Happy National Dog Day! How Florida ranks for dogs, events to commemorate

Floridians love their dogs. Show it at a few local events tonight through Sunday.

Happy National Dog Day, fellow ruff-ians! The holiday encourages dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and promotes the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and abuse-free life. Ways you can celebrate include adopting a dog from your local shelter or purebred rescue organization, buy your dog a fun new dog toy or donate blankets, food and toys to local shelters like the Humane Society or SPCA.

To create a national dog appreciation ranking, Milo's Dog Kitchen pet treats brand surveyed 3,000 dog parents (21 and older) across the United States to determine how regularly they engage in dog-loving behavior. Florida ranked No. 5 on the list of states with the most "emotionally happy" dogs. Click here to read which state got No. 1.

Some upcoming dog-friendly events ...

National Dog Day Yappy Hour Enjoy drink specials and bring your dog along for free treats at Reno Downtown Joint this evening 6-10 p.m., 27 Fourth S.t N., St. Petersburg, 727-895-4909.

Lennar Homes Tampa Dog Day of Summer. Lennar has outfitted some of its Tampa area properties with dog parks, and this Saturday, its K-Bar Ranch location in upper Hillsborough will be supporting pet adoptions, free pet health screenings and the doggie lifestyle at its newest dog park. The details are below. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participating in the event will be the Lost Angels Pet Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization  provides on-site dog adoption services to residents and members of the community-at-large, plus the Affordable Pet Hospital, a full-service veterinary clinic offers a full line of mobile pet wellness plans, vaccinations and access to annual dog exams at the event, including: free exams, rabies, DAPPv, heartworm tests, bordetella and nail trims. Lennar will cover the costs of vaccinations for the first 20 dogs on site. The event will take place at the Heron Preserve community at K-Bar Ranch, 19322 Paddock View Drive, Tampa.
Ferg's Live Stride for Strays Sign-up Party Animal lovers can register for Animal Coalition of Tampa's Stride for Strays and enjoy live music, raffles, games and more this Sunday. $5 will get you a raffle ticket and a Tito's Vodka Hair of the Dog Cocktail. The Modern Paws will be there with a treat bar, so the furry ones aren't left out plus they can get pampered with $10 Bath and Nail Trims. This Sunday, Aug. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. at 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa. fergslive.com. RSVP on Facebook here.

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