Happy National Dog Day! Celebrate Man’s Best Friend

Happy National Dog Day!

We love our dog! (RunKarlaRun.com)

Happy National Dog Day! As a dog lover and dog mom, I’m a huge advocate for dogs and all the wonderful ways they add to human lives.

National Dog Day serves to “recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage,” according to NationalDogDay.com.

Happy National Dog Day! Happy dog in a field of wild flowers

Cinderella in the wild. (RunKarlaRun.com)

And that’s not all that dogs do. Research shows that dog owners live longer on average than non-pet owners, have fewer signs of heart disease, and better cardiovascular fitness. Pets also lower stress, anxiety, and blood pressure for their human friends. And they boost immunity and self-esteem for their owners. Plus, dog owners are less likely to suffer from despression than those living without four-legged friends. The Atlantic published a great article about the many ways dogs enrich our lives, physically and mentally. A dog really is man’s best friend.

I can honestly say I’m happier now than I was when I didn’t have a dog. My life is certainly better because Cinderella, my doghter, is in it.

I’ve shared Cinderella’s story in the past—from homeless and living in the woods of Tennessee to finding her fur-ever home in New York City with my husband and me. I found her on PetFinder.com, one of the supporters of National Dog Day and a great resource for finding adoptable dogs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Happy National Dog Day! Trail run in Colt State Park

Running with Relly (RunKarlaRun.com)

I’m a vocal advocate for dog adoption, versus purchasing from anyone but the most reputable breeders. According to the ASPCA, 7.3 million dogs and cats enter the shelter system every year through no fault of their own. Approximately 2.6 million of them die there. The ASPCA says 31 percent of the dogs that enter shelters are euthanized.

By adopting—and not buying—and spaying or neutering your dog, you can be a part of the solution. You’ll find your pick of purebreds and one-of-a-kinds like Cinderella in our nation’s vast shelter and rescue system. Looking for even the rarest of breeds? You can find one for adoption, like my sister did with her Bedlington Terrier.

So let’s raise a bone to all the furry friends out there who make our lives and our worlds a better place. Take National Dog Day as an opportunity to donate to your local shelter or dog rescue organization, or spend some quality time with your furry friend. I practice what I preach. This year, I’ve donated to the Friends of the Bristol Animal Shelter in Rhode Island and the North Shore Animal League in New York. Now, it’s time to snuggle my dog.

So Happy National Dog Day from Cinderella and me!

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


08 2014

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  1. Karla Bruning

    Apparently the first photo is upside down in my husband’s browser, but not in mine. Weird! Sorry if you’re seeing it upside down!
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  2. 2

    Cute photos! (They’re all right side up for me.) I’m very happy that I’m a dog owner, too.
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  3. 4

    Love your pup!
    Such cute pics!
    Happy National Dog Day!

  4. 6

    Awwwww, LOOOOOVE these! I can’t get enough of dogs. Cinderella is so lucky to have you guys! 😉

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! We feel lucky to have her. It’s so funny, I LOVE seeing dog pics on other people’s blogs, but rarely put up any on mine. Need to remedy that. National Dog Day was a good start.

  5. 8

    Love all the pictures. It’s quite different, in such a good way, since I got Allie. She greets me when I get home and I have someone to talk to (yes, I talk to her and she talks to me).
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    • Karla Bruning

      Agree! Cinderella and I totally talk to each other.

  6. 10

    I WANT A DOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And I love the pics of Cinderella…she’s amazing! :)
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    • Karla Bruning

      I thought of you when I put up this post, since you asked for more Cinderella pics. It’s so hard when you want a dog and don’t have one. I was there for years!

  7. 12

    Cinderella is SO cute!! Life is just better when you have a dog :0) I have 3 doghters and I love them so much!

  8. 14

    Love all the pics of Cinderella, she’s so adorable!!!!!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! I think she’s cute, but I’m definitely biased :)