Happy National Dog Day! Check out how athletes' furry friends have taken over social media

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There is never a bad time to show your dog some love.

National Dog Day is upon us and has provided countless displays of appreciation for the pups. The pandemic has given everyone ample time to forge deeper bonds with their pets, and athletes have been no exception.

NationalDogDay.com offers an array of ideas to celebrate the occasion, even if you're not a dog owner. Suggestions include adopting a dog or volunteering at your local shelter, sending a dog-related gift to a friend or family member and buying your dog a new toy.

The holiday has been celebrated annually on Aug. 26 since being established in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. On that date, at age 10, Paige adopted her first dog, "Sheltie," from a local animal shelter.

Now a popular hashtag across social media, National Dog Day has seen an array of celebrations and acknowledgment from puppy lovers everywhere.

With jerseys, gold medals and diving displays to sort through, let's examine the most notable appreciation posts. Warriors All-Star and three-time NBA champion Klay Thompson hasn't played since the 2019 Finals due to injury. Fortunately, the two-time All-NBA selection has had his good buddy Rocco by his side throughout his rehabilitation.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling of the Green Bay Packers retweeted a slow-mo post of his dogs, Ace and Spade. The fourth-year wideout considers himself a homebody during the offseason, when he often stays home or takes his furry friends to the dog park.

Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine won first Olympic gold medal this summer. His dog, Grizzly, recently donned his dad's new hardware. Judging by Grizzly's game during lockdown, he might have a gold medal in his future, too.

During the 2020 Olympic Games, the world was introduced to Caeleb Dressel's dog, Jane, who swam a few laps with the seven-time Olympic gold medalist.

The University of Georgia's Uga X, "Que," prefers to spell National Dog Day in the best way Bulldog fans know.

It seems to work just fine for the football team. Since "Que" started roaming the sidelines in 2015, Georgia has a 54-15 overall record.

The Bulldogs weren't the only SEC team joining in on the fun. Texas A&M showed some love to the school's First Lady, Reveille X. The 2-year-old Collie shadowed Reveille IX after the latter spent six years in the role.

Lionel Messi's French Mastiff is named aptly named "Hulk." The global soccer star received the dog as a gift from his wife in 2016. Hulk is said to have weighed over 100 pounds within his first eight months. Here are a few shots of his growth over the years.

It appears Hulk could have luck with his own soccer career someday.