Famous influencers share what their pup means to them on International Dog Day
We celebrate our canine companions every day with wiggle-worthy toys, tasty treats, and unconditional love. (If they didn’t know better, they might think today was like any other day.)
But today, spoil your pooch a little, because it’s International Dog Day! Today, we recognize the countless reasons why dogs improve our lives, from keeping us active and reducing stress to literally making us happier and healthier. Our bond with them is truly unlike any other.
For this year’s International Dog Day, pet owners around the world shared what having a dog means to them.
Bring joy to our life
“Reagan means EVERYTHING to me. We are a match made in heaven. I like photography, he likes to pose for the camera. I am an empty nest, he is always by my side. Thanks to him and social media, I had the opportunity to make people smile, add joy to their day and help foster children. He’s like a virtual therapy dog. I am grateful every day for my furry family member. Who is a good boy? You are, Reagan!
— Sandi Swiridoff, Reagan’s mother
Always in your corner
“When we first got Biggie, we had no idea what a difference he would make in our lives.
We’ve learned that having a dog means having a best friend around, no matter what. You can have a very bad day, but just looking at it changes everything. We’ll leave, come back 10 minutes later, and he’ll greet us like he hasn’t seen us in weeks. So for us having a dog means having someone who will always be there to help you through the tough times and share the joy of the good times.
— Leo + Sabrina Anguiano, Mr. Biggie’s father and mother
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Big impacts come in small sizes
“Having a dog in my life was the best unexpected decision ever. Adopting Tinkerbelle The Dog has completely changed my life – for the better. I never knew the impact and connection a little puppy could have on my life. me Adding Belle The Dog to our little family makes every day a fun adventure.
The two puppies bring me joy, happiness and unconditional love. They make a bad day better and a good day even more amazing. My work and schedule has increased by having two actor/model puppies, but I’m so thankful and thankful for everything that happens to us. They literally opened up a whole new world to me. I love our trips, our journeys, our professional adventures and simply EVERYTHING that we do together. My love and connection to Tink and Belle cannot be measured and is a true blessing.
— Sam Carrell, mother of Tinkerbelle & Belle
Make us want to be better people
“I am so grateful to Hercules for coming into my life! He showed me what unconditional love, strength and family really is! He never judges when I tell him anything, always happy to listen to me. He helps me to stand up and be positive in my difficult times, and what I also like is how cheerful he is when he sees that I am happy and satisfied. Thanks to Herc, I wanted to explore new places I’ve never been with him and met some lovely new people I never would have met because of him. Herc is my own little superhero and he makes me want to be a better human!
— Michi J., mother of Hercules the warrior dog
Give without expecting anything in return
“Having a dog gave me a taste of what unconditional love is. He doesn’t care about my job, if I had nothing in my bank account or if I was a millionaire. Not that the dogs are stupid, they’re actually really smart. He can tell if I’m having a bad day, if my anxiety is rising and more. All he asks is that I love him back. is truly a blessing to have such a pure relationship in your life.
—Shelby Susnick, Russell’s mother
Always by your side
“Owning a dog is beyond amazing! My dogs have changed my life in so many positive ways. Nelson helped me heal from a broken relationship. makes you smile again… nothing is purer than the love of a dog.
They are always there for you, always happy to see you, you meet people you would never have met otherwise… I never feel alone because I always have my dogs by my side and they always make me smile even when you have one less day. My dogs are my best friends and they are the best companions you could wish for – their love is unconditional.
— Conny Steyaert, mother of Nelson + Rose
Improve your life
“I strongly believe that life is better with a dog, and Magnus exemplifies that every second of every day. Magnus is not only our pet, but he is also a therapy dog and my best I make sure to include Magnus in all aspects of my life – eating meals, working out, running errands, running my business, watching movies, and even traveling.
He has a unique way of making any situation better. If you’re having a bad day, he makes it a better day. If you’re having a good day, he makes it a great day. His ability to read people and seem to know exactly what they need, when they need it, is why he is such an amazing therapy dog and because through our work as a pet therapy team, I am able to share his gifts with the world. We visit terminally ill and seriously ill children and adults in hospitals, schools for children with emotional and learning disabilities, in addition to nursing homes. The smiles and joy he brings to others are priceless. Just being around Magnus makes you relax and feel at ease. Having a dog in my life literally makes EVERYTHING better!
—Brian Benson, Magnus’ father
Your dog is a reflection of who you are
“My first and only furry daughter, Harmony, is THIS best friend who is always by my side. Having a dog is my form of therapy, she is my happy place.
I have been through so many trials and tribulations in my life. As an adult and as a mother, Harmonie has been there with me every step of the way. As a groomer, I firmly believe that your pup is a reflection of who you are. Harmony has class, pizzazz and is probably the most stylish pup you will ever meet. Even though I hate to admit it, she’s the one who makes me look good! There is no competition. She also helped me a lot in my career. I truly believe my living room wouldn’t be as successful without having my rockstar pup by my side. I am grateful for Harmonie – more importantly, I am grateful to the universe for bringing us together in this lifetime. I couldn’t imagine doing this with another pup!
— Ashley Ann, Harmony’s mother