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By Kate McCroary

Every dog lover knows this fact: Dogs love to play, and that often means getting DIRTY. Running, jumping, fetching the ball—it can all lead to a lot of mess. But we also know another fact: It's all worth it for a happy, healthy dog. So in honor of International Mud Day, we are celebrating our canine companions’ boundless enthusiasm and love of a good romp. Below are some of our favorite submissions from our AKC Family Dog Photo Contest.

Do you have a dog who loves to get dirty? Send us a picture!

And for information on how to get your dog clean after playtime, visit our Health microsite for tips on grooming.

Now go on, get dirty!

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