Our puppy, Drayton is six months old. He is a sweet, sweet dog and we are all crazy in love with him. Yes, we were crazy to get a puppy in the middle of a remodel, but hey, if you are going to be crazy anyway, why not just live in chaos, right? All the workers grew very attached to our Drayton!
Mr. Drayton is not doing so well with his manners. We all know labs love to chew and he has had a field day in his doggy room! My lovely little mud room with the bead board is now all chewed up!
I guess it will have to go on the 'remodel' list now, too. Fortunately, this is something Rob can do himself. This little room has a doggy door, so Drayton can go outside. We had to fence off an area, because he destroyed all of the toys and dragged my cushions all over the yard! But, look at that face! It is hard to be mad at such a cute thing!
How to solve the problem? We added walking, running or taking Drayton to swim for 30 minutes to each child's chore list every day! When he gets some exercise, he is calm and doesn't chew!
Speaking of dogs, we are in the middle of the 'Dog Days of Summer!'
Here are some of the funny expressions you might hear in the Deep South to describe 'Dog Days':
It's hotter than a billy goat in a pepper patch
It's hot as hades 'round here, IDINIT?
It's so hot the dog'll stay under the porch all day
So hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs
Hot as a summer revival
Hotter than a honeymoon hotel
Hot as a pot of neck bones
Blanket of heat
So, where does the 'Dog Days of Summer' get its name?
The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which is also the brightest star in the night sky. In the summer, Sirius, the big dog star, rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and during ancient times, it was believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot weather. They named this period of time with its sultry, thick heat, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star, Sirius. The heat of summer is actually the direct result of the earth's tilt (source.)
Keep cool and thanks for stopping by!