What does “Dog days of summer” mean? Hot, sultry weather, flowers starting to fade in the garden, a sign that summer is coming to an end.
The Greeks and Romans associated this time of year with thunderstorms, hot weather and mad dogs because Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation at this time, is called the Dog Star. No, our dogs don’t go mad but we do all get hot and a little weary during the dog days of summer.

Try drinking a lot of water during these “dog” days and be sure to give your pet ample water also. If you don’t like the taste of water, add slices of cucumber to a pitcher of cold water. Cucumber softens the water and gives it an tangy fresh taste. Slices of lemon or orange also add a subtle cool taste to water which will make it more palatable. Stay away from sodas and fruit drinks that are loaded with sugar and will only make you more thirsty.

I’m making doggy treats to give to the pets that visit the shop with their owners during these dog days of summer. Just like kids, dogs love peanut butter, so I’ve made Peanut Butter Doggy Treats that are healthy and tasty and I’ve set out a bowl of water by the door. The Doggy Treats are fun to make with your children or grandchildren. You might even think of making a batch and donating it to a food bank. You can find the recipe at www.pipkas.com. Happy Baking! Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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