“Dog” Days of Summer?

By Fred

The temperature’s supposed to hit 101 degrees today — hot enough to barbecue a cat on a hot tin roof. We have reached the dog days of summer.

To us cats, it’s no surprise steamy days that make you regret being furry have a canine association. It’s August and summer is going to the dogs. Hurricanes are popping up on both coasts, the stock market is making a suicide plunge, and man’s inhumanity to man is on every page of the newspaper.

Dogs thrive on misery like this. You can beat ’em, tie ’em to a tree all day with no water bowl, throw sticks off cliffs and tell them to go fetch. They love it and keep coming back for more.

Besides, calling such miserable weather “Cat Days” would be ludicrous and nonsensical.

But if there were such a thing as “Cat Days,” they’d be in the spring when you want to dash outside and chase butterflies, or lie in sweet grass so green and lush you’re tempted to pet it. Or they’d be on the cusp between fall and winter when you can curl up in front of a cozy fire with great book and a hot toddy. (Actually, I’d curl up on Karen’s good book and spill her hot toddy.)

As for this pad-scorching melt-down that’s good for nothing but raising the price of shade, the dogs can have it.

9 Responses to “Dog” Days of Summer?

  1. Joanaroo says:

    Hi Fred! Hopefully it’s nice and air conditioned at the Rainbow Bridge! My cats Ginger, Grayson, and 3 others who succumbed to kidney disease and hyperthyroidism: Sarah, Rachel and Sherbert all hated having to go to the vet in hot weather but loved lying in the sun on hot days in the air-conditioned and fan-circulated sunroom. We use an electric heater out there in the fall and winter and they love it out there.

  2. Joanaroo says:

    Now Fred, as for me I hate hot and humid weather We were lucky this past summer since 90 and 100 degree days were few and far between. The down side was it was damp and rainy and still pretty humid. I’m more of a Fall and nice snowy Winter kind of person. Last winter we had hardly any snow so I hope this winter we have alot of snow. But I feel as you and many cats do – Dog Days are for the dogs!

  3. Tuxi says:

    Hi! Mom is eating her pre-Super Bowl pizza slices so she handed me her Samsung Sway. I loved watching this mini-blizzard Friday night. Mom’s phone allows her to take night pix so she got some cool pix with snow so hard it looks foggy. We live a quarter mile from the Pottstown, PA Home Depot and with their lights, the parking lot looks beautiful with an orange/blue/white fog of heavy snow!

  4. Tuxi says:

    Now, as to hot weather I become Tropical Tuxi on August 11. I like to lie on the bow window shelf in the sunroom and I’ll tell you if we’ll have 6 more weeks of summer or an early fall. On average during that week, if we have an early fall I will lie on my stomach on the shelf. If it will remain hot and humid and you will find me lying on my back on the shelf most times. I’m slower than P. Phil, but good!

  5. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, what a small world! Karen is planning to eat pizza DURING the Super Bowl. While watching another channel. Football is something that never darkens the TV screen in this house. We don’t even know who’s playing. Tomorrow morning we will read the headline and find out who won, and then promptly forget.

    The “blizzard” in our part of town (South side of Richmond) was a let-down. We only got maybe 3-4″, even though it snowed almost all day. Karen was able to push the snow around with one hand on the shovel. Cleaning off the car was the worst, since we don’t have a garage. From our warm, dry spot on the table in front of the kitchen picture window, it was utterly exhausting to watch her struggle to scrape the undercoating of ice from the windshield. We all had to take a nap afterward.

    Since you seem to be a new faithful reader, you’ll have to be sure and share with us your prognostication for the weather come August. It sounds like the Weather Channel should be tapping into your talent.

  6. Tuxi says:

    Mom loves to watch the Weather Channel but I love to sleep on her lap when it’s on. If I’m awake I love to watch the spotlights shine off Jim Cantore’s bald head! If I was on there I’d sneak up on Jim when he’s seated at the desk and rub his head with my front paws to read the weather prognostications he can predict! And Jim, one of the previous humans who abandoned me had me front declawed, so you’re safe!

  7. Tuxi says:

    Yes, we declawed cats do miss our front claws, especially during vet visits! Weather-wise, we missed the 8″-10″ they called for Mon. and Tues. this week. Now they’re saying we may get snow next Monday night into Wednesday. Stay tuned!

  8. catsworking says:

    Tuxi, you are really dipping back into the archives here.

    We also happen to have a fondness for baldies at Cats Working. Yul’s middle name is Brynner.

  9. Tuxi says:

    Oops! 83-103! That’s alot of snow! I mean 8 to 10 inches. Not sure what they think we’ll get next week. Mom has VHS tapes of 80s and 90s Weather Channel programming she’s going to put on DVD. Jim Cantore-if you’re reading this-we have a Weather Channel promo you did on a Jet Ski where you had a head full of beautiful hair! What the hell happened?!!

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