It’s National Dog Day today!  Our furry friends deserve their own day.  National Dog Day was founded in 2004 as a way to gain attention for dogs who need adopting and rescued.

The article photo is of Fritz (left) and Hal (right).

Fritz was adopted by Tom and Carol Brock on March 20, 2009.  Originally named Ari, Fritz got his name when Carol tried to get him by Tom (who was a cat person) by naming him after Tom’s favorite Native American artist.  The name also pays homage to his German heritage!  Fritz now works at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and Foothills Community Hospital as a therapy dog for cancer patients.

Hallowell was adopted by Mary Jarret on February 18, 2005.  He was a rescue brought up to Boulder from Taos, NM (where he was scheduled to be euthanized).  He was adopted the day he got to Boulder (with 2 backups!).  Hal’s original name was Mr. Darcy, but when he was adopted, he lacked Mr. Darcy’s manners, so Mary went with Hallowell.  The name came from her father’s childhood cat.  Mr. Hallowell was the name of the Commissioner of Agriculture in their town in Maryland who would come visit the family farm.  Mary’s father wasn’t allowed to have any cats after Hallowell (his mother was a dog person), so Mary named him in honor of “having the pet you want”.