Houston PetTalk’s Henrietta dishes on the lazy days of the hot, hot summer! Illustrated by Jim Tweedy

What I love most about summer is what many refer to as the summer doldrums. To most two leggers, this means spending time doing nothing, feeling lazy in the hot weather and being overcome by a sense of no energy (and no upcoming holidays worthy of big family dinners, multiple bottles of unpronounceable wines and rowdy competitions of trivial pursuit).

However, for fur-embodied souls, dog days of summer are what we’re all about. We enjoy doing absolutely nothing, laying under a tree taking a snooze, being fed for free and getting coma-inducing belly rubs.

Part of the simple relaxation of summer that we dogs love is the moments where we can lie still and calm while contemplating life, which consists of how to get our next meal, what object we can gnaw to destruction and what interesting smells will waft from the back side of the next dog that crosses our path.

A few days ago, I was enjoying one of these moments when the femme fatale of the neighborhood sauntered by, Felicity the Feline, which reminded me of one of my favorite sayings: “CATS…The Other White Meat.”, which then led me to consider a litany of other sayings that are straight out of the Henrietta playbook (they’re trademarked so don’t even think about putting your paws on them):

“What if the hokey pokey is what it’s all about?”

“Don’t drink downstream of the herd”

“If you can’t hang with the big dogs, jump off the porch”

“I wondered why the Frisbee was getting larger and larger….then it hit me”

“Hedgehogs…why don’t they just share the hedge?”

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.”

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