Dog Days of Summer

Florence and the Machine can certainly carry a tune but this Summer, they have it all wrong. The Dog Days are NOT over. We’ve had some record breaking temperatures already and there’s still time left for the hot vacationing season to blaze us some more. There are several ways to beat the heat and the Main Street Inn experimented with a fun one in a previous blog post. Did you have a chance to create popsicles of your own?

To be real with you folks for a second, the phrase” Dog Days” actually comes from an ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was closer to the sun and responsible for the hotter weather. Dog Days were believed to be an evil time when the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became lazy.

I can certainly vouch for the lazy claim. This humid weather often urges me to post up in any sort of air conditioned vessel and melt into a comfortable blob, not unlike every kids’ ice cream on the streets outside. If you know the feeling, then imagine if you were covered in fur. I’m not talking about a science experiment gone wrong. I’m suggesting you think about your pets! Those furry friends attract and absorb more heat than my dad’s gorilla-like chest. Bad visual? Sorry, but I wanted a dramatic effect.

When you think about it, they call it dog days for a reason. A heat so terrible it could render your dog mad?! Nobody wants that so I suggest keeping your dog (or any pet for that matter) safe, sound and soothingly cool.

There are a variety of ways to do so and most of it is common sense like making sure their water is full and cold. If they’re outside, put them in the shade. Besides the norm, there are other ways to treat your dog. Think beyond the biscuit, beyond the doggie treat and beyond the good tummy rub. Why not consider taking them to an event?

Since it pains all of us dog lovers at the Main Street Inn to say your dogs aren’t permitted here, we felt the need to make up for it. We went ahead and did the research so when you return home from the Inn, no matter where home is, you can treat your puppy to a unique experience after being away. We lined up a few of our favorites, using as much geographical variety as possible, but the website,, offers a world of options. Literally. It’s worldwide. So if you’re one of our international travelers reading this, dive in as well!

1. Treasure Island Flea – San Francisco, CA

2. Open Air Market – Austin, TX

3. NYC Dog Hiking – New York City, NY

4. Somerville Dog Festival – Somerville, MA

5. 19th Annual Canine Fun Days & Greyhound Reunion – Cleveland, OH

6. Denver Pet Expo – Denver, CO

7. Stratford Animal Rescue Society Fall Festival – Stratford, CT

8. The Bow Wow Bash – Portland, OR

9. Yappy Hour at Quiet Waters Dog Park – Annapolis, MD

10. Dog Days of Summer – Phoenixville, PA

11. Pup”Paw”Looza – Telford, PA

12. Ties and Tails Gala – Charlotte, NC

13. Pack Walk in the Park – Hollywood, FL

14. 5th Annual Pet Festival – Ann Arbor, MI

15. Woofstock 2012 Animal Adoption & Music Festival – Tacoma, WA

16. Hounds for Hope Walk – San Diego, CA

17. Camp Dogwood – Chicago, IL

18. Paws in the Park – Atlanta, GA

19. 4 Paw “Dogs Days of Summer” Anniversary Event – Spartanburg, SC

20. Paws for Cancer – Lakewood, NJ




Until Next Time,

Pooch Party Purveyor

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