Canada Day. But….

Frodo here blog aficionados. On this the birthday of Canada. And yes. The worst head gear ever.

Now what I am about to write is not meant in any way to be disrespectful or to upset people. And please keep in mind while reading my opinions that I AM just a dog….

There have been some difficult times in the Great White North of late. Canada has discovered and begun to acknowledge some sad reminders of its past – a past that was not always kind to Indigenous peoples. Yes – Canada – the “nice country” has been far from nice. Humans against humans. A concept we canines do not completely understand….

Because of the recent reminders of the bad Canadians, many have suggested that Canada not celebrate its birthday this year. That instead, we take time to remember those Indigenous peoples who were treated terribly. And this is a noble and honorable approach.

On the other hand, we have those who feel great sorrow for that terrible chapter in history. And disdain for those who caused such hardship and suffering. But those people also feel respect and admiration for “the good guys” in Canadian history – those who served to defend this country in times of war – and those who built this country on the best of intentions. And there are many. Like any book, there are bad chapters. And good. One does not trump the other.

We cannot control nor erase the past. But we can learn from it. And hopefully alter our behavior for the future.

Celebrations may be toned down this year, and frankly if there are no fireworks- that is a very good thing – given the fear many dogs have of the mini explosions.

In our home, we acknowledge and feel badly about the horrible past treatment of humans. Dogs should never be treated in such a way – let alone humans! We will treat today as a somber reminder – but also as an opportunity to appreciate those things that ARE good about Canada. And there ARE many. The Dollar Store not being one of them.

Be kind to one another…

Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.

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