a day of recognition for our four-legged friends, right? But sometimes it’s nice to have one special day set aside to give your pup even more love than you already do.

Aug. 26 is National Dog Day, a holiday created to promote the great things dogs do and to promote adoption, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate:

Adopt a dog: Maybe you already have one and are thinking of getting another, or maybe you’ve been contemplating getting your first. Either way, adoptions are free at shelters across the country today, including metro Atlanta. Take a look at some local dogs waiting to be adopted. Not sure what to name your new friend? Check out the most popular dog names in Georgia.

Get outside with your pup: There are plenty of places to take Spot or Fido for some quality time around Atlanta, from dog parks to Braves games. If you’re going the dog park route, make sure to check out our tips for dog park etiquette.

Take your dog to work: If you work at a place that encourages pooches in the office, make sure to bring yours along to help you crunch the numbers or send that important email. Take a look at Atlantans who normally bring their pups to work with them.

Celebrate with a drink: Enjoy a beer or a glass of wine — while your canine pal slurps some water — at these dog-friendly metro Atlanta patios.

Do some dog-lebrity ogling: Check out pups who have found fame and fortune in Hollywood.

Show off your pup on social media: People are sharing photos of their best friends on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NationalDogDay.

 

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