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 Cookbook. Of 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.
- 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:
- In 1989, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Plott Hound as its state dog. Discover more about the breed with these selections, including North Carolina Dogs In History, Mystery, Legend, Lore, Humor & More! (in-library use only in the Robinson-Spangler Room).
- Take a road trip with a Labrador in Benoit Denizet-Lewis' Travels with Casey.
- Get the handkerchiefs ready for tear-jerkers like Steven Rowley’s Lily and the Octopus or Lauren Fern Watt’s Gizelle's Bucket List.
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!