National Dog Day, encouraging people to adopt man's best friend

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Today is national dog day, a celebration of man's best friends and encouraging people to adopt a dog.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the first year of dog ownership can cost about $1,300 for a smaller dog and up to $1,800 for a larger breed.

This includes one-time expenses such as spaying and neutering, initial medical fees, and buying a crate.

After the first year, it calculates the cost drops to about $580 to $875 per year.

Here are some fun facts about dog ownership from Auto Trader:

  • 52% of dog owners take their dogs on car trips at least once per week
  • 24% of people have used their dogs to flirt with another person while in their cars
  • 66% of owners think about their dog's needs when buying a car
  • 25% have changed vehicle types because they bought a dog

Here are some pictures of our WSLS 10 facebook fans' dogs.

It's #NationalDogDay Show us with your favorite k-9 photos in the comments!

Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Thursday, August 25, 2016