August 26th has been dubbed “National Dog Day.” Truthfully, every day is National Dog Day for Dog Lovers like us, but we definitely aren’t complaining about an extra excuse to celebrate our furry friends.
First and foremost we must introduce you to Mookie, our Far Out Awards office pup. Mookie is a cross between a Silky Terrier and a Bichon Frise. Weighing in at a solid 18 lbs, Mookie is constantly hearing “wow that’s a big Yorkie.” He’s not a Yorkie. Mookie especially loves the car ride to and from the office. He also enjoys an occasional puppacino, playing fetch with his ball, distracting everyone with his cute face, and taking naps.
Now that you’ve met the real-life pupper behind our dog-loving business. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Far Out Awards to celebrate National Dog Day!
We have nothing against Yorkie’s, but since Mookie is so sick of being confused for this popular pet, the Yorkshire Terrier comes in at number 10 today. It’s still top 10, so nothing to be ashamed about. Seriously though, there is no meaning behind the order of this list. All dogs are great dogs and we really can’t pit one against the other (unless it’s Mookie, he’s the best).
Jack Russel’s may be small dogs but they have big personality. These terriers, originally bred to be hunting dogs, are full of energy and can be hard to train and manage. If you have the patience and right training, the Jack Russel can make a great family dog.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a beautiful dog, there is no doubt about it. Though on the smaller side, these herding dogs also need more exercise than similar dogs their size. They also need mental exercise to stimulate their clever minds. If you are looking for a dog to just lay around with you, this is not the puppy for you.
The Pug’s wrinkly face is impossible to confuse. Did you know the word “pug” comes from the Latin word for “fist,” since the dog’s face resembles a human fist? Neither did we. These wrinkly pups are known for snoring and shedding, but if you can look past that they are true lovers. Pugs remain close to their humans and need to be the center of attention.
While Mookie may not look much like his father (the Bichon) he does share some of his personality traits. Bichon Frise’s LOVE to play and are generally happy (except when you leave them alone for long periods of time). They are intelligent, love to learn tricks, and need daily exercise to expend their energy.
Boxers are the worlds biggest puppies. Seriously though, this breed is not considered mature until 3 years old!! These muscular pups may look fierce but are playful dogs that are full of love and loyalty.
4. The Dachshund Dog TrophyThese short and cute puppies are true hound dogs, bred to hunt badgers and other tunneling animals. Dachshund owners are known for buying the most dog-breed swag of any other dog owners. From Dachshund dish towels to t-shirts to mini statues, if their short 4-legged friend is on it, they must have it. If you know a Dachshund dog owner, you should definitely get them this Far Out Award!
We personally prefer black poodles (before Mookie was the official Far Out Awards Dog there was Doodle, a black miniature poodle). Black, white, brown, apricot or party, toy, mini or standard; poodles come in all colors and sizes are one of the most intelligent breeds. Don’t be fooled by the fancy hairdo’s you see in dog shows, behind the pouf you’ll find an affectionate family dog that is playful, loyal, and a joy to train.
Golden’s are the Golden (pun intended) Children of the puppy world. They are the poster puppies of cuteness. Their friendly and tolerant demeanor makes them great family dogs, that combined with their intelligence makes them excellent service dogs, and they are just overall furry mush balls that everyone loves. They’re truly as good as gold.
When push comes to shove, all dogs are the best dogs. Dogs are our greatest companions and best friends. Just like us, they have different personalities and appearances, but they are all puppies on the inside. The championship puppy cup was a custom fantasy football trophy that we made for the North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
In addition to being huge fans of dogs, we are also huge fans of Howard Stern. So naturally we knew all about North Shore through Beth Stern. When the North Shore Animal League came to us to create this custom Puppy Cup for their fantasy league, we were beyond excited.
We also can’t forget to mention that we always ask our past Far Out Awards customers to send us pictures of their awards and tell us about the stories behind their Far Out Awards to include on our blog. For every blog post we write that features one of YOUR stories, we make an extra donation to our monthly charity, Puppies Behind Bars. Puppies behind bars trains inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.
We seriously do love dogs, they bring out the best in all of us.
Happy National Dog Day! Hug your dog. If you don’t have a dog to hug, adopt one (if you can care for them, of course)!