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National Dog Day: Cute Dogs in front of Fireplaces

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Dogs and people. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. With National Dog Day coming up on August 26, we at Old World Stoneworks want to take a moment to honor all the dogs in our lives, whether it’s the family pet, the hardworking rescue dog, sled dog, police K9, or the devoted service dogs that helps everybody, from blind children to veterans suffering from PTSD.

Animal advocate, Colleen Paige, founded National Dog Day in 2004. The prolific Paige also brought the world National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day, among others. Paige chose August 26th for National Dog Day because that’s the date her family adopted Sheltie, her first dog, when she was 10 years old.

Paige notes that many dogs end up in animal shelters because people decided the dog was inconvenient. It shed or barked too much or they couldn’t figure out how to train it properly. “All a dog wants to do is love and be loved by you,” she says, urging people to celebrate National Dog Day by adopting a loving pet from an animal shelter.

At Old World Stoneworks, we are celebrating National Dog Day with cute pictures of dogs in front of fireplaces, some very old, some new. Enjoy!


Dogs have been man’s best friend since the dawn of time.  They’re embedded in our history and can be found throughout the centuries across all different world cultures.  The two paintings above are from completely different era’s but depict very similar scenes.  The painting on the right is an oil painting by Pieter de Hooch, circa the 1680’s, who was known for painting quiet, domestic scenes with open doorways. The painting on the left is a Scottish painting by an unknown artist, showcasing a traditional cottage with a cat and dog resting peacefully in front of the fireplace.

Paintings are pretty, but nothing beats cute pictures of our fury friends in real life.  Here’s a collection of cuteness to brighten your day (Remember**Safety is always important with pet’s around the fireplace so be sure to check out our pet fire safety tips.):

dogs and fireplaces

French Bulldogs | Golden Retriever Puppy | Client’s Pet | Pomeranian Duo | Fireplace Fido


For more information about dog adoption, contact the Humane Society of the United States. If you’ve already got fur babies and are looking to update your fireplace so you have a place to cuddle up with them, give us a call!

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