Monday, August 19, 2013

Aug 26th is National Dog Day. 10 Ways to Celebrate. And 50 More. Don’t Shop, Adopt! Dog’s Last Will and Testament. Google Dog, Sonya. Watson, Three Legged Dog. Adopt ‘Special Needs’ Pet. Pet Days. Indianapolis 500. Adolf Hitler. Vietnam.


For “Mammal Monday”:

August 26th is National Dog Day.

Are you ready?

10 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

“While many of us may pamper our pups year-round, August 26th, or National Dog Day, is a chance for owners to do something extra-special for their four-legged family members.”

“Celebrating National Dog Day is an opportunity to thank your furry friend for his continued loyalty and companionship.

Ways to celebrate your canine companion are limited only by your imagination. So start thinking now about how you want to honor the special dog in your life on National Dog Day.”

Here are 10 ways to celebrate:

Suggestions: 1. A long, unhurried walk... a visit to the off-leash dog park... a ride in the car... a trail hike... a leisurely swim in the lake or your backyard pool.”   More at:


And 50 more at:

"We will never meet a human who will love us without condition, without expectation, without someone, at some point, disappointing us, breaking our heart..." Paige said, "Dogs will never do this to us. They are steadfast.... and short, fat, tall, skinny, any race, any religion, there is no discrimination - we are perfect in their eyes. They deserve so much more than they get."

Paige dubbed the holiday a K-9 Fourth of July and asks pet lovers to celebrate by adopting a shelter dog, helping an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog, or with a $5 donation to a local shelter. But that's just three of National Dog Day's 50 Ways to Celebrate.”


Do your part and pass it on. 

#adoptapet #pets

“Have you thought about what you will do to celebrate the day? Are you adopting a new dog or maybe volunteering to walk one??♥”

“People that say money can’t buy you happiness have never paid an adoption fee”



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Dog's Last Will and Testament

“There is always an overpopulation due to overbreeding of pets and they are often discarded when the owners have a financial situation,” said PAWS Director Carole Michales. “We make sure that a lot of great animals, that would have been destroyed at shelters, get good homes.”


Sonya, the Google maps stray dog rescue.


Dog rescue: Watson, the three legged dog

Watson’s new home:


From me: If you feel that you have the heart and home to help a ‘Special Needs’ pet a new start in life, please go to

Celebrate Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week

Big black dogs. Black Cats. FIV+ cats. Senior pets. Special-needs animals.

“Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder has designated Sept. 17-23, 2012, as “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.”

Survey Results: Which Pets are Hardest to Place?

Did you know that 99% of our shelters and rescue groups currently have adoptable pets that have been at the shelters a long time and are having a harder time getting adopted?

In fact, according to our survey, these “less-adoptable” pets wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does … sometimes more than two years!”  More at:


Of course, every day is hopefully a Special Day for your pet:

“National Dog Day. Not to be confused with National Mutt Day (Dec. 2), National Puppy Day (March 23) or National Pet Day (April 11), each of the 19 national and international pet days founded by Paige are all designed with one thing in mind: to draw attention to the need for pet rescue.”


On This Day:

Louis Schwitzer wins first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug 19, 1909:

“In front of some 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer wins the two-lap, five-mile inaugural race on August 19, 1909. This is the first race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now the home of the world's most famous motor racing competition, the Indianapolis 500.

Built on 328 acres of farmland five miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana, the speedway was started by local businessmen as a testing facility for Indiana's growing automobile industry. The idea was that occasional races at the track would pit cars from different manufacturers against each other. After seeing what these cars could do, spectators would presumably head down to the showroom of their choice to get a closer look.

In 1965, Schwitzer suffered a stroke while riding a horse on his farm. He was paralyzed, and for a time lost his ability to speak English, reverting to Hungarian. He died in 1967.

To honor Schwitzer's legacy, the Society of Professional Engineers now presents an individual or group involved with the Indianapolis 500 with the annual Louis Schwitzer Award for Engineering Excellence.”


Adolf Hitler becomes president of Germany, Aug 19, 1934:

“On this day in 1934, Adolf Hitler, already chancellor, is also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic.

Hitler had Roem executed without trial, which encouraged the army and other reactionary forces within the country to urge Hitler to further consolidate his power by merging the presidency and the chancellorship. This would make Hitler commander of the army as well. A plebiscite vote was held on August 19. Intimidation, and fear of the communists, brought Hitler a 90 percent majority. He was now, for all intents and purposes, dictator.”


Many Americans against a bombing halt, Aug 19, 1968:

  imagesCAL390IP“A Harris survey indicates that 61 percent of those polled are against calling a halt to the bombing in Vietnam. President Johnson, in a major speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Detroit, challenged Hanoi to respond to the limitations of the bombing campaign that he had announced in March. But he refused to curtail other military activities in Southeast Asia, saying that, "there are some among us who appear to be searching for a formula which would get us out of Vietnam and Asia on any terms, leaving the people of South Vietnam and Laos and Thailand... to an uncertain fate."”



While Ray primed some more of the rafters on the screen porch, I raked up some of the pine needles felled by the recent rains.  There was no wind, but starting a burn pile on a Sunday, when most people are home, didn’t seem like a nice thing to do. 

I called my youngest son, Kevin, who will be 44 today, and we had a long chat.  Doesn’t seem that long ago that he was in school.

The cooler weather has certainly been welcome, but we know it can’t last for many more days.

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