04 July 2012

Celebrating America’s Independence!
4th of July 1776-2012!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

~~Lyrics from "America the Beautiful" by Katherine Lee Bates
Poem written in 1895, originally entitled "Pikes Peak," then turned into the song "America the Beautiful" in 1910 with melody by Samuel A. Ward

Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone is celebrating this pawsome holiday and honoring the many things that made America great, such as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet. But most importantly, and the reason we have today to celebrate, the United States Declaration of Independence. To quote its famous second sentence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Great words made more great when respected and put into practice.


Ferdinand Richardt, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, circa 1858-1863 (White House, Washington, D.C., America) [NOTE: Where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and signed.]

Liberty Bell, circa 1752, commissioned by London firm of Lester & Pack, recast in 1753 by Pass & Stow, (Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, America) [NOTE: Rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.]

Back to me...

My human, K, wanted to get some midnight shots of me by our flag in honor of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. He was an American silversmith, early industrialist, and a patriot in the American Revolution, most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord.

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

~~ First stanza of "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, circa 1861

I am not going to woof, "The British are coming! The British are coming!"

It is 101 degrees Fahrenheit. I am a hot dog...without the mustard and pickle relish. BOL!

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the fireworks! And dogs, enjoy the steaks and hamburgers that land on the ground when you "accidentally" knock over the barbeque grill. I'm just sayin'...


ra husky said...

mmmmm, apple pie all around! Happy 4th dear Suka!


Finn said...

BOL! Accidentally? THey know what they're doing! Enjoy the rest of the day!

Sheba. said...

Hi Suka.

Great post.

Happy 4th July. Have a great day.

Take care Sheba.

Nola said...

Happy 4th, Suka!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Suka
I loved your post so much!
Happy 4 th of July
Happy Freedom Day!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hot ??? - That's an understatement!

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

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Let freedom ring! For Every One! Celebrate the bounty that comes with being an American, dear friend. Happy holiday! Nice photos.

Bouncing Bertie said...

We know we're late with the Independence Day greetings. And anyway is it appropriate for British citizens to go round wishing their US cousins a happy 4th July? But whatever, we hope you had a great day.
Toodle pip!
Bertie (and Gail).
PS Yes we did see your excellent questions on the human behaviour post!

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

No steaks and hot dogs here --these poor pups just had to deal with all those loud noises and got nothing in exchange! I'll have to take them for a nice walk today to make up for it:)

Berts Blog said...

Hey Suka, hope you had a wonderful 4th. I like the midnight picture of the flag representing "The Ride" We had a nice quiet 4th but it was all hot...

Today is much cooler.....

Take care

Teddy Bear said...

You are one hot dog, Suka!!!:) We love your photo with the flag.:) We hope you got some goodies that fell off the grille. We had a nibble of grilled shrimp but we were hoping for steak too. We hope you're staying cool. 101 degrees is not cool...at all.:(

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Peggy Frezon said...

Stay cool Suka. Maybe you should go visit the north pole this summer for a little fun.

FiveSibesMom said...

Love your patriotic pics, Suka! Sure hope you and yours had a wonderful Fourth and that you were able to snatch a few burgers! Hope the temps take a dip soon - we are hot dogs right now and not liking it one bit.

haopee said...

Hello Dear Suka.

Still having being baked and grilled under the sun? How long has it been since you guys have been having the heat wave?

Well, you look good with that flag. It just shows how dogs can also be patriotic in nature.

Huggies and Cheese,


Chicco said...

Hello Suka,

I hope you had a geat day!!!!
Have a nice sunday.
Woof, woof,


Chicco said...

Hello dear Suka,

how are you?? It rained in your city?

I will be absent for some time (because of holidays).
See you soon.
Woof, woof,


bbes tribe said...

Hi Suka, Thanks for visiting us. Hope it is cooler where you are. that 101 degrees is TOO hot. Did you get a hamburger or maybe even a steak...We know you wouldn't do it on purpose ;-)

Raelyn said...

What an awesome Blog post!! I truly loved it!! Very reflective!! "America the Beautiful" is one of my favorite patriotic songs!! ;op
Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

haopee said...

Hey Suka. I know your mom must be very busy right now. I hope she's had success in her endeavor. In the mean time, I just wanted to say that I gave you an award in our bloggy at http://www.mydogslove.me/2012/07/mischief-monday-procrastinating-with.html

We hope you could accommodate it when you have the time.

Huggies and Cheese,


As Aventuras de Billy said...

Como tá quentão aí...manda pra cá esse sol, porque aqui só tem chuva e frio e vento!!
Eu não aguento mais!!
To virando um sorvete!!! rsrs!!!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Hey, good friend, we hope K doesn't mind but we used the wonderful piece she wrote about Comparative Oncology for today's post! We are having an awareness and hope-building campaign this week about the evil monster that took the beautiful K and has hurt too many...including a human friend of momma's. Thank you both for supporting our cause! Feel our paws hugging you all.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Please know dear friend that you are on our minds. We send positive thoughts that your summer is not too hot and that you are getting to at least enjoy cool evenings and mornings. Please tell K that her wonderful work has done so much to help publicize and draw participants to the Walks to End Cancer...we are all so grateful (momma especially, because it gave her time to do the other 10,0000 important planning things).

Tanner and Beth said...

Just wanted to stop by and say "been thinking of you!!!" I bet this heat is getting to you too!

Mom is keeping my play time short cause it is so hot! Cant wait for the cool weather!

Doggy Kisses,

♥ Sallie said...

Just flying by!


ra husky said...

Came to look at your pretty pictures angel, all our love,

RA, Isis & Nanük