The incredible life of me, Roxy Dragon Pebbles, otherwise known as The Devil Dog and my new sister, Juliet, and my new brother, Loopy. I have no idea what I did to deserve that name! Honest! Just because I'm a black dog doesn't mean I'm naughty dog.
Juliet is walking much better lately. Mom doesn't have to drag her half way through the walk only to be dragged home. Juliet is still afraid of garbage toters and SUV's, but she enjoys walking with Mom and when they go out they usually walk 1-1/2 miles.
Juliet always sleeps well after a walk. So does Mom.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements
grew, different groups of trade unionists chose a variety of days on
which to celebrate labor. In the United States a September holiday
called Labor Day was first proposed in the 1880s. An early history of
the holiday dates the event's origins to a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882.
In conjunction with this clandestine Knights assembly a public parade
of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the
auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire
is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday
subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the
aftermath of this successful public demonstration.
Following the deaths of workers at the hands of United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894 in Chicago, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve legislation to make Labor Day a national holiday and President Grover Cleveland signed it into law six days after the end of the strike.
Cleveland supported the creation of the national holiday in an attempt
to shore up support among trade unions following the Pullman Strike. The date of May 1 (an ancient European holiday known as May Day) was an alternative date, celebrated then (and now) as International Workers' Day,
but President Cleveland was concerned that observance of Labor Day on
May 1 would encourage Haymarket-style protests and would strengthen socialist and anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair on International Workers' Day.