Monday is National Walking the Dog Day, which is marked annually to encourage people to take their pets for walks and focus on their health. To celebrate this day, bring out your walking shoes and take your four-legged friend out for a stroll. 

Dr. Kerri Marshall, veterinarian and chief veterinary officer at Trupanion, believes taking your dog out for a walk is not only important for the owner, but also the canine. Here are some reasons mentioned by Marshall, according to iheartdogs.

  • Walks are a great way to bond with your pet
  • A daily walking routine can keep you and your dog healthy
  • It lets you and your dog interact socially 
  • Walking reduces stress and relieves anxiety

Here are some quotes, courtesy playbarkrun, to share with all dog lovers.

1. “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

2. “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman

3. “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love unconditionally as a dog.” -​ M.K. Clinton

4. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, & they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” ​- John Grogan

5. "When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." ​- AD. Williams

6. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened." ​- Anatole France

7. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” -​ Josh Billings

8. "You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you’re in faster than you can think of." ​- Jill Abramson

Woman Walking the Dog Keep your masks while outside. Photo: Pixabay