If the Dog Days of Summer teach us anything, then they teach us about staying cool. As the summer rolls along families enjoy vacation time together and create some lasting memories. At the same time, friends begin to gather and share their summer stories. All while trying to beat the heat. To continue the #RelaxPlaySwim summer mindset, there is still a great way to enjoy the summer with your most loves ones. dog_says_hi Enter the Dog Days of Summer Photo Contestfor a chance to win some NAMCO gift certificates. To join the fun, then simply submit a picture of your dog enjoying summer to Facebook (or Instagram or Twitter!) and include #namcodogdays for a chance to win. To increase your chances, then like and share your favorite photos with your friends and family.

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The photo contest is another way we can engage with our community. As a local business, then we understand the importance of maintaining a positive role in the neighborhoods that we serve. It is a lesson that we learned (and continue to learn) over the years. Dogs show unrestrained passion and faithful commitment to their friends and family. If you treat dogs (and really all animals) with respect, then they will respond with warmth and energy to brighten your day.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ― Josh Billings

As we reflect on the summer and our effort to provide interesting topics that contribute to a fun-filled summer, we have learned some lessons. Here are some life lessons that we learned from some classic dogs days of summer movies. 1. We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments: The Cesare Pavese quote is exemplified by Squints and Wendy Peppercorn in The Sandlot. Life provides some unique experiences and these are the memories of a good life.

2. Life is Like a Box of Chocolates: The unexpected is part of life and nobody embodies the ability to adapt to new situations like Forrest Gump. As Forrest says, “you never know what you’re gonna get” but you can always embrace a positive attitude to find the bright side of life.

3. Its Only a Game: Meeting the family of a significant other is important. Everyone wants to be liked and as Greg Focker (played by Ben Stiller) shows in Meet the Fockers, sometimes this can be difficult. Try to keep your composure.

4. Home is Where the Heart Is: As life goes on, then we grow up and sometimes move away from our childhood home. In the Zach Braff film Garden State then we learn that home is where the heart is, regardless of how your life happens.

5. Life is Not a Problem to be Solved, but a Reality to be Experienced: Dogs really demonstrate the fact that life is a reality to be experienced as Soren Kierkegaard noted. In Marley and Me, does anyone teach experience more than Marley?

6. Safety First: In life, sometimes we want to take set sail with the wind at our backs. Often, this is great advice, but as Andy Samberg shows in Hot Rod, sometimes some precautions help live to see another day.

7. It’s Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight, But the Size of the Fight in the Dog: Courage is a character trait that Beethoven has in spades. And when the size of the fight matches the size of the dog, then support those friends for life.

8. Life is Really Simple, But We Insist on Making It Complicated: Best in Show provides a great example to support this classic Confucius saying. We make life a little more difficult on ourselves at times. Keep it simple and don’t feel so busy.

9. Imagination is More Important than Knowledge: Is there a better childhood toy that teaches creativity more than legos? As Einstein noted and The Lego Movie epitomizes sometimes we just need to play and experience awesome.

10. Wait 30 Minutes after Eating before Swimming: There are some general rules of thumb to heed. Caddyshack illuminates the rule that we should wait a little bit after eating before we jump in the pool

11. Stop and Smell the Roses: Life goes by pretty fast. In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off we learn to stop and look around.

What have you learned from your favorite movies? Please join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook to find out more life lessons that keep you in the summer spirit!