International Dog Day: Your fix of canine cuteness

Some of the hundreds of pictures sent to ITV Wales of viewers' beloved pets

What is International Dog Day and why is it celebrated?

On 26 August every year, International Dog Day is celebrated globally. It was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a pet lifestyle expert and animal rescue advocate. The aim of the day is to encourage people to adopt more dogs instead of buying them from pet shops.

The date itself is significant, as it's the date that Colleen's family adopted her first dog "Sheltie" from the local animal shelter, when Colleen was 10 years old.

The organisation's official website says the day "celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure.

"Our mission is to help galvanise the public to recognise the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort."

  • Viewers from around Wales have been sending in their pictures of their beloved pooches and here's a selection of those images:

Picture pawfect: Teifi the border collie Credit: Aled Gwyn Williams
One-year-old cocker spaniel Llew taking a break in the sunshine Credit: Sian Thomas
Three dogs are better than one: Rolo Rosie and Poppy the labradors smile for the camera Credit: Nikki Evans
Going to the chapel: Miniature Dachsund Posie joins her owner Jamie Lee Williams on her wedding day in Tredegar Credit: Sophie Williams
Holly the pooch jumps for joy in Blaina Credit: Stacey John
Bruno the cockapoo relaxing in the garden Credit: Rachel Egal
Oggy the four-month old Jack Russell in Yr Wyddfa (Snowdonia) Credit: Jessica Towler
Maui and Bella enjoying a day at the beach Credit: Rebecca Griffiths
Bear having a snooze on the sofa Credit: Blayne Nixon
Bruno and Cleo in their matching outfits Credit: Luke Willis
Mo the dog was rescued from North Kurdistan in Iraq -"She is learning to be a real dog and enjoying being in a real home" her owner said Credit: Kara Lane
Ebby enjoying her holiday in Wales with a trip to Harlech Beach Credit: Trevor Hawes
Four-month-old Caucasian Shepherd puppy Sacha has just learned how to sit patiently and wait for his food Credit: Hermione Taylor
Insta worthy: Five-year-old Bella striking her best pose in a sunflower field Credit: Danielle Pritchard
Rocko the dog watching the boats in mid Wales Credit: Anita Diggory
Don't look down: Chihuahua- dachshund cross Fudge made it to the top of Snowdon Credit: Jamie Lewis