Today was International Dog Day. It was established 11 years ago and I’m amazed I only know about it now. Still, better late than never, I guess.
It was started in 2004 by an American Pet Therapist called Colleen Paige. She has also proclaimed National Cat Day and National Puppy Day, which is somewhat excesive. I mean why isn’t it just International Pet Day? That way it can include snakes and chipmunks, spiders and ferrets as well.
It was (naturally) first proposed and ‘celebrated’ in the US but it seems we do it too now. The online UK newspapers were full of poeople’s dogs being cute or naughty…or both. I don’t know about analog papers as I don’t read them (shut up, Jack).
In order to celebrate the day properly, here’s a few photos I took of Emma and Freya.
These were taken during one of the brief periods between thunderstorms today.
They spent a lot of time wrestling over possession of this brown plastic bone, which to be fair, was originally bought for Emma.
One of the benefits of being older is the height advantage…especially when it comes to jumping onto things.
I managed to catch Freya trying to lap water out of the water feature (the rain has filled it to the top making it accessible for her) but she darted away too quickly to photograph. Instead, here’s Emma trying to fnd her.
Around one side of the water feature is a line of golden heather. Emma had a jolly good chew on them when she was a small puppy and now, it seems, Freya is doing the same. At least we know it’ll eventually stop. Anyway, this is her totally innocent look.
And, of course, here’s one of Day-z.
As I said, the day was abysmal. I spent most of it moving furniture and washing floors. Thanks to Freya, they were getting pretty gross. Spraying Dettol and wiping it up only goes so far. And then, of course, Freya would go to the toilet on it as soon as it was clean. To be fair, this was mainly because it was pouring down with rain most of the time and I refused to take her outside.
There was a window of a couple of hours from about 4pm when the sun came out and the sky went blue. I quickly grabbed the girls and set off for the park. And it would seem that a lot of other people did the same thing. There were dogs and owners everywhere. So, lots of fun and doggy frolic on their special day.