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Celebrating Labor Day with your dog

September 1, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

A German Shepherd dog at work.

A German Shepherd dog at work.

Today, September 1st, is Labor Day. This day, the first Monday in September, was set aside by Congress and President Grover Cleveland after the federal marshals and the Army killed 30 striking Pullman workers in 1894. This day is meant to recognize the American worker, and their contributions to our country. It’s not something we recognize much anymore, but it is a day we should all remember.

For many of us, Labor Day signals the end of summer and beginning of students heading back to school. It is a day we barbecue and have picnics or make our way back from vacation. Here in Minnesota, it is also your last chance to visit the state fair and enjoy a pronto pup or some fried cheese curds or a fresh, hand-squeezed lemonade. It’s a day to be with family and friends.

It may seem odd that dogs would somehow fit into this day, but in searching the internet I found a few Labor Day events that celebrate dogs:

  • Alabama: In the Key Underwood Coon Dog Graveyard , residents get together to celebrate the loyal lives of coon dogs long passed.
  • Washington DC: The annual Day of the Dog is held in the Congressional Cemetery and includes activities for both pets and their owners.
  • Ohio: In Cleveland, patrons can join the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest and enjoy the wiener dog races.
  • New York: Labor Day also signals the beginning of long walks with your dog on a beach. In many cities, like Fire Island, New York, dogs are banned from beaches from spring to Labor Day. Bur after Labor Day, dogs and their owners can walk the shoreline in relative peace.

Here at Casa del Mel we will be celebrating the day with a walk at our local dog park and relaxing with each other. What do you and your pooch have planned for today?

  1. fredrieka
    September 1, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    nothing happening here for dogs but next Saturday is the Mutt March in the park can not wait

  2. September 1, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    We have Labour Day up in Canada too, just with an extra U in it. 😜

    It’s going to rain up here, so we plan to spend a lazy relaxing day indoors doing as little labour as possible. 😉

  3. September 1, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    We are in Canada as well. It is overcast right now, but is suppose to get sunny. We are spending the day at the dog park!

  4. September 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    We are celebrating by just hanging out together, walking and working on or nose work and tracking stuff. Happy Labor Day!

    • Mel
      September 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Sounds like the perfect day!

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