Dog days of summer / Los dias de perros

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According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, an American tradition since 1792, the Dog Days of summer begin 3 July and last for 40 days, until 11 August. So, I wasn’t surprised when I saw that the dogs (above) had returned to the nearby terrace (click here). The two from previous years have been joined by a new friend.

The rest of the post has nothing to do with dogs, however, because the cats would not be pleased. So, now it’s all about them. Although they love it out on the terrace, they come inside during the heat of the day to relax in air-conditioned comfort. And they love our siestas. They turned 11 on 1 July! I think they’ve adjusted to life with us.

On a sidenote, my entire life I’ve heard people quote the Old (and New) Farmer’s Almanac when it came to predicting the weather for the coming year. I could never understand how the Farmer’s Almanacs could map out the entire year when TV meteoroligists often don’t get it right the same day. Well, it turns out they’re no better than modern-day forecasters. The almanacs are only right about half the time.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once a day.
Walking: 4 km / 2.5 miles Sunday.
Gym: Still no gym thanks to the arm. Will do what I can at home.


Según el Old Farmer’s Almanac [viejo almanaque del granjero], una tradición americana desde 1792, los Dog Days of Summer [Días de Perros de Verano] comienzan el 3 de julio y duran 40 días, hasta el 11 de agosto. Entonces, no me sorprendió cuando vi que los perros (arriba) habían regresado a la terraza cercana (haz clic aquí). A los dos de años anteriores se les ha unido un nuevo amigo.

Sin embargo, el resto de la publicación no tiene nada que ver con los perros, porque los gatos no estarían contentos. Entonces, ahora todo se trata de ellos. Aunque les encanta estar en la terraza, entran durante el calor del día para relajarse en la comodidad del aire acondicionado. Y les encantan nuestras siestas. ¡Cumplen 11 años el 1 de julio! Creo que se han adaptado a vivir con nosotros.

En una nota al margen, toda mi vida he escuchado a la gente citar el Old Farmer’s Almanac cuando se trata de predecir el clima para el próximo año. Nunca pude entender cómo los almenaques podría trazar un mapa de todo el año cuando los meteorólogos de la televisión a menudo no lo hacen bien el mismo día. Bueno, resulta que no son mejores que los pronosticadores de hoy en día; los almanaques solo tienen razón la mitad de las veces.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Una vez al día.
Caminando: 4 km / 2.5 millas domingo.
Gimnasio: Todavía sin gimnasio gracias al brazo. Haré lo que pueda en casa.

• “Dudo, how’s the weather?” “Sunny and clear, but don’t quote me on that.”
• “Dudo, ¿cómo está el clima?” “Soleado y despejado, pero no me cites en eso”.
• One of Moose’s new favorite spots.
• Uno de los nuevos lugares favoritos de Moose.
• Dudo and Moose escaping the heat of the terrace.
• Dudo y Moose escapando del calor de la terraza.
• Dudo insists on a siesta with me (whether I want one or not). I didn’t want one that day.
• Dudo insiste en una siesta conmigo (quiera o no). Yo no quería uno ese día.
• Moose doesn’t often sleep so close to me. Once I fall asleep, I kick and thrash and roll around. So, when he did this, I didn’t allow myself to sleep.
• Moose no suele dormir tan cerca de mí. Una vez que me duermo, pataleo, me sacudo y ruedo. Entonces, cuando hizo esto, no me permití dormir.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “Dog days of summer / Los dias de perros”

  1. I can’t complain here…our weather had been glorious and not to hot this season. Last night for July 3rd…it went down to a comfy 64 degrees. Very good sleeping and unheard of for July.

    Loved seeing the kitties!!!!!!

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      We’ve had it easy weather-wise in recent days. You would NOT have loved seeing the kitties this morning. They started driving me crazy for morning treats at 6:00. They’re currently on my shit list. (Bless their hearts.)

  2. I’d be worried about getting my delicate bits scagged by an annoyed cat claw, myself! Jx

    PS “Dog days of summer”? It’s barely started warming up here. Mind you, it’s never particularly good weather during Wimbledon fortnight, so we should really be used to it.

    1. Jon:
      No worries of being attacked by our cats. Very gentle. Although they have sniffed my bits a couple of times.

  3. It has felt like a steam bath here the last few days. Such a sweet family. Go ahead an nap, he will just kick you back.

    1. David:
      No kick-back from Dudo or Moose. I kick. They run. SG doesn’t budge, so they snuggle next to him when he sleeps.

  4. It’s funny, when it gets really hot here, our cats head to the sunroom, the warmest room in the house, and sleep on the warm tiles.

    1. Bob:
      They boys love the warmth of the terrace. But, sometimes, after a day of it, they need the AC.

  5. This is my kind of post, all cats all the time (except for an occasional human appendage from time to time). Eleven, huh? Ah sweah, they don’t look a day over ten!

    1. Deedles:
      10, huh? Moose was flattered. I won’t repeat what Dudo said.

  6. Franklin and Penelope would say (if they weren’t drugged because of the fireworks), Dogs rule; cats drool. Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack (Hagerstown, Maryland) has been featured in many articles and on some TV shows because of the accuracy of its weather forecaster. Alas, he wasn’t right all the time, and I think some of his predictions were lucky guesses.


    1. janiejunebug:
      When I was in school 14 miles outside Rochester, New York, the radio station I listened to had windows in the studio. They looked out the windows and gave the weather report. Very accurate.

  7. It might be the dog days of summer, but it’s clear that Dudo & Moose are the Kings of your castle! They’re both too damned cute and do they ever KNOW it, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      These cats do rule and they’re the bossiest cats I’ve ever met.

  8. If I ever knew there were actual, specific dog days of summer, I’d forgotten it. I thought it was just a general term that loosely meant the height of summer. I’m still wearing a sweatshirt here!

    1. Steve:
      I never knew the dog days had an actual schedule and thought it meant what you thought. Shorts are all I need lately. I can’t remember the last time I wore a sweatshirt. Months!

  9. It’s all about Kitty komfort!
    Question…..from which company did you get that ‘lawn/terrace/deck chair’?

    1. Jim:
      I ordered the chair online from Leroy Merlin, which is a French company with a number of stores in our area. The brand is called Naterial, but I think it may be exclusive to Leroy Merlin.

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