Why are Dog Days…Dog Days? Do I smell a human? (Plus Hush Puppies)

August 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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Why do humans call those hot miserable days we’re experiencing now, dog days?  I’d really like to know.  It certainly isn’t because we canines enjoy the heat and humidity.  I’m sure some forms of animal life enjoy it.  Lizards, frogs, toads, and snakes?  That’s a guess.  I don’t know many frogs or toads and my command of the Lizarddi language leaves much to be desired.  I know some snakes… and I can converse with them well enough to know I don’t trust anything they say.  The only creature more deceitful is a umanas politicius.
Humans derived the name, but why?  Is it because we canines suffer this time of year?  Horses suffer as much.  So do cows, pigs, even cats.  My talks with Oreo, my feline half-brother, and Buddy, the horse that lives a couple blocks over, have confirmed it’s not because they like this summer roast.

Possibly, the name just sounds good.  “Lizard days of summer,” doesn’t have a lyrical lilt like “Dog days” does.  Neither does pig days, or toad days, or so on.
They could have called this time period, “miserable human days,” but this suggests they may have some slight responsibility for their own discomfort.  Humans loath taking responsibility for anything.  The “Blame Game” is their favorite past-time.  Don’t believe that?  If you can suffer through an evening of watching human TV news and advertisements during this political season you’ll know I’m telling you gospel.

If you think about it, humans use animals to describe all kinds of things they don’t like…”Good weather for ducks,” translates to more rain than they want… “Horse feathers (or shit)”, for lies they’re told… “Sneaky as a cat,” for anyone who manipulates them…”Bird brained”…referring to their low IQ associates… and my personal favorite, “Dumb as a dog,”…talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

Some humans are lovable, however.  Oreo and I have been helping entertain some of the Geezer’s human friends and children/grand- children over the last two weeks.  BO and Randy were first, followed by Big Den, Little Den and Natalia.  We weren’t home much…in fact the computer was off for thirteen days.

 

Me and Oreo taking it easy after entertaining

     To keep my promise to Randy and Bo, here’s the Geezer’s recipe for hush puppies I snuck out of his book.

The Geezer’s Light and Fluffy Hush Puppies.

Stuff you need to make them:
1 cup hush puppy mix – (Dixie Lily or Autry’s are fine)
1/2 cup self rising flour
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 eggs
1 tablespoon minced garlic  (powder will do in a pinch)
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
8 stuffed green olives finely chopped.
3/4 cup of water

What you do:
First- Place mix, flour, chopped onion, pepper, salt in a large mixing bowl and stir thoroughly.
Second- Add water, eggs (no shells please)…stir thoroughly…again.  If he batter is too “grainy,” add a splash or two of water.
Third- Add the chopped olives and garlic…guess what?  Stir thoroughly again!  Set batter aside for twenty minutes.
Fourth- Heat vegetable oil 1″ deep in a skillet, etc. to 350 degrees.  Use a tablespoon to measure and drop the batter into the grease.  Cook until golden on both sides.   Yummy!

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  1. What a tasty-looking recipe. The addition of chopped green olives sounds fabulous! I hope you get some of these treats. After all, they are supposed to hush you, but I bet everyone — even humans — begs for more. Maybe they should be called Hush People. Human blame of canines for the Dog Days of Summer goes way back in time to the naming of the Dog Star, Sirius, which is closest to sun at this time of year.

    • I knew it!!! I have smart human readers!! Thanks Caatherine

  2. Then there’s Dog Day Afternoon – here’s a shot video I created and posted on Youtube – sorry no cats on this beach . . .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZV3TCdS72w

  3. I am not a lover of Hush Puppies, but this recipe sounds very interesting and worth a try…..Thanks for sharing. Andy loves Hush Puppies.

  4. It’s a shame the dogs have to suffer with this heat. Of course my dog, Otis, had it pretty easy. In fact he loves the sun. It can be ninety degrees or higher when we go out to enjoy the back yard and what does he do? He finds a nice place in the sun and lays down. I don’t get it but maybe that’s where the name comes from. Other dog’s who like to lay in the hot sun on a hot day. See, that’s what happens when we humans generalize things. We see one dog do it and we think all dogs like it. When will we ever learn. :)

  5. lol Great story and fun recipe. Thank you for being so understanding of us crazy humans. Have fun now.

  6. Oreo does look like he could be Princess’ brother! :D
    woowoowoo

  7. I see you had the answer to your question. :-) I suspected it had something to do with Sirius the dog star and it’s position in the sky this time of year, but I had to google it. :-) Horse shit is right Sandy, you are a very smart girl. :-)

  8. This is pretty funny, Sandy, because I had been wondering the same thing myself and then saw your blog post.


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