Aug 062018

Hey Ernie…you mentioned the dog days of summer yesterday. You do know that phrase really doesn’t have anything to do with dogs, don’tcha?

It doesn’t? So what does it mean, Wally?

Two cats sitting together

It’s something that the ancient Romans started calling the hot humid days of summer. The hottest days usually occur when the star Sirius can be seen in the night sky. Sirius is called the “Dog Star” because it’s the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major which means Large Dog in Latin. The dog days usually last through July and August when Sirius is most visible.

Canis Major

Is there a Cat Star, Wally?

No, Ernie. But there’s a constellation called Leo or the Lion. That’s about as close as you’re gonna get.

Jeez, Wally…we need to change that, don’tcha think? Cats need a star named after us.

I agree. The Cat Star…visible on cool days. Because cats are cool.

Yeah…better than these hot humid dog days. I don’t care what those old Romans thought. I’m still gonna blame the dogs.

  39 Responses to “The Dog Days of Summer”

  1. We agree….a cool cat star would be purrfect!!

    Happy ManCat Monday!

    The Florida Furkids

  2. ME TOO, Wally and Ernie!

  3. WE also think the cats should have a star. After all, they are stars. You all have a great day.

  4. Makes sense to me, you two really are stars!

  5. Ha ha! You’ve got it boys!

  6. We’ve never liked the Dog Days saying, and in fact, our Mom says if she hears it from the weather people on TV one more time, she’s going to scream. We, we’ll just meow our complaints!

  7. Mum needs to go out and see the dog star, but then it has been cloudy in the evenings lately.

  8. we agree with you, there should be a planet or something named for cats…..not just one ugly fish (catfish)…we HATE these “hots”!!

  9. Wow, Wally, you are really smart, and you taught us something today. Thank you very much. We agree…a “cool” cat star is needed. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  10. Yeah, blame the dogs!
    I agree, Wally and Ernie!
    It’s an oven out there…

  11. It was interesting to know the origin of the phrase! I agree, there should be Cat star!

  12. Dog days, indeed!

  13. We had no idea that’s where that saying came from. Very interesting. And of course, we felines need our very own star.

  14. i’m impressed by your smarts, Wally. but we are going to continue blaming the hots on dogs.

  15. Great tidbit of info there boys! We agree there should be a cat star. Sirius needs to hurry up and leave! We are over the hots.

  16. Every cat is a star!

  17. We learned a new saying in English, and its meaning thanks to you, Wally ! We agree, there should be a Cat Star for cool days. Purrs

  18. I’m with you Wally……..Cats are Cool and Doggies Drool….well, most of them anyway!

    Hugs, Teddy

  19. doodz….yur eye dea bout a cat star iz awesum….may bee de doodz at NASA will name one afturr catz; we could all signz a petitionz N ask em…

    sum thin bee tween E & W…east & west ; ernie ; wally
    ore W & E…west N east…wally; ernie


  20. Here in NC we are sick and tired of Summer dog days and all.
    OMCs today’s heat index will be in the triple digits.
    You two look cool as cucumbers
    Hugs madi your bfff

  21. When people say Dog Days, they don’t think of constellations, but of hot dogs with their tongues hanging out. A constellation named “Felis” was created in 1799 by a French astronomer and cat lover, but it is not used today or recognized.

  22. Thanks for the share. The Cat Days of winter we would love to say during this hot summer we have been having. We think both of you can start spreading the word around for having your own cat star., and best believe it cats are cool. Have a wonderful day

  23. Let’s hear it for the Cat Days of Summer. Those are the fun happy days when playing in sunpuddles and napping while watching bird TV rejuvenate us. Who wants Dog Days where panting is the order of the day and everyone is dragging themselves around like a dead zombie.

    Shoko and Tyebe

  24. Oh, there definitely needs to be a cat star!

  25. I definitely think we should fix that because us cats know how to be cool and stay cool.

  26. That was pawsome information Wally!
    We also agree that there should be a cat star.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  27. Now that’s a good idea, boys! We are in the middle of some hot humid dog days here, and we think some cool cat days might be better! 🙂

  28. You learn something new every day. 🙂

  29. There should be a cat star and planet.

  30. I love the idea of a Cat Star!

  31. Hi, you two handsome sweeties. The Dog Days of Summer are sure at our place right now…miserable outside. It was a nice surprise to see that you had visited Mumsy’s blog and left a comment. We miss all of you and think about you often. Mumsy does not do pet blogs any longer for reasons she won’t go into. She stays busy with 2 blogs and Facebook so she doesn’t visit pet blogs much. We will never stop thinking of you all and remembering what nice things you did for us when our Popsy passed. Love, hugs and nose kisses Mags, Pooh and Chancy

  32. MOL! We blame the dogs too!

  33. Zulu and Amarula blame the dogs too–Frodo wants to give them the benefit of the doubt cause he likes dogs!

  34. Good ree-search Wally an Ernie!! An there should bee a Kat Star fur sure…a kewl blue white *star*…oh mee-yeah,,,,,
    **nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

  35. We just saw your comment. I have been on alum.hydroxide for a year. The epakitin is in addition to that. I’m happy to saw it is working too .
    Hugs Madi and thank you.

  36. When in doubt, blame the dog! That’s what the kitties around here do.

  37. We blame the dogs too 😉

  38. Y, You’re smarter than our smarty pants fone, Wally. Fanks fur the info. We’re gonna stick with Ernie tho’. Anytime we can blame the dogs is a good thing fur us. MOL Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  39. Very cool post!
    Did you know that there is a very dim constellation called the Lynx? I believe Nellie posted about it the first year she blogged as she was quite purrturbed there was no cat constellation! And I agree we should leave the Dog Days with the Dogs!

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