Hiya! It is I, Bruce. Today I am here to tell you about the phenomenon known as DOG DAYS.

Now, I was frankly very excited when I heard there were some DAYS named after DOG. If it was up to me, such days would involve many favourite DOG things: things such as SWIM, STICK, SNOOZE, SNACKS, RUN, and the occasional POTATO. I was quite sad when I discovered that DOG DAYS are apparently nothing to do with DOG at all. It seems that DOG DAYS are named after someone called Sirius, who apparently shines brightly in the night sky at this time of year. Well, I can tell you that I’ve looked up there at night and I can’t see him or his dogs anywhere. Whoever or wherever he is, I don’t think this Sirius bloke has much to do with actual dogs at all. In fact, as far as I can tell, like many issues of major concern to humans, DOG DAYS really just seem to be about the weather.

At this time of year, it is often hot. When it is hot, the flowers bloom, and the bees buzz.

. . . When it is hot Kate likes to knit outside.

. . . Tom likes to wear his shorts, and we all like to go out walking . . .

. . . I get to run around

. . . cool off in a stream

. . . and enjoy a swim even more than usual.

At night, we camp out in the van

. . . and get up early to enjoy the sunrise.

In fact, now I come to think of it, the human definition of DOG DAYS is pretty much exactly like the DOG one . . . apart from the notable absence of POTATOES. Ah well, I live in hope.

See you soon, love Bruce xx
xx

80 thoughts on “dog days

  1. Hiya Bruce: You brighten our days – which are DOG DAYS right now here in Cape May, New Jersey, filled with warmth and humidity. Seeing your photos makes us want to visit your world and that of my grandmother who lived in Dumbarton. Thank you for your bright spirit!

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  2. Long time reader, long time lurker here. Such a quandary: I should comment when I love something – just to repay in part the generosity of posting – but I’m only going to say the same thing as everyone else!

    Anyway, I come here as a knitter and thinker more than as a dog fan, but when I see “It is I, Bruce!” I can’t help but get happy. Bruce’s voice and photos are so awesome. Thanks to both of you!

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  3. BEST. POST. EVER. And Bruce, you’re a genius. Not just because you are so smart about the basics of happiness and point out the silliness of some of our nonsensical phrases, but also because you understand potatoes. Potatoes are the best ever…perhaps rivaled only by bananas, sour cream, butter and just a few other yummies. But potatoes are definitely at the top. Not only are you a genius, but you’re also one incredibly gorgeous creature. Your Dad’s camera sure does love you.

    ps Those fuchsias are gorgeous too!

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  4. Give that dog some potatoes! Actually, you can slice sweet potatoes and dehydrate or bake in a slow oven until dried out; makes great dog treats, fully approved by our terrier mix. Should work with white potatoes as well.

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  5. Bruce,
    I must say that Tom is quite talented to take such good photos of you, with your full coat of shiny black fur. My favorite is the one with Kate knitting in the background – you are so expressive in that shot! If only I wasn’t so camera shy, maybe that would help my mom get better photos of me – more personality, less black blob – like you!
    Love,
    Duke (your distant black lab cousin from Colorado)

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  6. Hi Bruce
    You grow more handsome with every passing year – I remember when you were just a little puppy! If you need a change of scenery, bring Kate and Tom to visit me in my new home in Northumberland!
    Anne xx

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  7. Bruce….so good to hear from you again! And what great pictures of you! You and I share similar life experiences, but I add knitting on my list. But the snacks and snooze part meshes!
    Julie

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  8. Thanks, Bruce…what a delightful view of your world. It’s way too hot and humid in Georgia to do much outside Knitting right now. Thanks for bringing a smile this morning!

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  9. Bruce, thank you for this post! Life has been kind of sad lately, but this cheered me up so much, seeing you enjoying yourself and having a lovely little trip. I hope that you and Tom and Kate enjoy the rest of the summer.

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  10. Hey Bruce, it is me, your shmacko’s friend. I hope your dog day treats include some of them.
    I love the pic of you in the header, I hope your human Tom adds it to his printable pics.
    Get Kate and Tom to give you a fuss from me. Your ever loving giver of treats, Vicky.

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  11. Please…a book…’Letters from Bruce’. His incredibly constructed wording (and stunning pictures) brings much needed light and smiles to these days. It would be fab to have a portable collection of them :) Thanks to Bruce and his humans for sharing!

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  12. Hey Mate! The Woodster here…just got back from the beach so have just finished shaking sand and seawater all over the sofa. Blue bottle jelly fish down there … if you step on them they pop! Have the best of days. Love Woody….
    PS I am going to insist the Big Man takes a photo of me too!

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  13. Hey Bruce..you are too cute..big hugs to you and if I lived close by I would bring you a potatoe
    Summer hugs to all….pat j

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  14. Thank you Bruce! Haven’t seen a post from you in a while so it’s good to read your latest insights – inspirational as always! Happy Dog Day!

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  15. Bruce
    You are a lucky dog to have a day named for you! We always enjoy what you have to say.
    Do you like cats? We’re two tabby rescue cats. We keep Peg company while she knits. We love to watch the birds that fly by our back yard.
    One day we hope there’ll be a day named for us.
    All the best
    Donovan & Johnnie

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  16. such fantastic clarity and detail in those photos. just reaallly lovely photos! sadly,I can’t think of a more eloquent way to say it; they are just so affecting. bruce is very lucky and beautiful

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  17. I love, love, LOVE the Bruce Stories. They are so wonderful. I think that my favorite part of this one is the expression Tom has captured in the “When it is hot Kate likes to knit outside” photo.

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  18. So happy to hear from you, dear Bruce! You always brighten my day with your handsome face. To every one of us who is lucky enough to live with a dog of our own, every day is a happy Dog Day. Wishing you many Gloves and Potatoes.

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  19. Dear Bruce,
    You are gorgeous and handsome as can be. I love to see Tom’s photos of you exploring and enjoying your world. Thank you very much for sharing all of your adventures with me. I am glad that you are able to romp and have fun even during those dog days. You remind all of us to “let our hair down” and play. Enjoy the rest of your summer and i do hope that you are able to catch Nessie!

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  20. Bruce, It is so lovely to hear from you again. You always brighten my days with your wisdom and sense of fun! And you truly are soooo photogenic! I send you lots of potato wishes! love, Susan & Dunnigan, a cavalier king charles spaniel who LOVES knit time…

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  21. AMAZING photos of you, Bruce!! You are just as gorgeous as ever, and I am so happy to hear you are enjoying your summer. Hoping you cross paths with some potatoes very soon :-)

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  22. AH, heat…..ugly says the Wolfhound and her mate. We have a great run at 5 AM and do get to lie in a stream along the way. Then it is in the house near a fan. Unless we see something interesting in the field! Potatoes? Maybe fried :)

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  23. Oh I never thought about what the dogs days really was, but Bruce your’e right it has something to do with Sirius. Here in Denmark the dogs days are from 22. july to 22 of august this year. But I think it is about time to introduce a real dog day. We have mothers day, fathers day, pancake day and so many other days, but we need a DOG DAY. What do you think Bruce what day should it be?
    Best wishes
    Inge
    Denmark

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  24. Dear Bruce, Your Dog Days sound perfect to me! (I don’t like potatoes. I prefer salmon.) I spend mine snoozing on the lawn as my mistress knits or gardens. xo Lola (Lhasa Apso/Bichon Frise in Oregon)

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  25. Yes, indeed, wishing you a potato or three, Bruce. Ceilidh and Tam would share their sweet potatoes with you if you were here. Tam would be afraid of you (he had a mixed puppihood), but Ceilidh would be your friend. Both would share, though.

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  26. Dear Bruce,
    Thank you for the wonderful post. You are the most handsome lab and if you lived closer, you and my lab, Tug, would have a great time together!

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  27. Bruce,
    Not only are you an excellent writer, but you are quite photogenic as well!! I love how you look at things and push through all the nonsense and get to the meat (and/or potatoes) of the issues. While I love Kate’s notes and knitting and Tom’s amazing photos, it is also wonderful to hear from you occasionally and enjoy your fresh take on the state of the world. You remind us that life should be enjoyed, a good romp and a dip are the cure for many ills, and a good snack just makes it all work together. Enjoy the “dog days of summer” and keep those cards and letters coming!
    Linda D.

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  28. Thank you for that, Bruce! My name actually is Sirius though. I’m a 16 1/2 year old Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog), and my Dog Days consist of walking around the block or lounging on my bed with a blurry eye on my human as she knits and weaves. But that is fine with me. Hope some potatoes come your way soon.

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