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Monday, July 2, 2012

Patriotic People and Dogs: July 1st and July 4th

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!


  1. Woof! Woof! Soooo CUTE! Happy MM! Lots of Golden ALOHA n Woofs, Sugar

    1. Thanks so much for stopping in Sugar - always good to hear from you!

  • I have also heard that Canada is more polite and the US is more "aggressive". I don't think there is one right way to be either. It is just different. You are lucky to have experienced both perspectives. We live in Seattle so we have visited Canada several times but not gotten to time to really experience this difference.

    1. Jessica - thanks so much for stopping in!

      I feel very fortunate to have lived in two such amazing countries;each has unique qualities and you're right - they are different with their own 'personalities' - but some of the differences are subtle. I feel lucky that where I currently live I can still get the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV programming - very Canadian :-)
      And one commonality the countries share - many people value their canine companions!

  • Those are great pictures..this is the first time mom has been on your blog! She also tells me and my sibs that we are her heart lights...she doesn't know that she is our also! stella rose

    1. Stella Rose - glad your mom found us and hope she comes back; sounds like you're lucky to have each other :-)