Soldiers salute as they perform with their dogs
Soldiers of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) salute as they perform with their dogs before a dog training competition, in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, August 16, 2016. Picture taken August 16, 2016.REUTERS/Stringer

If there is a day for almost everything, why not have one for man's best friend? This is exactly what Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, did. She founded the National Dog Day (NDD) in 2004, which is celebrated on Aug. 26 every year. The day was adopted into the New York State Legislation in 2013.

National Dog Day celebrates all dog breeds — mixed and pure, and is against ban on any breed. It is observed not only to bring public awareness on the need to rescue abandoned and street dogs but also acknowledge their role in society, be it for personal protection, law enforcement, helping the disabled, and bomb detection, among other selfless services.

National Dog Day encourages people to opt for adoption from rescue shelters and discourages buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills and through media ads.

"Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered 'unwanted love', into your heart and home on National Dog Day!" Colleen Paige says in a statement.

Here are some of the best quotes on man's best friend to celebrate National Dog Day 2016:

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man" - Mark Twain

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself" - Josh Billings

"The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog" - M.K. Clinton

"Dogs never bite me. Just humans" - Marilyn Monroe

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read" - Groucho Marx

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went" - Will Rogers

"A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones" - Arthur Conan Doyle

"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience" - Woodrow Wilson

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole" - Roger A. Caras

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs" - Charles de Gaulle

"Only my dogs will not betray me" - Maria Callas

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why" - Unknown

"Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends" - Alexander Pope

"Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog" - Douglas Mallock

"It is scarcely possible to doubt that the love of man has become instinctive in the dog" -Charles Darwin

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue" -Unknown

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog" - George Graham

"There's just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they're thrilled to see you. They're good for the ego" - Janet Schnellman

"Dogs are often happier than men simply because the simplest things are the greatest things for them!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

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