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We have curated some fun additions for your residents to appreciate the ocean in all of her glory!
There are SO many dog-related special days in August, that we just had to make an Activity Page dedicated to our love of dogs!!
- August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
- August 4: Assistance Dog Day
- August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day
- August 23: International Blind Dog Day
- August 26: National Dog Day & World Dog Day
- August 28: Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
Of course, you can use this page for ANY time of year, since our loveable canine friends are worth celebrating year-round!
Some of the easiest and most fun ways to decorate for a Doggone Good party would be to include anything
Dalmation spots, wolves, or any dog character is a great starting place. Pawprints, spots, accouterments for dogs – all will work! You can find almost anything with a Dalmation print or pawprints! It will also keep your color theme to black and white with one bright accent color – this makes for fun photos!
Many shelters are always looking for toys or treats for dogs – Here are some crafty options!
- Your residents can make these braided t-shirt chew toys to donate to a local shelter!
- Your sewing residents can make these cute small dog coats to also donate to needy dogs!
- Another cute craft – DIY Dog Bandanas for Under $3 Each!
- Dogs at the shelter often get photographed for websites, and they look so much cuter with these No-Sew Bow Ties
- And EVERY dog can use some easy dog treats! We have several recipes!
Do your residents love crafts they can keep? Here are some crafts for people instead!
- Pottery Barn Inspired Dog Bookends
- DO you have any dog-loving wine enthusiasts? We have you covered with these DIY: Canine Wine Toppers
- Make a Pipe Cleaner Dog
If you give this party theme a try, here are some cute puppy dog themed party food ideas we considered – Hint: Serve snacks and dips into clean, new dog bowls for a fun party twist!:
- Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs– Take this simple staple up a notch by having a make-your-own Hot Dog Bar. Include lots of fixings, condiments, and toppings so party guests can make their own delicious creations. Veggie and gluten-free options are also available!
- Scooby Snacks can be purchased online
- Puppy Chow – Here’s a great recipe to try!
- Breadstick Bones – These are so clever!
- Bone Sugar Cookies or Rice Krispie Treats – cookie cutters are easy to find online
- Paw-Shaped Jell-O or Chocolates – Using this cute mold!
- Candy “Bark” – chocolate bark with pistachios and dried craisins is a great recipe!
- Fetching Sticks – Pretzel rods with a cute label!
- “Paw-p-corn” – All this needs is a fun label!
Conversation Starters for your 1-on-1s
- Have you had a family dog or a dog of your own? What was their personality like? What was your favorite thing about them?
- Tell me about your favorite book or movie based on a dog character
- What important moment in your life included a dog or pet?
20 Best Dog Reads
The American Kennel Club has this extensive list to choose from!
Ted Talks and YouTube Video Recommendations:
- Here is our playlist of cute dog videos
Movies & TV Shows to Watch
- Marley & Me, 2008 | PG | Drama, Family
- 101 Dalmations, 1996 or 1961 | G | Family, Adventure
- Isle of Dogs, 2018 | Drama, Stop-motion animation
- Eight Below, 2006 | PG-13 | Adventure, Thriller
- Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, 2009 | PG | Action, Adventure
- Finding Rin Tin Tin, 2007 | G | Action, Family
- Old Yeller, 1957 | G | Classic, Family, Drama
- Lady & the Tramp, 1955 | G | Disney, Animated, Family
- Lassie, 2006 | G | Drama, Family
- Benji, 1974 | G | Drama, Family
- Up, 2009 | PG | Animated, Family
- Best In Show, 2000 | PG-13 | Comedy, Quirky
- White Fang, 1991 | PG | Adventure, Family
- Beethoven, 1992 | PG | Family, Comedy
Doggone Great Music!
- Hound Dog – Elvis
- Little Boys Grow Up, And Dogs Get Old – Luke Bryan
- Seamus – Pink Floyd
- Old King – Neil Young
- The Puppy Song – Harry Nilsson
- The More Boys I Meet – Carrie Underwood
- Gonna Buy Me A Dog – The Monkees
- I Love My Dog – Cat Stevens
- Cracker Jack – Dolly Parton
- Gypsy, Joe And Me – Dolly Parton
- Man Of The Hour – Norah Jones
- Me And You And A Dog Named Boo – Lobo
- Blue – Peter, Paul And Mary
- Planet Dog — Boothby Graffoe
- How Much Is That Doggie In The Window – Patti Page
- Like My Dog – Billy Currington
- Old Grey Dog – Scott
- Ol’ Red – Blake Shelton
- I’m Gonna Buy Me A Dog (To Take The Place Of You) – Duke Robillard