The “dog days of summer” actually have nothing to do with dogs (they refer to the Dog Star Sirius and its position in the heavens during a portion of the summer). This summer day, however, is all about dogs.
It’s National Dog Day, an “unofficial” holiday established to acknowledge the benefits and needs of our canine companions. Seeing as how it is unofficial, I’d say it’s open to celebration in any nation.
So hug your dog, adopt a dog, send kind thoughts to the neighbors’ dog whose barking woke you up at 2 A.M. this morning… there are as many ways to celebrate as there are fleas on a dog.
Here’s a shout out to the special dogs in my life:
And lest I get clawed to a bloody pulp, I’ll just toss in some love to one of the cats in my life. She’s not a big fan of National Dog Day. She’s not a big fan of much anything, really. But I’ll leave her story for another day. Like maybe National Curmudgeon Day.
Happy National Dog Day!