It is dog-gone hot

...but it is almost over

by Casa

This is about my friends in the neighborhood and all our friends around the area.

I have heard the humans talk about the heat and humidity of these sweltering days of summer, but they just do not know how hot it really is.

We are going through what is clearly called "The dog days of summer." For the canine world this lasts from early July to early or mid September. Actually about 20 days before and 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the Dog Star) and the sun is the time span documented.                                          

I know I am lucky to be in a home with two parents that enjoy the air conditioner. I very often find myself lying stretched out on the wooden floor under the stream of cool air coming from the wall.

My parents, and many humans complain about humidity but most of them are in shorts and tee shirts. I love my parents but for heaven sakes,I am in a fur coat and some of my friends have very heavy coats.

My walk is as early as my parents get up in the morning, usually between 7 and 8am. I see some of my friends out during the day and they are definitely panting for air. Although I bark a welcome to them they do not reply for the heat is to much to exert the energy.

We usually go to the school yard to play in the evening but not many of my friends are showing up these days. The air is still heavy at 8pm and most of my buddies are home with their parents.

Don't get me wrong summer is good when I am in Maine and can get into the lake. This time of year dogs are not allowed on any of the local beaches. I can also lie under the pine trees in the shade and the temperature is not as humid in my vacation home up north.                          

My parents make sure I always have plenty of water to drink, often with ice cubes. This is great for I do get very thirsty during these days even with the air conditioner on.

It has been an especially hot season for the canine world but it is almost over. We are a sturdy breed of animal and we have gone this far this year, but we really look forward to fall.

September 4, 2009

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