It’s fun to dress our pets up and take pictures of them. They can’t get much cuter and while we know down deep they hate it, we love it. They put up with it because they love us and want to please us. Most of the photos are of dogs, as most cats simply won’t put up with it. Occasionally you can get a cat to pose, maybe even put them in some sort of outfit, but be warned, they will get their revenge sometime, somewhere.
Horses can be used from time-to-time. Nothing against horses but they don’t really know any better. Give them an apple or a cube of sugar and they will let you do practically anything to them.
It is the dog that most likely will end up in our All American Pet Photos.
But maybe there is another reason why they allow us to take their pictures. Maybe in their love for us they become the true patriots amongst us. They don’t ask why, and they may fuss, but they will do what we want and quite often take it a step further, like….
Chips, a Collie, German Shepherd, Siberian Huskie mix, who was the most decorated dog of World War 2. He won the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Service medals. Of course the Army took them away but he knew he was a hero. He survived the war, returning home to live out the rest of his life.
Today, dogs serve us in many ways. They are not only our friends and our buddies, they guard our military bases, assist our law enforcement officers, search for drugs and explosives, and provide their special noses in finding those who need rescuing.
So when you are taking your pictures of your cute fuzzies think about it for a moment.
Maybe we should be taking pictures of ourselves and giving it to them instead. There are times when pets are the true heroes, the true patriots because they do what they do without question, all for the love of their people.
How to celebrate – Give your dog, cat, horse, or whatever a hug for putting up with you. Make sure to give them a treat for stepping beyond what they have to do. Just love them as much as they love you and they will be happy forever.