Crazy for canines: Manchester goes barking mad in National Dog Day celebrations

It’s an old cliché that every dog has its day – but Manchester is celebrating canines big and small today.

National Dog Day, now in its tenth year, puts pooches in the limelight on August 26 every year, and has plenty of pedigree.

Greater Manchester Police led the way with celebrations, paying tribute to their 50-plus strong tactical dog unit who are responsible for more than a couple of collars as they fight crime.

Man’s best friend has worked with the Manchester boys in blue to sniff out drugs and explosives since 1959 and the force will be sharing pictures of their mutts as well as little-known facts and stats on their Twitter feed all day.

The pooch appreciation day was set-up by American pet expert Colleen Paige in 2004.

And Mancunians also took to the social media site to share pictures of their favourite pets with the hashtag #dogday.

Away from the city, coach operator National Express swapped journeys for walkies by releasing a video showing their dog-friendly side.

Working with dog charity Canine Partners, the travel company are offering free travel to people training assistance puppies.  

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