Dogs Days of Summer

“Dog Days”  are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September. In the southern hemisphere they are usually between January and early March. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by a  lack of progress. The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather.


The end of summer does not seem to curtail a dog’s joy of fetching. . .

 Patrolling. . .

Retrieving. . .

  Greeting. . .

 or Playing. . .

I love this exuberant pack of hounds frolicking on these jet skis~

And this unlikely pair of companions waiting for their owner’s boat to return. . .

 “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras

In 2010, for every Fan or Like of The PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive at, PEDIGREE® Brand donated 8 oz. of PEDIGREE® Brand Dry Food for Dogs to animal shelters selected by PEDIGREE® Brand, up to a total of 2 million lbs. of food, the equivalent of one bowl of food for each of the estimated four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescue organizations each year.

 Hoping the Dog Days of Summer are soon behind you :-)

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  31 comments for “Dogs Days of Summer

  1. September 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    What a great post!! Absolutely love it.
    Gorgeous photos!

  2. September 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

    So, so true. The first thing I see in the morning is my sweet sheltie and that’s a perfect way to start a day. Loved this quote. :) Nancy

  3. September 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

    What beautiful pictures, all those in our home are lovers of dogs and these pictures just lift me up this morning. Thank you for your lovely post and perspective.

  4. September 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Oh, to have their energy!!! Great photos.

  5. September 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Love the photos. Everyone here seems to have a dog, and I keep trying to photograph, but they won’t always pose! No boating today as it is gray and quite cool. Have a great day. L

  6. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 19, 2010 at 10:45 am

    They all look like they’re having a great time! The weather’s been very nice in Philly this past week:@)

  7. September 19, 2010 at 10:49 am

    What fun to have so many dogs that live around you to enjoy roaming on the docks, swimming in the lake, and riding on those beautiful boats. Gives a whole new meaning to “it’s a dog’s life.” ;-)
    Have to say that living with a dog is oh so wonderful!
    Great post as always! ~ Sarah

  8. September 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Smooches to all those pooches–but especially your two!

  9. September 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    love all these shots, nothing more fun then happy dogs! super pics, you captured so many fantastic moments!

  10. Ann
    September 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Another beautiful post. It looks like Chloe and Gracie are really enjoying lake life. How we love our dogs!!!

  11. September 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This post makes me so happy. I just never tire of seeing dogs being dogs and having fun.

  12. September 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Great photos! We certainly do experience the ‘dog days of summer’ downunder! They’re not all that far away unfortunately.

  13. September 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I love this post :) Those pups are definitely having some fun dog days! Great shots, so sweet!

  14. September 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I just love all those dogs. Great photos and mosaic!

  15. September 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    What a great post about mans best friend! Here’s hoping the dog days are leaving soon!!!!!!

  16. A Garden of Threads
    September 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    So cute, the mosaic are wonderful. Happy Happy dog by the water.

  17. September 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Omigosh, how wonderful! Thanks for sharing these happy puppies at MM. :)

  18. Vee
    September 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Wonderful collection of mosaics featuring pups. Some of them made me laugh out loud!

  19. Pat
    September 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Your dogs are so cute! I have noticed that dogs don’t seem to be effected as badly by the heat as cats are. Happy MM!

  20. September 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Such wonderful photos!

    My furry friends get so much friskier as the air cools. It’s funny, my Dolce who is 4, becomes almost puppy like with the cooler air.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  21. September 20, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Your photos and mosaics really brightened my day. Dogs do know how to enjoy life, don’t they.

  22. Pondside
    September 20, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Gorgeous photos of those beautiful dogs. We lost our dear little Cairn, Rosie this weekend. Lovely to see such healthy, happy dogs.

  23. September 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

    It is the same word in my language, Hundstage = Dog Days, very good shots you made your post with. I just see you also like eat, pray and love it is one of my favorite books! Have a great week!

  24. September 20, 2010 at 4:31 am

    This was the BEST post Mary! Each and every single dog seems to be enjoying themselves!!! They just love the water!!! Love the one of the big dog and the tiny little dog waiting for the owner to return!! And yours are just beautiful…of course!! Mine are in desperate need of a groom right now!!

  25. September 20, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Some pretty cute friends you found there. Our furry friends know how to have fun.

  26. September 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Beautiful pictures and I love the quote.
    Many of the fur babies look like they were posing for you.

  27. Pat
    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    What a perfect “A” post! Your animal photos are gorgeous.

    Mary, I added your blog to my sidebar as I enjoyed reading through your past posts so much. You are such a wonderful writer, photographer and reader! I enjoyed your review about the Winery Dogs of Napa Valley very much and also the review about Paula Deen’s city of Savannah.

    I became a fan of Pedigree on facebook and I’ll post the message on my personal facebook page. Thanks!

  28. August 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    What a fun post! I love to watch dogs. They sure do like the water when it gets warm!

  29. August 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Great photos!! What a nice tribute to our furry friends!!

  30. August 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Great post!! love the one with the large dog with the Weiner dog too funny.

  31. August 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Aren’t dogs such characters?
    Joyce M

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