August 26 is National Dog Day, when dog lovers from all over are encouraged to celebrate man's best friend with some extra love.
National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by pet expert and author Colleen Paige, who encourages people to adopt dogs from shelters and/or donate $5 to their local shelters. "In every heart there is an empty space... in every shelter, there is love in which to fill it... Adopt some love this day and every day," Paige writes on her website.
5. For a full-on dog run, head to Blydenburgh Dog Park, located in Blydenburgh Park on Nesconset Highway in Hauppauge. The park is a two-acre off-leash park with separate areas for large dogs and small dogs. It's open from 8 a.m. to sunset and requires a green key pass.