Canis Familiaris – It’s a Ruff Life! – You Don’t Say: Volume 48 – by Ray Hudson

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Ray Hudson
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Ray Hudson

Someone up there is keep track of the various balances in life. After my venture into some famous sayings concerning felis catus (sounds like “finest cactus”) there was an immediate and richter scaled response to provide balance on the mangy side of things.

I was contemplating the onset of darkness at about 4:30 pm the other day and considered how much I appreciated the dog days of summer.  Ah for that stifling heat on a sizzling afternoon in Kamloops when the dogs just don’t have the energy to get up and do anything.  Who says they’re dumb animals?  But I also discovered that the dog days of summer actually referred to the star Sirius, (seriously!) also known as the Dog Star. It appeared to rise just ahead of the sun, which was in July, and to the Greeks and Romans it was the indicator of the hottest days of the year.  It also worked to keep the dogs on the porch or under a shady tree. Just think only six or seven months to go.

Now, moving from the heat of the summer to the depths of winter where the term three dog night arose (no the band came after) and reflected a time when the humans invited the dogs to sleep with them and keep them warm.  It must be a chilly night when the requirement was for 3 malamutes and maybe a dachshund for a foot warmer.   In my experience, when I offered this courtesy to my dog, he climbed in, settled down and got too warm, stood up, knocked all the covers off and pushed me onto the floor beside the bed, and with a contented sigh, lay back down to enjoy the rest of the night. I spoke sternly to him in the morning but do you think he cared?  Nah!

See a man about a dog.  Now there’s a phrase I haven’t heard for along time. My Dad used it as a euphemism to explain his departure to the washroom.  I didn’t get the washroom connection and the dog, for some time.  Then I understood wisdom of the dog who never passes up a good fire hydrant. Now much older and much … er … older, I get it. Where’s the next fire hydrant?

Now, some true wisdom:
“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” Robert Heinlein

“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’” —Dave Barry

“Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul — chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we’re the greatest hunters on earth!”-Anne Tyler

“In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” – Dereke Bruce

So there you have paws for thought.  Now how about a good belly rub?

Woof!  (means “meow” in cat)