Anthony Anderson Will Spend National Dog Day Spoiling His Senior Dog with Car Rides and Cake


National Dog Day is August 26th and Anthony Anderson already has the special event planned out for his precious pooch Riley.

"She will be celebrated," Anderson tells PEOPLE of the 14-year-old cockapoo, who he calls the "light of his life" now that his kids are out of the house.

"She's loving. You can't rub her belly, because if you do, you will be rubbing her for hours," the Black-ish actor adds.

Riley, who has a birthday shortly after National Dog Day, will be treated to a canine-friendly cake to mark the dual celebrations, Anderson says, and a scenic ride down California's Pacific Coast Highway.

Since Riley was a little pup, she and Anderson have enjoyed car rides together, though their drives are a little different now. Riley recently went blind after being diagnosed with diabetes and starting insulin treatments.

"She still enjoys the wind blowing her face. That's our thing," Anderson says, adding that these drives have been extra special recently since they are a way for the pair to safely escape the house during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Let's make the best of it. Let's make a road trip with no real destination except leaving the house and coming back to the house," the To Tell the Truth host says of his motto for these recent rides.

For National Dog Day, Anderson also partnered with AutoTrader, which is filled with fellow dog and car lovers, to raise awareness about the joys of pet adoption and safely road-tripping with your pup. Autotrader, a car shopping resource with the largest selection of vehicles to search from, recently released their list of the Best Cars for Dog Lovers, four of which are owned by members of the Anderson family.

Autotrader is also offering dog owners the chance to enjoy their limited-edition Dog Vests for free.  These comfy and innovative canine garments are designed to pick up the hair pets leave behind in cars. Dog owners can enter for a chance to win a pair of Dog Vests from now until Sept. 14 at DogTrader.com. If you don't have a furry road trip buddy yet, DogTrader.com is also a great place to find thousands of canines available for adoption.

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