Dog Days of Summer

Paws to Read pairs pups with young readers

When we hear the phrase “dog days of summer,” we think of our drooling and panting four-legged furballs. Actually, the celestial phrase originated from the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The star Sirius—also known as “Canus Major,” or the Dog Star, typically rose with the sun during the hottest days of summer, giving way to the term “dog days.”  Learn more about the term’s origins, visit Science in Context or Credo Reference, just two of our online resources —they’re always free with your library card!

Dogs, just like humans, need protection from these uncomfortable, sweaty days. Follow these summer pet health tips from Gary Richter’s Ultimate Pet Health Guide or Betsy Brevitz’ Complete Healthy Dog Handbook. Keep up to date with the latest issues of Dogs Life and Fido via RBDigital.  Find a new recipe—for your canine’s consumption, of course—in cookbooks such as The Healthy Hound, Dinner Pawsible, and The Dog-gone Good CookbookOf course, just as you would check with your doctor, always check with your pet’s veterinarian if you change your dog’s diet and exercise program. 

If you’re already fans of classic dog fiction, such as Cujo, Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller and Marley and Me, here are more suggestions for new favorites:

  • Failed K-9 police dog Chet is the star of Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie mystery series.
  • Place your hold today on A Borrowing of Bones, the first in a bomb-sniffing dog mystery series.

For nonfiction-lovers, we suggest:

But what if you want more than a dog in a book? What if you want the real, live thing?

You’re in luck.

Several of our branches offer  “Paws to Read” programs where children boost their reading confidence by reading out loud to therapy dogs.  For more information about the programs, please visit our calendar.  

Say goodbye to the dog days of summer and get the kids ready for “bark”-to-school with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!