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The Ben Dog Chronicles

Hotter than blue blazes!

September 26th 2007 11:29 am
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Now there's a human phrase I don't understand. My lady informs me that when a flame appears to be blue, it's burning hotter than a flame that appears to be orangey-yellow, and that's where the phrase comes from. It's like saying "Hotter than hot," apparently.

Humans are silly.

In spite of that, it really is hotter than blue blazes around here. Here we are, a few days from October, officially fall... and we're experiencing 90+ degree temps. It only gets this warm for a few days during the whole summer, and it's not supposed to be this warm in fall. It should be in the 60's. Last week, it *WAS* in the 60's. What happened?

My lady informs me of another phrase, this one called "Indian Summer." I have no idea whatsoever as to the origin of that phrase, and my lady is silent on this one, so I can't possibly try to explain it to you, doggies. But what I gather it means is that it's hot way longer than it should be hot. And I find this to be extremely disruptive. Why, might you ask?

It's not good running weather.

I'm a simple dog, with simple needs. I want my lady to spend time with me, preferably outdoors. I want the occasional puddle, lake, or mudhole to play in. I want to be fed regularly, and given treats even more regularly. But most of all, I want to run. I'm never happier than when I'm running. Running by myself, running with humans, running with other dogs - it's my passion. I prefer running with other dogs, because they stand a *chance* of keeping up with me, so then I REALLY get to stretch my legs. But after a long, hard day at the office, nothing beats a good run at the park, followed by a roll in the nice, cool grass.

Except that the grass isn't cool. It's pretty warm, scratchy, and parched. And it is FAR too hot for running. It's hot just to be outside. Imagine me, who loves the outdoors, plodding along with my head down, tongue hanging out. It's a shame and a sin, doggies. And I have no idea what to do about it.


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