Sunday is National Dog Day

National Dog Day, celebrated annually on August 26, aims to honor dogs and to rescue them from homelessness and abuse. Take the time to give the dogs in your life a hug or pat on the head for giving their loyalty, love, and companionship. Working dogs aid people with handicaps and work with law enforcement to help with search and rescue, or even to sniff out bombs or drugs.

Because dogs sometimes need us to save them, the National Dog Day foundation's goal is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. To find out more about how you can help, visit www.nationaldogday.com.

And remember, when it's 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car - even with the windows cracked - can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in just half an hour. We've been having 95+ degree weather lately, so you do the math. Don't leave your dog in the car. According to MyDogIsCool.com, if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call the local animal control agency, police, or 911 right away. If possible, you can also try to find the dog's owner.

Signs an animal is in distress include:
•Excessive panting
•Excessive drooling
•Increased heart rate
•Trouble breathing
•Disorientation
•Collapse or loss of consciousness
•Seizure
•Respiratory arrest