Dogs Days of August and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words



Sirius the dog star


The dogs days of August are here and those words have so many meanings, past, and present.  According to the Romans and other Mediterranean cultures, the dog days referred to the heat and the dog star Sirius “burning” so “hot” in the night  and morning skies.  The largest, brightest star in the Canis major constellation, Sirius the Dog Star, also the brightest star that we can see unaided in the night sky, came to be associated in ancient days with the heat of the season when this constellation rose and set along with the sun just as it does now.

When this constellation was high, the shepherds drove their flocks down from the mountain grazing lands into their safer pens close to their villages. Other measures were also taken to safeguard their water supply and gardens. Why?  Because the heat was also driving the predators out of the mountains as well, looking for water and food. The villagers depended upon their dogs to guard their flocks just as some do today. What flock guard dogs can you  name? Maremmas,Anatolian shepherds, Great Pyrenees, Komondors, Kuvasz are just a few breeds that come to mind. They are often raised with the flocks they are meant to protect.  Dogs days indeed.

Which brings me to shelters and adopting a dog or cat or guinea pig or any animal up for adoption.  My local NBC New channel WRC is starting a Help Clear the Shelters program, which I thought was a wonderful idea.  Both Winston and Kirby are rescues and I can’t imagine my life without them, nor my hearthound rescues now gone to the rainbow bridge that came before them.  If I had room and the money, I would go for more.

How about you?  Does your budget (equally important), your house and heart have room for a four pawed, two winged or whatever shelter  animal?  Can you help clear your local shelter out? Or how about fostering?  Our shelters are overflowing with unwanted and thrown away animals.  Its heartbreaking.  And overwhelming.  Please help if you can.

Here are my two rescues…

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Presently, my dogs are inside playing like mad with their plush  toys and Dingo bones (trust me, its like doggy crack),  We were outside earlier but the wind stilled, the air heated up, and Kirby, our Irish Wheaton that he is, had to come in, even clipped, he can’t take the heat.  Winston can, but won’t leave his buddy and Willow just is ready for a nap behind me in the chair as I write up the schedule.  Home is where my dogs and books are.  Happy Reading!


dog-reading blue book

This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Sunday, August 9:

  • Dog Days of August and This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Sunday Afternoon Book Blast: Thianna Durston’s A Good Family Man (Corbin’s Bend,Season Three #8) (excerpt and contest)

Monday, August 10:

  • Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Author Discoveries:  Stella on Wulf Francu Godgluck
  • Cover reveal for ‘Discovery’ by Thianna Durston (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Jeri Review: Semper Fidelis Anthology
  • A BJ Review: Unconventional In San Diego Anthology
  • A MelanieM Review: The Pinch of the Game by Charley Descoteaux

Tuesday, August 11:

  • Aria Grace ‘Looking For Home’ book blast and contest
  • In the Book Spotlight: Lissa Reed ‘Definitely, Maybe, Yours’ (excerpt and giveaway)
  • A Mika Review: Definitely Maybe Yours by Lissa Reed
  • A MelanieM Review: Overly Dramatic by Rebecca Cohen
  • A Stella Review:  Resurrecting Elliot by Cate Ashwood

Wednesday, August 12:

  • Guest Post:Against The Grain by Charlie Cochet‏ (author interview and  contest)
  • A First Look at The First Timers Anthology (excerpts and contest)
  • Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review :Not Safe for Work by Ingela Bohm
  • A Sammy Review: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles
  • A MelanieM Review: Diamonds Edge by Laura Harner (Pulp Friction 2015 story)

Thursday, August 13:

  • Morticia Knight Building Bonds Book Tour and giveaway
  • Book Spotlight: Juggernaut by Amelia C. Gormley (contest)
  • A Jeri Review: On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins
  • A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: The Harder They Fall by Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau
  • A MelanieM Review: Redesigning Max by Pat Henshaw

Friday, August 14:

  • Brina Brady ‘Don’t Throw Me Away Book tour and giveaway
  • ‘Justice for Me’ by TS McKinney and BJ Grinder Book Spotlight and contest
  • A BJ Review: The Pillar by Kim Fielding
  • A Stella Review: The Lightning-struck Heart by TJ Klune
  • A MelanieM Review: A Piece of Cake by Mary Calmes

YA Saturday, August 15:

  • A Mika YA Review:  Lucky Linus by Gene Gant

Lucky Linus coverRedesigningMaxFSThe Pillar cover

The Lightning Struck Heart cover