How about we declare August 16th (the day of the Catholic Feast of St. Roch) Interntaional Dog Valentine’s day? You can get your dog something heart shaped, but made out of bacon on that day.
While on pilgrimage Roch encountered an area afflicted with plague. He stayed to minister to the sick, and affected several miraculous cures, usually by making the sign of the cross over them, but contracted the plague himself. He walked into a forest to die, but was befriended by a dog. The dog fed him with food stolen from his master’s table, and Roch eventually recovered.
I think that this is where the term “The Dog Days of August” comes from….
I don’t know about you, but I am celebrating Dog Day next year.