Dog Days of Summer End Today and Dad’s 70th Year Begins

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According to Wikipedia, “The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.”

It also happens to be my father’s 70th birthday. So in celebration of him, I’ll share two books. One he read to me and I read to him many times as a child. The other makes me think of Dad.

Dad probably read me Big Dog, Little Dog a hundred times as a child. Then, listened to me read it two hundred times. It was a favorite. ML and I are visiting Georgia this fall. I’ll pack Big Dog, Little Dog so ML can read it to her Papa.

Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee reminds me of Dad. The dogs live in the country. One stays on the front porch all day. The other stays on the back porch. Well, until a squirrel leads them astray. Dad grew up in the country and retired there. He doesn’t have a front porch dog or a back porch dog. But there is a cat that hangs around, except when my brother’s dog comes to visit.

Are Stinky Smelly Feet Hereditary?

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When I picked ML from camp Monday, she took her shoes off in the car. The smell was atrocious. There’s no other way to say it. ML has stinky feet. Apparently, it’s hereditary. I got them from my dad. . . ML got them from me.

We love Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story by Margie Palatini. Two ducks, Dolores and Douglas are in love, but Douglas has stinky, smelly feet. Dolores passes out every time Douglas removes his shoes. What’s a duck to do?

Thankfully, ML’s and my feet haven’t ever caused someone to pass out. As for my dad’s feet. . . no comment.