Other readers remembered
the pets that they have lost. Lynne Marsters paid tribute to Flash, who passed away at age 14 last year. Flash. Image: Lynne Marsters Your support changes lives. Find out how you can help us help more people by signing up for a subscription
“My husband didn’t want a dog really. Almost 15 wonderful years of this funny, loving, stubborn, greedy, mischievous dog made him a dog lover,” she said.
“He broke his heart the day we had him put to sleep. He adores our other two dogs.”
The relationship between dogs and humans is special, which is why they become such an essential part of our lives.
Brody. Credit: @72_Jake
“Brody – my boy. I spent 50 years of my life not really understanding the attraction of dogs having always been a cat person,” wrote @72_Jake.
“I have a good life and he has enhanced it beyond my wildest dreams.”
Elizabeth Corkhill echoed this sentiment, describing her “beautiful wee stinker Ruby” as “life-enhancing”.
Ruby. Image: Elizabeth Corkhill
International Dog Day was created in 2004 by animal advocate Colleen Paige. Paige chose 26 August as it was the date that her family
adopted their first dog ‘Sheltie’ from a shelter. Romanian rescue adopted by Doug Small. Image: Doug Small
This annual day is now celebrated around the world – including by Big Issue readers.
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“Harry is a loyal furry friend who brings a smile to my face just by being his adorable self,” said Leoni from Tel Aviv.
Harry. Image: Leoni, Tel Aviv
“Whenever I’m in need of a cuddle, this big boy is right by my side to brighten my day.”
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