Have your annual St. Paddy’s Day celebration plans with friends and family and maybe hundreds or thousands of other people now changed due to the COVID-19? I know mine have. In an effort to slow the spread of this disease and to protect others, most of us have chosen to opt out of celebrating the holiday with large groups of people. Not only has the St. Patrick’s Day parades been canceled, but there has been a complete halt to a lot communal events and activities; such as children’s sports, public sporting events, going out to restaurants, family gatherings, etc. So what are we to do with ourselves in this time of expected solitude. There is so much more than locking ourselves in a house full of toilet paper and Lysol mist.
Go for a hike, it might be a chilly one, but nature will not infect you and unless you’re high-fiving or allowing yourself to be sneezed on other hikers you should be able to avoid the risk. Don’t want to brace the chilly weather? Go for a drive through the Rockies! Throw on your favorite St. Paddy’s Day t-shirt, load up a couple of healthy friends, pack a lunch, and spend the day viewing the beautiful Colorado scenery. Invite your friends over to wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, hose them down with antibacterial chemical spray, serve the green beer, and enjoy each other’s company over a game of cards. My point is, don’t torture yourself with locking yourself inside away from others, continue to interact while still being thoughtful to the purpose of trying to control something that may not directly affect you, but may affect your loved ones. Respect the greater cause while still being a happy lad.
Wishing you all a HAPPY, SAFE, & HEALTHY St. Patrick’s Day!
Colorado ranks at the top in pet-friendly states alongside Maine, Virginia, Arizona, and Oklahoma. Filled with dog parks and pet-focused businesses, such as doggy daycare, puppy spas, and canine hotels, Colorado really knows how to socialize and spoil our furry friends. As developers build new communities and architects design new homes and businesses, our four-legged family members’ lifestyles are considered and planned for. “Puppers” are included in our everyday lives in Colorado. There isn’t a brewery that doesn’t allow the human and dog duo to enjoy a beer in each other’s company or a new community that doesn’t have a space for dogs to run and exercise.
Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle is a dog’s dream. As most Coloradans know, there is no better pair than you and a four-legged companion to joyfully lead the way on a Rocky Mountain hike. With endless trails, rivers, and lakes Colorado is heaven on earth for our residents and visitors.
These are a few reasons why Colorado is one of the best places for you and your dog, but there is so much more that goes into a state’s pet-friendly ranking than just dog parks to pet-friendly housing. Safewise sat down and looked at information from the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and other online pet-related resources. They specifically looked for high-percentages of no-kill shelters, strict anti-cruelty laws, pet-friendly public areas like dog-friendly restaurants and off-leash dog parks, and housing restrictions to compile a list of the top 10 most dog-friendly states in the country. It is an honor to have Colorado be part of such a list. So, if dogs are part of your family or you simply want to be surrounded by them, Colorado is the state for you.