Asserting My Independence

While everyone in England had to go to work yesterday, Doc and I were thankful to have the day off. Back in 1776, because most colonists no longer wanted to be under British rule, a resolution for independence was adopted, and on July 4th the Continental Congress formerly adopted the Declaration of Independence.

I can relate to to wanting your independence. Now don’t get me wrong, most of the time Doc is very good to me, but there are other times I know how the colonists must have felt being under Britain’s tyrannical rule. So I decided to adopt my own declaration that outlined what I will and will not put up with moving forward.

Just like Thomas Jefferson, the first draft of my declaration took awhile, but after some consultation with my next door doggie friend named Franklin, (after Benjamin Franklin) I had my final document.

Feeling somewhat nervous about how Doc would respond, I approached her with cautious assertiveness. She respectfully read over my demands to be free, then looked at me over her glasses and said, ” I will grant you your independence Grover, but just like the colonists, you will now be totally responsible for taking care of your own needs. No more free housing, a soft bed to sleep in, pup cups from Dairy Queen, veterinary care, dog toys, treats, vacations to the lake or food. You will totally be on your own. But I will grant your request if that’s what you want.”

I was shocked and shivers went down my spine. Apparently I had not thought this through and quickly decided to rescind my request. Maybe for this dog independence wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Luckily Doc agreed and we did what any red blooded American would do on the 4th of July, we went to the parade and then came home and had hot dogs for dinner.

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