Welcome to the ‘Dog Days’

August 6, 2013 

I stopped by to see the ladies and gentlemen at the Indian Land Senior Center.

It is always such a treat for me. Myrtle Douglas is the Goodwill Ambassador, who always makes you feel like a welcome guest. They were playing a version of Wheel of Fortune, then the subject turned to health related issues because of the heat especially at the time of the “dog days of summer.”

I knew the “dog days of summer” is a period of extremely hot and sultry weather from July 3 thru Aug. 11. But I found the real “dog days of summer” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

On July 30, the second annual Paws Celebration event sponsored by Congress’s American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal Protection Caucus brought 50 adoptable animals to wander around the Canon Caucus room where members of Congress and interns alike petted and played with the adorable animals.

The Animal Protection Caucus includes 70 members of Congress and is chaired by Virginia Democrat Jim Moran. Moran cradled a tiny Chihuahua named Butter as he spoke about the APC and the need for more homes for adoptable animals, some of whom were found on the streets or kill shelters. This adoption drive was a “bipartisan event” and it worked.


The refreshments were even pet-themed: carrot cake cupcakes with a glob of butter cream frosting with a picture of each adoptable cat or dog on top. The animals were treated to a special feast as well.

A State University of New York study found that the folks performing a stressful task were less stressed when they had their pet with them. Maybe this would work for Congress and we could all play pretty.

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