Dogs! We LOVE Celebrating Dogs!

Jun 20th

We have been looking forward to Friday all week, haven’t we?  Well, we made it!  The week has come to a close with me finding myself not feeling well and taking a day to rest and get my head together.  Literally.  For some reason I woke up feeling so dizzy that I thought I was going to fall over.  The spinning made me nauseous.  Quite honestly, I didn’t think it was safe to drive!  I am fortunate that I have a boss who cares about the health of the staff and she wouldn’t want me to put myself, or anyone else, at risk.  I know you’ll be getting this a little late today, but I’m typing for a few minutes, closing my eyes for a few, then typing again.  Hopefully it won’t be TOO late! 

Before I get started on today’s celebrations, I’d like to say a big Happy Birthday to my “baby” brother.  Today he is 44 . . . which makes me feel quite old just to say!  I was going to stop by to see him after work, but considering how I am feeling, I won’t be leaving the house today.  Hopefully the funny card I got him will give him a chuckle, and maybe Dad will stop and pick it up so he can drop it off to him.  Happy Birthday Jeff – have a wonderful day!

American Bald Eagle Day –  I love eagles.  There is something so incredibly regal about them.  It is no surprise that they are our national bird!  In the early 1960s the number of nesting pairs of American bald eagles was less than 450 in the entire country.  By the 1990s there were more than 4,500 adult bald eagle nesting pairs.  On June 28, 2007 the U.S. Department of Interior removed them from the Endangered Species List, though they are still protected under other, more specific legislation.  Where we live, we see them soaring overhead frequently.  When I am able to see one actually up close – perhaps resting on a piling at the beach, or up in a tree near where I happen to be, I love to just focus in on it with the binoculars or the camera and just watch them.  They are amazing!!! If you want to be inspired, and you live somewhere that you may have the opportunity to see one of these magnificent birds, please take some time and a camera and give them the appreciation they deserve.

National Flip Flop Day – Ah flip flops . . . is there anything that screams summer more than when people break out the flip flops and start exposing their toes to the sun?  Flip flops aren’t anything new, though they may feel that way with all of the new styles we see every year.  The truth is that people have been wearing flip-flops for thousands of years, with the earliest known wearers being the Ancient Egyptians in 4000 BC.  Since that time people have been worn throughout the world, and have become a favorite for people who are relaxing at the beach, or just walking around in the sunshine.  They got their name from the slapping sound they make when you walk around in them.  There is something to remember though – flip-flops can be wonderful to wear on a fun, casual day out, but don’t wear them for too long.  The lack of support in flop-flops and the thin soles, can lead to sort or injured feet.

Take Your Dog to Work Day – Some workplaces are dog-friendly, where good dogs are always welcome.  Not so good dogs aren’t as welcome because they disrupt the office.  I love the days when I can take Tibbi to work with me.  It doesn’t happen often, and usually is only on days when I need to take her in for her doggy-spa-day and I need to pick her up before I’m quite finished with the day.  Because she’s a big girl, she takes up a lot of space, and though she doesn’t do anything to cause trouble, I do worry that she may accidentally trip someone.  As far as behavior though, she is always the epitome of good manners and sweetness.  She always has been.  We often have customers come in with their dogs too – and they are always welcome to come and explore the smells, the different rooms, and get lots of pets from everyone who works there.  I honestly feel sorry for offices that are so stuffy that furbabies aren’t welcome if they are well behaved.  It’s so relaxing to have dogs around sometimes!  Be thoughtful of your co-workers though.  If you do plan on taking your dog to work with you today, to celebrate this wonderful holiday, be sure there aren’t any people there with allergies who could actually end up feeling ill from your pooch’s presence.  And if your boss allows Take Your Dog To Work Day, please be sure to thank her or him, because it really is a sweet and wonderful gesture to let us bring our furry family members to work. 

Ugliest Dog Day –  Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder, but let’s just be honest here.  Sometimes what we are actually beholding is just plain ugly!  And for this special celebration, that’s a good thing!  Ugliest Dog Day is the day that all dogs, even the world’s ugliest, get to be treated like the prettiest pooch at the ball!  This contest has been held every summer for the past 25 years, and it takes place during the Dog Lover’s Festival in Petaluma, CA.  The winner of the contest earns prestige, $1,500, a trophy, a professional photo session and a catered dinner for both the winner and the owner at a luxury hotel!  Between 25 and 30 dogs usually compete, and include combinations of Chihuaua, Chinese crested, boxer, terrier, poodle and Peruvian.  What started out as a homegrown sort of contest has grown beyond anyone’s wildest thoughts.  While this whole contest is done a little tongue in cheek, the truth of the matter is that we as people, and especially it appears, as Americans, love an underdog.  When you go into a shelter and see a dog that probably won’t be adopted because of how it looks, your heart just reaches out to it.  This contest is a humorous relief that makes the world a little lighter, put smiles on faces, and tails to wagging.  Last years winner was a Chinese Crested named Mugly, who blew the judges away with his truly ugly combination of permanently bedraggled whiskers, beady eyes and dark, crinkled skin.  The 8 year old rescue dog comes from Britain, where he had previously been named England’s ugliest dog.  Truth is that the Chinese Cresteds have taken home most of the Ugliest Dog titles over the past 10 years.  My dog couldn’t ever compete in this competition because she’s absolutely beautiful (yes, I’m slightly biased), but I find myself torn between horror, laughter and sympathy for these sad little dogs!    Honestly, do a bing search for them.  Some of these pictures I couldn’t bring myself to post.  They look horribly similar to demons in horror movies in some of the cases. Yeesh!

This Day In History

1939 – The first rocket plane to use liquid propellants is tested. 
1967 – Muhammad Ali is convicted refusing induction into armed services.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day– Have you ever been to an old fashioned soda fountain?  You know, the sort of place that had the stools that  you could sit right at the counter.  The town I grew up in used to have one.  When I was in Junior High and High School my friends and I would walk down the hill from school into town on Fridays, and go to the fountain to have a soda and some fries.  There was something so special about it.  We’d sit on those stools, swinging our legs and gossiping over our sodas like any normal teenager will do.  I was quite sad when it closed.  It reminded me of growing up and going to Woolworth’s with my Mom.  There was something so special about our trips to the store to browse all of the fun stuff they had, and finish up with some fries and a soda at the counter.  To me, as a small child even, it was magical!  Swinging my legs from my stool while I enjoyed my ice cream soda . . . I wish all children had that experience growing up, and that we had someplace like that again.   So, what exactly IS an ice cream soda?  It’s a great treat on a hot summer day, and usually consists of ice cream, soda water and some sort of flavored syrup.  It’s a like a root beer float, except  the flavors are unique to the person ordering them, or making them.  They are delicious and fun, and if you’re fortunate, they bring back a lot of memories from childhood.  Here are a few different ideas for them from!   

I like those celebrations! They are interesting, fun and easy to celebrate!  No matter how you celebrate the day though, do it with a happy heart.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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