Beth Siegalkoff

Today we celebrate our four-legged friends. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

This day is intended to honor dogs for all they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They are life companions to the blind and alert to seizures. Dogs aid in search and rescue and seek out bombs and drugs. Dogs are our confidants; they keep the floor under the dining table clean and let us know a stranger is at the door. They keep us exercising by taking us for walks and they bring us all sorts of objects they find and, last but not least, they keep your toes warm in the winter.

The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness or abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. If you are thinking about becoming a pet parent, visit the local animal shelter and adopt a dog.

By the way, if you are a cat fancier, we will celebrate them on Oct 29.

On another note, have you noticed the crickets and wooly bear caterpillars crawling around? The Farmer’s Almanac says their early appearance is a sign of an early winter. And if the wooly bear has more black in it’s stripes than orange in its coat, it will be a cold winter. And the crickets – noisy little critters are everywhere. They have been sending their mating call for weeks. Although listening to them outside at night is pleasant, when they are hiding in the house and sounding off, it can become annoying.

Of course, this super-hot weather and the smoke may be affecting them too, like it is the rest of us. I am very much ready for a cleansing rain to clear the air and wet down the dust.

The high schools started school with distance learning last week. Please join me in an air High Five. With the exception of the Nationwide Zoom glitch (yes, most of the United States had a Zoom glitch, must have been an overload), I have heard nothing but praise and support for our schools’ staff. It is a new adventure in learning for all of us, and our staff and students have met the challenge.

And memories are being made. Don’t get me wrong, mixing it up has it merits – keeps us on our toes, but I prefer the old-fashioned way of learning – students and staff in classrooms at school. Especially since Galt High has that beautiful new two-story science building and Liberty Ranch is returning to the newly renovated 700 Agriculture building.

All Herald Community Club events have been canceled for 2020, according to the marquee at Herald Park. The COVID virus is responsible, but a vaccine is on the horizon. I am looking forward to celebrating the 40th Herald Day in 2021. However, the virus didn’t stop Herald 4-H. They just got creative. They will be Zooming their main meetings and project meetings. Where there is a will, there is a way.

Recipe of the day: Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Flower of the day: Snow in Summer

Dates to remember:

Sept. 2 – 75th Commemorative of the End of World War II

Sept. 2 – Harvest Full Moon

Sept. 7 – Labor Day

Sept. 11 – Patriot’s Day

Sept. 22 – Autumnal Equinox

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.