Today we celebrate Memorial Day in the USA. This holiday was originally called Decoration Day when it started back in 1868. The original name of Decoration Day was chosen because people decorated the graves of the fallen with flowers, wreaths, and flags. My mom grew up with a great aunt who always called it Decoration Day. I decided to decorate myself in honor of the original name. [Read more…]
Bailie here today to celebrate Memorial Day with all our friends! Of the three of us dogs, I’m the only true American, which makes it logical that I would do the post today. [Read more…]
Let the flags fly for Memorial Day today. Remember the true meaning of this day as you are celebrating the holiday with your family and friends. Memorial Day is to celebrate those who died in active military service. The life we have in the USA is because of the people and dogs in the military who defend our freedom. [Read more…]
Happy Memorial Day
We finally have some summery warm weather here, which is perfect for this long weekend! I decided to make some fruity ice cream stars for my sisters and I to enjoy outdoors at our Memorial Day picnic. Of course, my food crazed cat bro Bert just had to photo bomb my photo. He was determined to get into the yogurt! Bad cat! [Read more…]
Happy Memorial Day!
Buddy is here for the long weekend, so we are celebrating together and getting into some good mischief as well. I think this holiday is more for the humans but we do our best to enjoy it in a doggy way!
We took a really great 2 ½ hour adventure walk on Saturday morning. Lucky for us the rain held off so we did not get soaked. Since there was no water from above and I was thirsty, I did take a bit of a dip in a pond and got a nice drink as well. The water is still icy cold but that does not bother me in the least!
Once again mom forced us to break the rules! I don’t know if she can’t read or what but we found ourselves on the wrong side of the trail closed sign again. It was a fun trail, but I am sure glad we did not get in any trouble as I can’t see myself in the real slammer! You can’t see Buddy in the photo because he is too small to see between the boards but too tall to see below. Trust me, he is there right next to me!
We stopped for a pose and a break at one of the trail signs. It was ideal temperatures for walking, nice and cool, but we were still starting to get a bit warm and tired.
We were pretty wiped out from our hiking adventure in the morning, so the afternoon nap was a must!
As Buddy and I were settling into our beds for the night I found out he had never read my friend Snoopy’s Mischief book, Mischief Master Class! I decided I better read him some of my favorite chapters to give him some good ideas for Mischief. He really enjoyed what I read and wished he had his own copy of the book!
I guess Buddy took the mischief lessons I read to him seriously as he was the definite mischief winner of the weekend. He is a soccer freak, so if you haven’t seen him in action, check out this 10 second video from last summer. He never changes, so no need for a new video!
Problem was that mom mowed the lawn as Buddy was playing and when she finished and we came inside, Buddy was green! Oh boy! We are hoping the green disappears before his family picks him up on Monday night as he just was at the groomer before he came to our house…mom could be in a bit of a pickle if Buddy is still green!
Last but not least I would like to remind all my friends to be on serious tick alert! Ticks are out in full force and almost every time I come inside mom finds one crawling on me. Ticks find me irresistible since I am low to the ground and I have a wonderful beard to live in. Yes, I have my tick repellant on but that only helps once they try to set up camp in my skin. It is best to have your parents check you over when you come in and get rid of any hitchhikers before they try to live on you and let the tick treatment be the second line of defense. Mom runs a thin comb through my fur to hopefully comb out any unwanted tickers. Remember too, that you don’t need to be in the woods to get a tick – that is a common misconception! Wood ticks hang out in grass all over the place, not just in the woods and will jump on you when you pass by!
I would like to wish everyone, 2 and 4 legged, a Happy Memorial Day! Nothing says that like a couple of flags on your head…or at least that is what mom was telling me when she took this photo. I am not so sure about her ideas sometimes but I usually just go along with whatever she suggests to keep her happy! I am a clown by nature so not a problem for me to look foolish!
Inbetween all your picnicing and other activities, don’t lose site of the real purpose of Memorial Day – to honor those that serve our country. People are out at the cemetaries with flags and flowers, military personel are being
honored today all over the world, but what about the military dogs? My friend Juno from facebook posted this great memorial photo. Our neighbors that moved away 2 years ago had retired bomb sniffing dogs. He worked with the military training dogs and then brought some home when it was time for them to retire. Now, mind you, I kind of poop in my fur when I see a big German Shepard Dog coming my way, but their 2 dogs were some of my best friends. They were so well trained and so friendly! They did not even get mad if I stole their toys!
Police dogs and military dogs give their lives for
you humans and they deserve a good life themselves. When they retire from service they really deserve a nice home. Because right now many of these hard working dogs do not get a nice retirement life there has been a bill introduced to help set them up with a decent retirement. In order to better recognize the contributions of America’s military dogs, the ASPCA has introduced Bill S2134, the “Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act.” This Act will reclassify Military Working Dogs as “canine members of the armed forces” instead of “equipment” and will institute programs to assure their health and well-being after retirement from service- all without using federal funds. Please help us honor these wonderful dogs by contacting your Senators and urging them to cosponsor this Act. For more information go to: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2134
Since the only thing I can really sniff out is wabbit, I am going to just enjoy the holiday with my sister Katie and good friend Buddy. We are having a nice picnic with bowls of cold water and some nice organic bones. Had mom started training me at an early age I could have been a detection dog most likely but I am happy with my life as it is and thankful for those dogs that do the tough jobs!
Happy Memorial Day!