My granddog Charlie loves being outside, but on a “dog day of summer,” he buries himself in the dirt (usually in my daughter’s well-loved rose garden) and hangs out there until he’s discovered and chastised.
So today, I researched the expression “Dog Days of Summer” to learn that the ancient Romans called the hottest, most humid days “diēs caniculārēs” or “dog days” (July 3- August 11). These Romans associated the hottest days of summer with the concurrent rising of the star Sirius, known as the “Dog Star,” the brightest star in the constellation – Canis Major (Large Dog).
So then I wondered, does a cat get a star?
Not really. Three constellations represent dogs, but no cats (although there are two lions and a lynx).
I have created a Cat Star. Her name is Molly. She will appear to the world in September, in a book entitled MOLLY FINDS HER PURR, with other creatures who perhaps aren’t part of a constellation, but they do belong to….. well, I’ll explain that later.
In the meantime, be a cool cat and cool off, like Charlie my granddog does here.