My life has been split between living in two nations -- Canada and the U.S.
In July both celebrate their status as independent countries. Canada quietly and politely waited for England to recognize Canada's independent status while the U.S. went to war with England for independence. Some would argue that Canada continues to be more polite and the U.S. more impatient -- and I say that as someone who was born in the States.
Regardless of one's political views, I believe that our respective national days of celebration are a lovely opportunity to get together, have a parade, eat outdoors, watch firework displays, and remember that in a world where many struggle for the right to write and speak what they feel, we here in Canada and the U.S. enjoy a level of peace, liberty, and prosperity that many others would like to have.
And as with every thing that is worth celebrating in our lives, of course our dogs are involved in our expressions of nationhood and patriotism. As one blogger I saw basically wrote, "nothing expresses freedom like making your dog dress up in a costume."
Yep. That's how us humans roll...we express our feelings by involving our animal companions...who tend to be very tolerant of our need to dress them up :-)
Remember, it is really hot and possibly humid out there, so make sure the pups in your life are getting lots of fresh water and chances to cool off.
Pavement can get very hot at this time of year, so keep an eye on the pad's of the dog's feet -- they can get burned if left on a hot surface too long. This is a great time of year to relax around water. Green grass also tends to be easier on a pup's feet than does pavement -- all things in reasonable measures, including the time you spend parading on pavement.
Whatever your nationality -- and we are honored to be visited by people from many amazing places -- I hope that you enjoy a level of peace and prosperity.
I've always found that when the outside world is, for whatever reason a little chaotic, there is solace in the company of a dog.
I hope that is true for you also!