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Monday, February 27, 2012

On St. Patrick's Day We're Irish

In the U.S. we're very quick to adopt other people's celebrations, we don't need to know what is being celebrated. As a result one of the sayings we have here is, "On St. Patrick's Day, I'm Irish."

For the average person in the U.S.,  St. Patrick's Day is the day cheap beer is dyed green and sold in pubs, you have the annual cabbage and corned beef dinner, and you watch a parade with everyone dressed in green and/or wearing green plastic bowler hats; lots of people like to bring their canine companions along for the fun.

Some people like to put costumes on their dog friends. Leprechauns are popular as is the more generic 'Irish themed' outfit.

Now honestly, who doesn't love an excuse to dress up like a 
Leprechaun? Particularly when they look good doing so?

Not every person wants to find or make a costume though. After all, you only use the outfit once or twice a year (this is a look that could do double-duty as a Halloween costume for those who are on a lower budget.)  Some people, however, prefer the non-costume option. 

This is when vegetable hair dye becomes your friend.


Despite our sometimes reputation as "ignorant Americans," there are some of us who realize that when it comes to iconic Irish colors, green only represents part of the country. So despite the rather contrary notion of wearing orange on St. Patrick's day, there are some who try to be a little more politically correct and pay homage to all of Ireland by wearing the green and the orange.
A nice hat is also a good way to slip on a bit o' the Irish -- easy to get on and off and adding a dapper air to anyone's wardrobe.

 Others decide to go all out and adopt a dazzling, "Hollywood" look, allowing their inner star qualities to shine out and dazzle the world. After all, it is a celebration and for some reason, most Americans seem to love a parade and love a holiday, whether they know what they're celebrating or not.
There are a lot of creative ways to find "your look" that allows you to celebrate in your own style.

Dress up, dress down. The important thing here is to have fun. And lots of people seem to think a parade is fun (I confess, I've never exactly caught the parade bug...but if I were going to a parade, St. Pat's is one I'd go to.)

Young or old, there seems to be something about a U.S. Saint Patrick's Day for everyone. Whether its the dog bones, the green (vegetable died) water or hair, the fancy hats...what's not to like?

We do like a good time here, in fact, I'm guessing like all citizens of the world, we prefer a good time. We might just be a little quicker to celebrate without knowing exactly why we are.

And in the celebration spirit, our own Jenny, Lil, and Grace decided to done a bit of Irish. 

Jenny - consider her Scotch-Irish :-)
Lil, avoiding the camera's eye and Gracie -- let's just say, she was not amused by being in any way costumed....

And Gus, wearing a positively green bow tie of his own.

Any day that allows us to hang out with our canine friends should be considered an opportunity; so even if you aren't near a major parade route, remember to have fun and enjoy the friendship of other like minded people and dogs. 


  1. You've managed to find some of the cutest "Irish dog" photos I've ever seen. What fun!

    1. Thanks Sue - every once in a while we must entertain ourselves with the serious business of dogs dressed up.

      Now if poor Gracie could just convince me she should never, ever have to partake....

  2. My dog training club used to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Somewhere I have a newspaper clipping of my dachshund dressed for the occasion. I may have to dig it out. These pictures are great!

    Stopping by from the Saturday pet Blogger Hop to say HI!!

  3. Dawn, we would LOVE to see that picture if you can find it and scan it in - if you do find a way to send it to my email I'll share it on the blog - cmoslund@gmail.com

    Thanks so much for stopping by - hope we'll see you again soon!

  4. Hi Green Dogs - maybe one day some of your dogs will dress up and you can provide us with some delightful pics :-)

  5. Hi - Your first photo of the dog wearing the Irish hat was our doxie, Heidi. She died in 2007. She is very missed. The original photo can be found on my Flickr page under my name there (doxieone). Liz Kearley

    1. Oh Liz - thanks so much for sharing your girl with the world! It certainly made me tear up to hear that Heidi is gone - but I imagine she has brought smiles to thousands of people through her on line presence...I think she's visited a lot of spaces on line.
      She certainly was a very photogenic girl - and lovely :-)
      I hope you have another special canine sharing your life now. Even though no one can fill Heidi's paw prints, having a special dog to cuddle can help (at least it always helps me.)

      Thank you so much for stopping in - I hope you'll come back. I'd also like to hear more about Heidi. Was she always so good natured when it came to dressing up?