Is everyone enjoying the dog days of summer? I can’t believe summer is almost over and students will be going back to school soon and the days will get shorter and cooler! Where did the time go?
Our enthusiasm about fun-in-the-sun summer around here is a little dampened by the devastating Soberanes Fire, which is still out of control and is causing all kinds of problems for people and pets in Monterey County.
There is so much to be concerned about when a wildfire is raging in your own backyard, of course, but please watch out for your pet’s welfare too. We can’t tell our masters that the smoke is bothering us or the sound of sirens and airtankers are scaring us, so please keep an eye on us and look for the little signs that we may be suffering.
It could be something as simple as us not eating when we should, sleeping a lot or acting a little strange, although that’s pretty common with my siblings (kidding, guys!). After all, we have to communicate through our body language and maybe the imploring look in our eyes. OK, so some of us might whine and whimper — not me, of course! — but if they do, they’re talking to you, so listen up.
Now back to the dog days of summer. I always thought they called it that because of hot summer days make us a little lethargic and force us to take long naps in the shade.
Not so. Back in the olden days, dog days ran from July 14 through Sept. 5, but the Old Farmer’s Almanac says it’s from July 3 to Aug. 11, and that it coincides with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. The ancient Romans noticed that the hot days coincided with the rising of Sirius. Yes, Sirius is the brightest star, but it’s 8.7 light-years away and 50 trillion miles from Earth!
And you know what goes great with the dog days? Ice cream, of course. It’s a good thing there’s at least nine ice cream or frozen treats days in August! There’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug. 2), National Root Beer Float Day (Aug. 6), National Creamsicle Day (Aug. 14), Black Cow Root Beer Float Day (Aug. 19), and National Spumoni Day ( (Aug. 21), among others.
But the real reason to hail the month of August, which, by the way, has no official national holidays, is that it has — ta-da! — National Dog Day, Aug. 26, which is like your birthday and 4th of July rolled into one!
National Dog Day is a day to honor us and to rescue our fellow four-legged friends from homelessness and abuse. It’s an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
One of the goals is to rescue dogs in need. National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation, and their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time.” So lend a hand, not just on Aug. 26, but any day!
Funny enough, there are a few more dog-related days in August, including Aug. 5, Work Like a Dog Day (which I don’t recommend!), Assistance Dogs Day (Aug. 8), International Homeless Animals Day (Aug. 20), and Holistic Pet Day (Aug. 30).
But August also has a couple of days for mom and dad too. There’s National White Wine Day on Aug. 3 and International Cabernet Sauvignon Day on Aug. 30 for mom and Chef Appreciation Day on Aug. 14. Cheers!
But the strangest celebration has got to be Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day on Aug. 8. Not sure where that came from, but it had to come from a poor gardener who planted too much zucchini!
Enjoy the rest of the dog days of summer and please stay safe out there and help your neighbors in need! Even if it’s with a little bit of zucchini!