Dog Days

These hot days we’re having are known as the Dog Days of summer, so-called because the Dog Star (aka Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major) rises and sets with the sun.

I only mention this because it reminds me of the other connection between heat and dogs: it’s deadly to leave a dog (or any animal) in a hot car in this heat. Please, if you are out and about with your dog when its this hot, do not leave them in a car, and make sure they get enough water.

Many stores have no problem having your dog visit their business. If you aren’t sure, just ask for permission, and be ready to keep them on a leash if they aren’t well-behaved. At Encore Books, we’re more than happy to meet your pets and most of them are happy to meet us. In any case we’d much rather they came inside where they can keep cool than suffer in a stifling hot car.

If you must have your dog with you, but can’t take them inside for some reason, it’s better to find a shady spot where you can tie them up than to leave them in the car. On an 80 degree day, the inside of a car can get to over 100 in ten minutes!

For more tips on taking care of your animal this summer, visit the Humane Society’s website.