Archive for September, 2012

Dog Days of Summer, Part II

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer continued a couple of weeks after Champ fell in the hole, but this time Susie, our 12-year-old rat terrier/Jack Russell terrier cross, was the unfortunate one.  Susie has had several rough experiences in her life including a broken leg and a ruptured uterus during the delivery of her six puppies, but the events of Sunday, August 12, 2012 made those injuries seem minor in comparison.  Sirius must have been shining brightly that night because her survival is nothing short of miraculous.  I’m just hoping the band Florence and the Machine is right, and the Dog Days Are Over!

That evening I let Tuffy in at 8:00 p.m., and I wasn’t overly concerned that Susie wasn’t with her as she often goes out to hunt after dark, especially if we have her on a diet as we did that week.  Around 10:00 pm. we heard the dogs barking ferociously as 4 of them ran past the house in a blur of legs and tails.  John walked to the door to listen, but they were completely quiet by the time he got outside.

We didn’t hear anything after that so I had no cause for concern as I headed to the door at 12:30 a.m. to put Champ out one last time.  I was happy to see Susie waiting patiently to come in for the night so I wouldn’t have to call or look for her.  I leaned over to pick her up and scold her for staying out so late, but my words were cut short by the horrific sight.  The skin on her back had been ripped loose leaving her flesh exposed from her shoulders almost to her hips.  I closed the door and ran quickly to the bathroom to grab some towels.  John had been in bed for a couple of hours so it took some time to get him awake enough to comprehend the gravity of the situation, but he followed me to the door and picked Susie up after I wrapped her in the towels.  He carried her to the kitchen, sat her gently on the floor, and unwrapped the towels to inspect the injuries more closely.

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Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The ancient Egyptians and Romans both referred to specific time periods in the months of July and August as “Dog Days” so that reference has been around for quite some time.  The hot, humid weather was thought to be caused by Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major.  A quick search of Wikipedia turned up this interesting reference, “Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time ‘the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.’ according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813.”  The reason I find this so interesting is that we have had more than our share of “Dog Days” this summer.  We avoided the diseases and burning fevers, but we certainly had plenty of hysterics and phrensies!

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