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National Dog Day: Forget not our "Furry Friends"

One shouldn't neglect to remember and value our lovable furry four legged companions. So we want to take a moment to recognize August 26th as National Dog Day! Yeah, yeah, we know we're a few days late, but c'mon, shouldn't every day be National Dog Day?

Check out local dog park , Central Bark Park. A great place to take your furry four legged friends.

Central Bark Park, 920 SE Juniper Ave, Dallas Oregon.

Our dog park, Central Bark, is a perfect spot to let your canine companion run free with out a leash! Central Bark is located in southeast Dallas, Oregon, just off Miller Avenue. It is the only off-leash park just for dogs. It is an enclosed park equipped with a picnic table, water, and pet waste clean-up stations. There is a large dog section and a small dog section for dogs under 25 pounds.


To get to Central Bark from Southeast Miller Avenue, turn north onto Southeast Alderson Drive, and then east onto Southeast Juniper Avenue. Central Bark is located at the end of Juniper Avenue.

National Dog Day is against any kind of breed ban. "Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man", says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. While we feel that American's have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first. you'd like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue in your city, to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at large chain pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues. When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you're buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references such as from a veterinarian. It's vital to educate yourself about the breed you're considering parenting.

"Millions of dogs are killed each year because they're simply unwanted, says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They're unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They're unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn't keep their promises about caring for the dog...unwanted because they shed too much...unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED...simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered "unwanted love", into your heart and home on National Dog Day!"

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, with the anticipation of the day culminating into an explosion of network news stories, national TV show segments, online videos, shelter events, internet photos and K9 parties planned around the globe!  Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter or rescue on August 26th.

Are you thinking of adding a furry friend to your life? Make sure to check out Willamette Humane Society to see if your furrrrrever friend is waiting for you there.

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