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Celebrate National Dog Day Early at the Pet Fair

National Dog Day is Aug. 26. What will you do to celebrate man's best friend? Start by heading to the Pet Fair Saturday at Rotary Park.

National Dog Day may be on Aug. 26, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the canine calendar date early.

The Humane Animal Welfare Society is sponsoring its annual Pet Fair Saturday. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at in Menomonee Falls. The event features all things for the pet and the pet lover. More than with 50 vendors and information booths will be set up as well as great food, prizes and activities.

So in the meantime, post photos of your favorite canine companion to Patch and we'll pick the top three pictures to run in a gallery on the actual day of the celebration.

Animal advocate Colleen Paige has designated National Dog Day for honoring all those dogs who bring in the paper, and all those dogs who are neglected.

Not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.

Paige, author, pet behaviorist and self proclaimed "pet celebrity lifestyle expert" founded the Animal Miracle Foundation and Network (AMFN), a nonprofit Christian faith based charity, in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Since 2004 Paige says that National Dog Day has rescued 100,000 dogs and has now spread its efforts worldwide.

"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."

Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.

SHARE! Post photos of your pooch to the gallery above to show 'em some love. Also, tell us in the comment section below how you are celebrating National Dog Day.

Carl Engelking August 17, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Thanks for the photo Sara - what's the pooch's name?
Sara August 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
That's our cockapoo, Daisy. Can you, by any chance, erase the first picture since my scanner didn't do its job correctly?

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