Have you come across someone saying they have three kids and two of them turn out to be dogs?
One-third of American dog owners call their pets on the phone or leave messages for them, while 58% sign their dog’s name on family greeting cards, according to a survey by the pet-product company Natural Wonder Pets.
To top it all, over 1 million dogs in America have been named the primary beneficiary of their owners’ estates.
In 2020, the pandemic created a surge in pet adoptions with many people rarely leaving their pets’ side. In the spring of 2021, as vaccinations augured a return to normal life, 67% said they would consider looking for a different job if their company no longer offered remote work, to eliminate separation anxiety of or with their pet, according to Time magazine.
The heartache of losing loved ones and involuntary solitude tainted the last several months, and the furry companions have been a source of comfort and hope for Americans cooped up inside their homes.
So in honor of National Dog Day Thursday, we are sharing lists of the most popular dog breeds and dog names in Delaware, courtesy of rover.com, along with a few suggestions to celebrate.
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Most popular dog breeds in Delaware
1. Labrador retriever (also the most popular in America)
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
Most popular female dog names in Delaware
Most popular male dog names in Delaware
While there is no one way to celebrate today, we have a few suggestions that your dogs and dogs nearby you might like.
Adopt a dog from your local shelter or a purebred rescue organization. If that’s too much, volunteer at a local dog shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.
Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations. Do a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your dog and others.
But if you just want it to be just your dog(s) and you, take them out for a walk and buy them new toys and treats, and click pictures with them – as many as you can.
If possible, have a portrait painted of your dog – to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.