The country is going to the dogs. At least for today.
That's because it is National Dog Day, an annual celebration honoring all of the special dogs out there, from family pets to military dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs.
Colleen Paige and the other founders of National Dog Day are against breed bans and strongly encourage dog adoption, either from shelters or rescue organizations.
Other than adopting a lovable mutt, dog owners can mark National Dog Day by volunteering, donating goods or money, and by showering love (and a few toys) on their beloved dogs.
Dog owners can celebrate online by posting photos of their pooches on their social media networks. #NationalDogDay is the hashtag.
Companies, sports teams and national organizations are getting in the spirit by celebrating all things dog today on social media.