The Dogs of Dog Days & Other Pets We Love

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The Dogs of Dog Days & Other Pets We Love
Remington—Still our Little Prince I was working at the Topanga Messenger in the fall of 2012 when our Editor, Flavia Potenza, was fostering this sturdy little pup. Word was he had been a stray, hiding behind grocery stores up in Santa Maria. He was finally caught and placed in Papillon Rescue due to his Papillon/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel looks. (The cross-breed is now called Cava-lon) This pup needed a forever home and I considered adoption; by Thanksgiving, he was mine. Remington, Remi for short, is now a 28-pound pup, living in air-conditioned comfort. Now, however, this is how we spend Fourth of July every year, with Remi in my lap, cowering from the thousands of fireworks in the park an
In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat! This period of sweltering weather coincides with the year’s heliacal (meaning “at sunrise”) rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, in the constellation Canis Majoris, which is where Sirius gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris. Virgil, the Roman poet, wrote in the Aeneid that “fiery Sirius, bringer of drought and plague to frail mortals, rises and saddens the sky with sinister light.” Is this just superstition? A 2009 Finnish study tested the traditional claim that the rate of infections is higher during Dog Days. The authors wrote, “This study was conducted in order to challenge the myth that the rate of infections is higher during the dog days. To our surprise, the myth was found to be true.” Not including our own Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. The ancient Egyptians, used the dawn rising of Sirius that also coincided with the Nile River’s flood season, as a “watchdog” for that event. Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we consider the Dog Days to be the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11. This is soon after the Summer Solstice in late June, which also tends to be the beginning of the worst of summer’s heat. In 1817, The Old Farmer’s Almanac wrote, “Dog Days are approaching; you must, therefore, make both hay and haste while the Sun shines, for when old Sirius takes command of the weather, he is such an unsteady, crazy dog, there is no dependence upon him.” —Catherine Boeckmann, June 10, 2003 The Farmers’ Almanac
UMA & NANSI Meet Uma (left, female) and Nansi (right, male), two of my five parrots. They’re both Congo African Greys. Don’t be fooled by the picture. They are each other’s competition for their chosen mate, me. They do talk. Nansi is fond of yelling “Good boy, Seeger” when he sees my dog and “Quiet, you!” when Seeger barks. Uma occasionally bites me and runs away laughing with my voice. People ask what it’s like to live with parrots. One of my other feathered friends ate a bite of my eyeball. Need I say more? —Kait Leonard
PIPPY My name is Pippy. I was rescued by Sarah Sutton of Last Bad Day in 2015. Thankfully the foster family in Topanga where she found me failed so she kept me. I have starred in several adorable short films. Scan this QR code to see them. You might see me on my daily walks on Summit to Summit. I chase tennis balls a lot there and look for Joe and Anna, who give all of us dogs Greenies. Thank you for sharing my story. —Sarah Sutton
Frantastic Frannie—
The Best Dog Ever
About eleven years ago friends of a friend went out
to eat and saw Frannie chained to the light pole in front of the restaurant. After dinner the manger showed them the security footage of a homeless looking man chaining her up and walking away. They already had two big dogs in an apartment so they gave her to our friend who quickly decided a pit bull did not fit her image. She called us and once we met Frannie she was ours. She was about 7 months old. Frannie loves everyone and gets along with all dogs. She loves long walks in Topanga, which we do most every day where we have met and become friends with so many neighbors. We almost always meet a neighbor or two or three to walk and chat with. She is always ready for a walk or a car ride. She loves rolling in the grass or the street where you may have seen her on Tuna. From her time on the street she learned never to pass up a puddle. We also learned she hates the rain especially when accompanied
by wind and will seek out the lowest point in the
house. The rest of the time she prefers the bed
and often my pillow.
—Carl & Pam Grooms
CHARLEY
Everyone knows Charley when he’s walking near State Park headquarters. He knows he looks like an ewok or a little bear too but shows how much he misses you by running around feverishly until he does his “body slam” in your seated lap on the floor. 
— John & Joeanne Yednock
STANLEY
Everybody should meet Stanley. One of our
newest residents, he has a big personality, intelligent,
cheeky and handsome. He loves to hike Topanga  State Park and if your door is open he will probably march in and make himself at home. He’s an affectionate rogue with a pretty girlfriend. A punk of a donkey. Stanley chose Topanga vía horse sanctuary, Triple 8 Ranch run by bleeding heart ex Topanga resident Kayti Edwards Pease. Kayti moved from Topanga to Yucca valley to start a horse sanctuary.

Stanley decided to move in too, he was her neighbor who fell in love with an Arab mare and refused to go home. Kayti can’t turn anyone away and Stanley is very much in charge of his own destiny. When his girl and pal horses were adopted and brought to our home in Topanga, Stanley had to come too, or he would have busted out, walked here and found his way to his true love.  We didn’t expect to rescue a donkey but it was meant to be. My niece Sophie Zeiler (local realtor) lives with husband Guy Walker, next door to the corral Stanley now calls home. It took a second for all of us to fall in love with him. He cries like a baby if separated from his girl for a minute, steals things from your pockets, throws a brush at you when he wants a grooming and will steal your burrito! We love you Topanga Stanley!
Donations or animal adoption for @Triple8ranch
(IG and Venmo) desperately needed.
—Lisa Ward
The Canyon Chronicle

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