Just in time for the Fourth of July, GDB breeder dog Stella, above, proudly poses in front of the red, white and blue. Terry Meyers, Stella's breeder keeper, submitted this regal photo to Martha Stewart's online "Patriotic Pets" photo competition (check it out and pass it along!), and writes:
"Stella is a breeder dog for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA. She has had two litters of puppies, 19 total. The first puppy graduated last weekend with his new blind partner. Stella loves to be photographed and we took this photo last year on the Fourth. The picture will appear on the Guide Dogs for the Blind 2010 calendar. It will be Stella's third appearance in the calendar."
We may be biased, but we think Stella's photo is Yankee Doodle Dandy!
But speaking of the Fourth of July, just a friendly reminder that your pooch may not enjoy the festivities as much as you do. Keep in mind that parades are crowded, noisy places with lots of potentially scary sights and sounds (sirens! horses! clowns!), and that fireworks can be downright terrifying to your dog. With all the commotion, combined with potentially triple-digit temperatures, you should think twice before including Fido in your celebration. A cool, calm indoor location at home might just be the best spot for your dog to spend the day.