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  • Happy National Dog Day

    National day emphasizes pet adoptions
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  • Every dog has its day — and that day has arrived.
    Today, National Dog Day aims to celebrate canines everywhere. The holiday, according to NationalDogDay.com, was founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, in an effort to honor dogs.
    And what better way to observe the day than by visiting the local animal shelter and adopting one of the many dogs there.
    The Brownsville Animal and RegulationCareCenter, located on FM 511 in Olmito, has roughly 100 dogs and 75 cats available for adoption every week. However, when strays are picked up or owners are no longer able to care for their pets, space becomes more limited, said Jamie Dutil, director of marketing and development for the clinic operated by Brownsville Spay and Neuter, Inc.
    Because of the space limitations, officials hope people interested in getting a dog for their home visit the shelter first before heading to the pet store or buying from a breeder.
    Robert Weiss and his wife Anne visited the Brownsville animal shelter last week and adopted a female miniature schnauzer by the name of Diva. Despite her glamorous name, Diva had bald patches on her back and several scabs.
    But when Weiss saw her, he only saw possibilities.
    He pointed at the short gray fur covering her body and remarked on her beauty, “The color of her fur will be very nice once it grows out,” Weiss said. “Once she settles in, she’ll be just fine,” Weiss said.
    Weiss said he and his wife adopted Diva to be a companion to their 13-year-old male dog, Zeus, another shelter dog rescued from the Laguna Madre Humane Society.
    According to National Dog Day.com, millions of dogs are euthanized each year because they are unwanted. The website encourages people to visit the shelters today and adopt a dog.
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