July 3, 2012

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army know on Too Late Tuesdays that I try to plan a project for the afternoon that will engage us in something fun and leave everyone tired enough to nap away part of our long waiting time in the evening.

Last night's rain left temps a tad cooler and in the afternoon the yard is blessed with deep shade so we all went out to for an inspection. The heat has left most of our plantings in a near terminal state and some have gone over the Bridge to bloom and grow for our friends already on that side. The cockscombs are on life support and the WDA was divided about just pulling them out and putting new flowers in the urns on the deck. They DO look like a pretty pathetic greeting but I decided that a little white floof mixed with more water might yet save them. Then White Dog trotted up with a ball she had hidden somewhere in the yard and we played "Get IT!" Everyone wanted to play, but really only WD fetches. In short order, she got annoyed at the entire WDA loping off with her to chase the ball then standing around it blocking her ability to "Get IT!"

After a not too taxing workout and practice of basic commands on the deck, we came inside to discuss our plans for tomorrow's holiday. YoYoMa dragged the picnic tote into the living room. "Sorry sweeties, I know we usually go out into the wilds and spend the day alone with nature but all of the campgrounds and picnic areas are closed because of fire danger. Cars cannot even stop on the sides of the forest roads for fear of igniting the dried grasses." Yo sank to his belly, head resting on the not-to-be picnic carrier.

Puff pulled at her harness hanging on the peg by the door and looked pointedly "out." "If every one gets up very very early we might be able to go to the Park," I agreed. "But the park will quickly fill with families and jumpy things and barbeques as people want to go somewhere to celebrate." WD put that on the "maybe" list.

Nuka looked at the bag of firecrackers and bottle rockets that I had confiscated from Michael as she wagged. "NOT a chance! Like I told Michael, hundreds of acres are burning, we are dry and in a drought, they are not legal in the city AND it is not good for you pups!" And, yes, he is mad but came up tonight to say he understands...I can never figure out why it is legal to SELL fireworks in town to gullible children but it is against the law to USE them...shouldn't they just not be available? The city puts on a lovely controlled show in several neighborhoods for those who enjoy the bursts of color.

Quinn was perfectly fine with the idea of just staying home, safely inside, and maybe grilling some swordfish steaks and sweet potatoes and veggie kebobs. Every pup second his motion for fresh strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. The grill idea went on the "Oh YEAH" list.

As usual, Oso had remained quiet as a mouse throughout the conversation. "What would YOU like to do, Little Bear?" I asked. He admitted that he hates all of the noises especially when night falls on Independence Day (the others except for Nuka nodded in agreement) and wondered if we might be able to all cuddle in the bedroom with treats and watch a fun movie that was REALLY loud. But, he added, not one of those foreign films I like because he only speaks dog and English and cannot follow the subtitles well. No one had any specific suggestions except that we should ask our blog friends for ideas. How about it, friends? Know of a good movie that is loud?

Whatever we end up doing on this 4th of July, it will be with an eye toward keeping the WDA safe, hydrated, cool, and unafraid. We wish you all the same.


Nola said...

I'll admit, during my later childhood (after the fireworks were done) we watched Lion King or Lion King 2 every year. And yes, I still do that LOL
Nola's MOm

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Popular independence day movies at the Slimmer household'ums:
1. Independence Day with Bill Paxton and Will Smith
2. Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cangey
3. The Patriot with Mel Gibson

That's about all wesa can come up with right nows. Mamas love that Independence day film about the possiblity of the world being taken by aliens and people coming together to take 'em down. :)

Wesa hopes we were helpful.

Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

PS: Mama Mindy says that the "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is great if you like musicals. :)

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Oops...itsa James Cagney...mistype with all these paws yousa know'ums...and itsa about George M. Cohan's life.
-The Slimmer Puggums

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Have a good time no matter what you do. Most important- stay safe and cool. I will too

Brian said...

Happy 4th of July everyone! Be safe and happy and have lots of tail waggin!

Random Felines said...

we like the idea of keeping cool. the kittens are getting a head start on their snoozing. :) If you want modern movie, the last one mom saw was One For the Money based on the book by Janet Evanovich. Not really loud but fun....

Mr. Pip said...

Absolutely! We will be trying to do the same ...though it is beastly hot out here in the midwest!

Your pal, Pip

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Just across the state line, there are massive tents of fireworks for sale even though most of the cities and towns in our area ban any and all fireworks except for those run by the professionals - and even many of those have been cancelled. It is up to parents to say no, as you did to Michael. Too much risk of fire and harm from them.

We hope you all find a good movie and have a great big cuddletime together.

Happy Independence Day and Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.!!!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Independence Day, dear friends! Stay safe, and stay cool. Big hugs to you all!