My life has been split between living in two nations -- Canada and the U.S.
Yep. That's how us humans roll...we express our feelings by involving our animal companions...who tend to be very tolerant of our need to dress them up :-)
Pavement can get very hot at this time of year, so keep an eye on the pad's of the dog's feet -- they can get burned if left on a hot surface too long. This is a great time of year to relax around water. Green grass also tends to be easier on a pup's feet than does pavement -- all things in reasonable measures, including the time you spend parading on pavement.
I've always found that when the outside world is, for whatever reason a little chaotic, there is solace in the company of a dog.
I hope that is true for you also!