Today is National Dog Day!
It was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, a dog trainer, dog rescue advocate and author. The day is intended to bring awareness to dogs needing to be adopted from shelters, to honor family dogs and to recognize working dogs who provide comfort and safety for us.
So, be extra kind to your family dog(s) today. Ours, being ruled by her tummy, is getting an egg as the extra part of dinner today, plus more than the usual amounts of rubs. We even had a handyman over this morning to spice up her day.
What geography or map goes with Dog Day? Well, a map of London, of course! On the eastern portion of the city across the Themes from Greenwich is the Isle of Dogs. The Isle of Dogs is a peninsula, but we’ll go with the flow. With murky origins to the name, the best guess is that this is where Edward III (ruled England 1327-1377) kept his greyhounds.
Thus, here is a view of London from 1753 by Bowles. There are no dogs in the image unless they are in one of the many boats shown floating on the Thames.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.