The last week of September has gone to the dogs. Why? Because it is National Dog Week. To celebrate our canine friends, here's a bit of history about the week and a  sample of dogs waiting for adoption at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

The weeklong celebration was started in 1928 by Captain William Lewis Judy, a World War I veteran, former publisher of Dog World magazine and a dog judge. National Dog Week 2018 is September 23 through September 29. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the weeklong canine celebration. The theme for 2018 is, At Your Service: "ALL-WAYS."

Judy created National Dog Week as a way to educate owners not just of their responsibilities to their dog, but also to their community. National Dog Week is celebrated every year during the last full week of September.

One excellent way to celebrate National Dog Week is to adopt a dog from a shelter. If you can't do that, donate your time, money or supplies to a local shelter like Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction.

Speaking of adoption, here are three dogs ready to help you celebrate National Dog Week.


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    9-Year-Old Retreiver Labrador Mix

    Diesel is a lovable dog who's grown up with Dexter who's featured below. He's the more passive of the two. Dexter does well with other dogs and children and has plenty of energy for play. He loves to be outside and a secure yard will help keep him safe.

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    7-Year-Old Retriever Labrador Mix

    Dexter is a lovable dog who's grown up with Diesel. While he's a couple of years younger, he's the more dominant of the two. Dexter is also full of energy, loves children, and enjoys being outside. A secure yard will provide him with the safe and comfortable environment he needs.

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    5-Year-Old Akita Mix

    Bo (Bow) is a very sweet guy who just needs a lot of love and patience. He's good on a leash, loves to be outside, and will snuggle up to you for attention. An owner who will be patient with him and help him break out of his shell would make Bo incredibly happy.