August is here and with it come what are known as the dog days of summer. I love summer so I am excited about all of the aspects of summer, with the exception of humidity and hurricanes/tropical storms. What do ‘dog days of summer’ mean anyway? It originated from the days that follow the rising of the star Sirius, which is a very bright star and is often followed by heat and crazy weather. And today I thought I’d share some of the ways that I’m embracing summer’s ‘dog days’, as a dog and summer lover.
Of course one of a dog’s favorite things is food, and it’s something I love as well. Summer is full of all kinds of great produce and I’ve really been embracing all the fresh farm grown veggies that are available this time of year. There’s a direct connection for me between summer and food, because if you think about the road trips and vacations you’ve taken in the past, there’s a good chance there was food involved (both snacks in the car and farm stands at the side of the road), and if you think about all the summer picnics and barbecues and potlucks and family gatherings, all of them featured food too.
Next, dogs love to play and summer is a great provider of tons of opportunities to play. From frolicking in the sprinkler, chasing fireflies, riding bikes, swimming, building sand castles, and late night walks under the stars to games of volleyball and Frisbee, there’s a fun activity for everyone to enjoy. Summer is long enough that we can enjoy our favorite activities more than once or spread out the fun over the whole summer.
Finally, dogs are really good at resting. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve chuckled over the position a dog sleeps in sometimes. When they’re not in the regular curled-up position, they can be hanging off furniture or off their dog bed or with all their feet in the air and be perfectly capable of deep sleep. They’re also good at being able to nod off anywhere and anytime. The lazy summer days are a great time to get in some rest and let your mind and body slow down a bit and recharge for the next fun activity.
The next time you see a dog, maybe thank them for reminding you what you can do with the dog days of summer, days that not everyone enjoys.