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Dog Days of Summer…

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Why do they call it the “dog days of summer,” anyway?

I mean, not everyone has dogs. And those who do mostly worry about how well their dogs will do in the heat.

But perhaps that’s why…the heat is notoriously bad for most dogs, and it’s also notoriously bad for humans with asthma (raise your hands in solidarity, people), or heart issues, or those with any long-term illnesses whatsoever.

Dogs, mind you, are very cute, heat or no heat. They always let you know they love you. They want to be petted and coddled. And they certainly love their food, as unlike most humans in the heat, dogs do not care when it comes to their dinner. (Wink.)

Anyway, if you live in much of the United States this week, you know the heat is dreadful, and the humidity is worse. But if you live in Southeastern Wisconsin, you may be pardoned if you think this weather is closer to the tropical rain forests of Brazil, or maybe Malaysia, than Wisconsin.

Why? Well, our heat index is very high at the moment. That’s because the humidity is exceptionally high for this area, and it adds to the misery of high temperatures something fierce. (They may as well call it “heat misery index,” as that would be truth in advertising. But I digress.)

All we can do is wait this bad weather out. Pay attention to it, of course. Pay attention to your animals, too, and make sure they always have cool water.

And if you’re asthmatic, make sure you know where your rescue inhaler is at all times.

But for all of you dealing with the high heat/humidity mix right now, just remember this: be good to yourselves. Don’t expect miracles, as the heat scatters thought and makes it harder to follow through, physically, on any number of things.

That said, you can still do things, even in this horrible heat, if you are careful and plan well and take breaks. So do be careful, do plan well, and do take many breaks…and stay as cool as possible, OK?

How do you stay cool in the high heat? Tell me about it in the comments!


Written by Barb Caffrey

July 19, 2019 at 3:41 am

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    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    July 19, 2019 at 8:41 am

  2. Hi Barb.
    We’ve had our dog-days too over in the UK, only they are coming in fits and starts. One day wet and cold, the next day Too Hot. I feel so sorry for those large dogs with thick coats, their expressions seem to say (Find me a pond, a stream, any big piece of water…please)
    (Back story I was Woebegonebuthopeful, until Word Press & Akismet between them decided I was a Spambot. So I had to zap my entire blog and start again…..I still am Roger from the UK btw. Anyway I am slowly building up contacts with my old WP friends….it has to be a slow process lest Akismet decides too much writing is spamish and plays the same stupid trick!)
    Glad to be back
    All the best


    July 31, 2019 at 4:16 am

    • I’m sorry to hear that WP gave you problems. Roger. I know you’re not a Spambot.

      Sorry that you are having your own trials with weather. And I agree, those poor dogs with their huge, furry coats…I feel bad for them during the hot, humid days of summer, that’s for sure!

      Glad you’re back, and do take care.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 5, 2019 at 12:59 am

      • Thanks Barb.
        I will, and if WP & Akismet plays the same dirty tricks again I’ll give the very same response!


        August 5, 2019 at 2:52 am

      • I don’t blame you one whit, either. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        August 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm

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