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Braxton, Our Harrier’s 4th Birthday, July 20, 2017 — McDonald’s As Is Customary.

by Anura Guruge


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Per what is now a fairly long-standing family tradition we take the dogs, on their birthday, to the local McDonald’s (in Alton, NH) for cheeseburgers (in addition to the other times during the year they get treated at McD). I used to get an ice-cream cake for Ulysses, who loved it, but I was never sure whether ice-cream cakes were the best birthday treats for dogs.

Braxton was a rescue dog that we believed was a beagle until we were told he was a harrier — a beagle on steroids. As such we don’t know his real birthday. The vets believe that he was born around the third week of July in 2013. July 20′ was Deanna’s (now deceased) father’s birthday, so she opted to make it Braxton’s official birthday since it would be easy to remember.

So today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 4th birthday — which he shares with Sir Edmund Hillary. It was also the day of the first moon landing.

There is no chance we will forget his birthday. Teischan, now 11, a great fan of birthdays keeps track of the dog’s birthdays. So we were reminded of it for days.

I think the dogs enjoyed the birthday. They went for a swim, in a lake, after that — albeit after about a 90-minute rest to digest the burgers. They get two each now.


Braxton’s 3rd birthday last year.

Déjà vu all over again.


Braxton’s 1st birthday in 2014.


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Braxton’s 3rd Birthday, July 20, 2016 — At Alton McDonald’s.

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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Per what is now a fairly long-standing family tradition we take the dogs, on their birthday, to the local McDonald’s (in Alton, NH) for cheeseburgers (in addition to the other times during the year they get treated at McD). Yesterday, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 3rd birthday. Given that he was a rescue dog we don’t know his real birthday. The vets believe that he was born around the third week of July in 2013. ‘July 20’ was Deanna’s (now deceased) father’s birthday, so she opted to make it Braxton’s official birthday since it would be easy to remember. So that is what it is.

I have no compunctions about giving dogs McD cheeseburgers! I eat them (but not the buns) and the kids eat them. If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for the dogs. I really doubt if there is anything in those (ordered plain) burgers that can truly harm my dogs. The fat, carbs and calories are NOT a problem at all. These dogs get a LOT of exercise — and the vet confirms that they are as fit as can be. They run (at least) 2.5 miles most days and now it is Summer swim in our lake, Halfmoon, for 30 – 40 minutes, non-stop, at least a couple of times a week. Actually that is what we did after the burgers. Down to the beach to swim — and no, the no swimming for 2-hours after a meal does not seem to apply to dogs.

This is trying to put them on leashes and get them out AFTER they have been swimming free, far and wide, for about 30 minutes.


This was a picture from Maya’s 3rd birthday May 15, 2014.

Not much seems to have changed in 2 years!

May 15, 2014 — Maya’s 3rd birthday. Compare with above pictures. Deja vu all over again.


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