Hey there, gentle humans. Do you know what today is? Yes, you’re right … it’s Earth Day. Did you really know that, or did you get the hint from the title of this post? Regardless, today is the day to demonstrate support for protecting our planet’s environment. It was also a beautiful day to get out and take a hike to enjoy our planet and all of its wonders.
That is exactly what dad and I did. We went for a nice hike and took time to consider what it means to protect our environment, and for whom we are protecting it.
I found one answer right away. We are protecting the environment for the animals. No, I don’t mean for domestic puppies like me. I mean for the animals such as the squirrel who lives in this hole in the ground. You gentle humans shouldn’t go around polluting the soil so that he can’t find good food, or places to live, or things like that. After all, without squirrels life would be pretty boring for fast and clever puppies such as myself. Without squirrels, whom would we dogs chase? Without squirrels, at whom would we bark when they climb trees?
I think that you see what I mean …
But it isn’t just the squirrels who need our protection. I know it sounds odd, but even those creatures whom you gentle humans consider evil deserve a safe and healthy place to live. For example, spiders, and rats, and even rattlesnakes! Yes, snakes are good for the environment and we need to watch out for them as well.
Dad spotted this rattler on the trail. He was out lying on the asphalt, soaking up the warmth of the sun. He wasn’t bothering anybody, and so we didn’t bother him. I’m not very interested in snakes, but dad seems to like them. I heard him say once that he and mom have had several different snakes before as pets, such as garter snakes and king snakes and corn snakes, and they even “baby-sat” a boa constrictor for a couple of weeks.
I don’t get it. How could a snake make a good pet? They’re certainly not as clever as a puppy like me. They don’t show affection like a puppy, and they don’t sit in your lap like a puppy. Well, I will grant you that a boa constrictor might like to give you a hug, but that’s not the same thing. I just don’t get it.
But I did get distracted. Back to Earth Day …
One thing that I was very happy to see was no sign of any littering. You gentle humans are evidently doing a very good job of throwing away your trash into the garbage cans. Good for you. I didn’t see any litter anywhere. No soda cans, no candy wrappers, no junk strewn about. You obviously are throwing it all away in these trash cans.
Or maybe you are not using as many things that need to be thrown away. Cutting back on items made of styrofoam or plastic is even better than properly disposing of them.
Look at me, for example. I never use a plastic straw. These things are bad for the environment and can be deadly for animals who ingest them. Besides, I find it hard to drink through a straw. I prefer to get my water directly from a bowl or from a hose. We clever puppies don’t need straws.
Well, we finally finished our Earth Day hike and I found a nice shady place in which to rest. I was hot, and tired, and got some water from a faucet (without using a straw). And then we went home … in a car.
I know, cars are bad for the environment because they use all that oil and fossil fuels. At least dad has a hybrid, so that is better. But it still takes gasoline, and therefore isn’t entirely green.
Mom and dad also have horses. I don’t see why they don’t hitch them up to a wagon and get around town that way? That would be great! I could sit up front like a Dalmatian on a horse-drawn fire engine. It would be a lot of fun!
Besides, I could bark at all the squirrels as we passed them. Yessiree pup, that would be dandy. I’ll have to bark to dad about this idea. If you agree with me, please leave a comment. With enough of you supporting me I bet that we can get him to do this!