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08/26/2014 01:08 pm ET | Updated Aug 26, 2014

8 Reasons We Love Dogs On National Dog Day (And The Rest Of The Year, Too)

It's National Dog Day, and at HuffPost Green we're celebrating all the reasons dogs really are our best friends. Where would we be without them?

Started in 2004, National Dog Day celebrates our love of dogs of all shapes and sizes. Colleen Paige, who started the holiday, says on her website that its purpose is "to honor dogs, to give them 'a day'," and to show our appreciation "for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work protecting our streets, homes and families as Police K-9’s, Military Working Dogs, Guide Dogs and Therapy Dogs." National Dog Day is a day to support the ownership of all breeds and consider donating to a shelter.

If you're thinking about bringing home a new canine family member, check out the ASPCA, The Shelter Pet Project, Petfinder.com or a local shelter for info about how you can change a dog's life through adoption.

Want to share some photos of your pup with us? Tweet us @HuffPostGreen using the hashtag #NationalDogDay, and we'll retweet some of our favorites!

Meanwhile, here are eight reasons we'd be lost without our furry friends.

They really know how to snuggle
puppyattack
dogcuddle

They help us wake up in the morning
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They love to play
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dogtoy

They put up with our shenanigans...
dogbalancing

And our kids
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They give us a good laugh
dogfridge
dogvacuum

They help out with housework
dogroomba

And they even want to be friends with our other animals
dogpatscat
pitbulllovez
doghorse

Puppies

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