If You Have A Dog, Every Day Is National Dog Day

August 26 is National Dog Day. Paws to honor the dog in your life.  

If, like us, you've been wondering why the humans of the world don't have the day off in observance of this widely-celebrated national holiday, we're about to let you in on a little secret: the inventor of National Dog Day was probably a dog. And because the whole thing is probably just a coverup to hide the fact that every dog has its day — every single day — as long as you have a dog, you'll never have the day off.

Don't believe us? Here are six things that prove that if you have a dog, every day is National Dog Day: 

The Uppity Puppy - National Dog Day

1. Your bed is no longer "your" bed.

Same goes for the pillows. And they would prefer 50000-thread count sheets, if you'd please. 


2. Your house is never clean . . . just "clean enough." 

And as soon as you do clean, there WILL be dog hair tumbleweeds by high noon. 

The Uppity Puppy - National Dog Day

3. You never do anything alone. Including go to the bathroom. 

You know, just checking to make sure everything's coming out ok. 


4. And you never go anywhere alone, including on vacation. 

Pack plennnnty of poop bags. 

The Uppity Puppy - National Dog Day

4. You only hang out with their friends.

At least they know how to paw-ty.  


5. You're expected to share everything, especially your food. 

Remember what it was like to eat a meal without being under constant surveillance? No, you don't. What's yours is theirs. 

The Uppity Puppy - National Dog Day

6. They walk (and lay) all over you, and you wouldn't have it any other way. 

Happy National Dog Day from The Uppity Puppy! 

The Night Saks Went To the Dogs

Fashionistas have been known to show their baser instincts when it comes to shopping the season's must-haves. It's not unheard of for fur to fly during a designer sale, and last Thursday night at Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham was no exception!   


We've covered canine couture here before, but neither Lily nor I have ever set foot on the runway, so it was a great privilege to join some of Birmingham's chicest celebrity canines (and their counterparts) in Saks' annual fashion show fundraiser for Hand In Paw. With the efforts of Saks stylist Ernest Robles, Jr., canine couture CEO/designer Jasmine Lawson, and Trish McEvoy Beauty Specialist Kimberly Crawford, Lily and I went from messy mutts to polished pups for the Saks Fifth Avenue Dogs and Denim Fall Fashion Show. 


Cordial canines are always welcome at Saks, but the Dogs and Denim event was a particularly special evening for anyone possessing a nose for clothes. While we prepped backstage for our "cav-walk" debut, guests shopped the fall collection and sipped cocktails. Still others were content to sniff the shoe department and sample biscuits until the show began. 

On the runway, models wore the best of Saks' Contemporary collection, which included denim pieces from J Brand, AG, and Joe's Jeans, plus autumn essentials by Joie, Burberry, Michael Kors, Elizabeth & James, and Shoshanna, to name a few. And not to be outdone, the furry fashionistas bow-wowed in bespoke collars, leashes, and accessories by Jazzy J Designs. (See more of what we wore here!)


A five-star fall runway event at Saks would be enough to entice any fashion hound to attend, but the Dogs and Denim paw-ty was not without good cause. The proceeds of the event will benefit the Birmingham, Alabama-based non-profit, Hand In Paw, an affiliate of the global organization, Pet Partners. With the help of over 150 local volunteers, the animal-assisted therapy organization brings highly-trained dogs, cats, and even goats to visit those in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities around Birmingham. The benefits of animal-assisted therapy extend to the emotional and physical well-being of recipients, as anyone who has experienced a healthy, positive relationship with a pet can attest. Hand In Paw depends on the support of donations, grants, and events like the one hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue, and we were truly honored to be included in helping provide support for this wonderful non-profit organization. 

To learn more about or participate in animal-assisted therapy, visit http://www.handinpaw.org (Birmingham) and http://www.petpartners.org (global). 

Our sincerest thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director Elizabeth Worrell, for so thoughtfully and generously including The Uppity Puppy in the Dogs and Denim event. We were very humbled to take part in this stellar production. Thank you, Elizabeth! 

We are also grateful to Jasmine Lawson for styling and providing Lily with a sassy new Jazzy J ensemble, to Ernest Robles Jr. for so hospitably styling us at Saks, and to Kimberly Crawford for the exceptional makeup (especially with a wriggling lapdog!). 

Retail Therapy: Dogs & Denim at Saks Fifth Avenue

It's been a ruff few weeks, so we took a bit of a blogging hiatus recently, but there's nothing like a little retail therapy to get the tail wagging again. 

The Uppity Puppy is truly honored to be joining the Dogs & Denim Fall Fashion Show this week at Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit Hand In Paw, the Birmingham-based animal-assisted therapy organization. Saks Birmingham is generously hosting a red carpet fall fashion event on Thursday, August 14 from 5:30-7:30, and it's sure to have everyone barking. Cocktails, treats, and raffle prizes will abound, while guests will get a preview of the chicest autumn attire for fashion hounds of all kinds. The Saks contemporary collection will be on display, along with canine couture collars from Jazzy J Designs. Ticket donations are $10 at the door, and the proceeds will help Hand In Paw continue to provide love and support for those with physical and emotional needs.

Dogs & Denim Saks Fifth Avenue
Dogs & Denim Saks Fifth Avenue - The Uppity Puppy
Dogs & Denim Saks Fifth Avenue - The Uppity Puppy

Lily and I will be walking the runway for the very first time on Thursday, and at our fitting this weekend, we got a sneak peek of Saks' fab fall collection. We both felt like pampered pooches as our talented and hospitable stylist, Ernest Robles, let us play with new pieces from Burberry, Tory Burch, Joie, Furla, and more. Ernest patiently indulged our fashion instincts: Lily had a few styling ideas of her own, which all involved fur, while I was drooling over leather leggings and suede YSL pumps. A little bit of retail therapy with Ernest was just what these two fashion hounds needed to get pumped up for our red-carpet runway debut!

We are thrilled to support the work of Hand In Paw through the generosity of Saks Fifth Avenue Birmingham, and we invite all of our friends (both two and four-legged alike!) to join us on Thursday for the Dogs & Denim Fall Fashion Show!