Dog Days of Summer


At 10PM, it is still sweltering. The air thick and stifling. Our beloved Delta Breeze has abandoned us. Nothing moves unless it has to. These are the dog days of summer. The sunflower droops,


The Dahlia says “these puny petals are all that I can muster.”


The bees do their work as early as possible in the day,


And everyone would rather perch than fly.


But give a dog a little pool,


Or puppies a spray of water,


And somehow they find a way.


A few more days of century-plus weather.

Potato Bush_DSC_9169

Nothing to do but wait it out – and pine for it next winter.


“The magic fades too fast
the scent of summer never lasts…”
― Sanober Khan

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

5 thoughts on “Dog Days of Summer”

  1. Beautiful photos and oh so true words!! Like Judy, I too will be looking for this kind of heat during winter. Here in the North East, our winters have been brutal.

  2. Love your posts, they make me just smile. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and photography skills with all of us.

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