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Hot Dogs and Dry Grass


What can you do if you’re a dog and it’s too hot to run around and play? You lie down under a tree and conserve your energy. Make sure the tree is in a place where you can see the back door and the deck, in case there’s any action there, or a chance to come in and have a snack.
Poor Emma looks bored, and Ruby has given up on anything interesting happening. But wait! Something is moving in the trees above.
It’s just a chickadee. Too high up to jump for.

Emma gives it a look. “If it wasn’t so hot, I’d make a leap for you….”

But, yawwwwn … she knows she wouldn’t get it.

Might as well just nap until this dog day of summer is over and the mistress calls us for supper. Sure wish she would have watered the grass though, so it’s not so prickly to lie on.

Grass is dry and breaking off,

It’s dryΒ this summer season.

The mistress turned the water off,

But do you know the reason?


It’s not for conservation that

She lets the grass go yellow.

The fact is she is lazy and

Would rather just be mellow.


If grass is green it grows a lot,

And then you have to mow it.

The mistress is a lazy sod,

Now all the world will know it.




Author: wordsfromanneli

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43 thoughts on “Hot Dogs and Dry Grass

  1. Love the poem! Currently sweltering in Whistler. Happy Sunday!

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  2. Ruby is wise, she doesn’t move at all.

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  3. Sounds more wise than lazy to me. Mowing grass in that kind of weather could give you heat stroke. It amazes me that those two furry creatures have not found some shade! Stay cool. πŸ™‚

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  4. Smart gal that Ruby! Lounging is the best medicine during this heatwave. Fall….come soon πŸ™‚

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  5. Your photos are hilarious, Anneli. They look so sleepy…kind of the way we all feel by the end of a hot and humid summer. Cute poem!

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    • Thanks, Jill. I’m not really that lazy about mowing but we have so many shrubs and fruit trees and the veggie garden that need the water more than the grass, so we always let our grass go brown. To me it’s a waste of water. It would be different if we had a landscaped lot, but our place is quite … well … what you see is what you get.

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  6. It’s cold and wet here – interesting start to spring !

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  7. That’s how our lawn looks, Anneli. Cute poem, and conserving water is not lazy!

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  8. Great poem. Love the dogs!

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  9. This is funny. I just drafted a blog for tomorrow about being lazy. LOL. The weather is so strange. It’s been like autumn here last week and continues to be this week. I meant to tell you that on Thursday last week I stepped outside and smelled something burning. I noticed the air was hazy from smoke and the wind had picked up. At first I thought someone’s house was on fire, but no sirens or anything going on in the neighborhood. I got online to see if I could find out anything, and I learned that our weather got cool because winds shifted from the north which blew temps down and Canada wildfires our way. Isn’t that crazy? We had the same haze you posted about on your blog a while ago, all the way over here! We’re more connected than we think.

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    • That’s exactly what I went through the first day we got a whiff of the fires that were (and still are) burning hundreds of miles away. I wondered if there was a fire in the neighbourhood. We’ve had clearer weather for the past week or so and then this morning the smoke was back. It’s bad all the way down the coast. The sun was a huge red ball tonight. I felt like I was in one of those science fiction disaster movies. What a summer this has been.

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  10. They “do” have it figured out.

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  11. Your dogs are so very lovely, and your photos are so good, you could send some pictures of your dogs every day to my adress. Your poem is allso fun to read.

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  12. Haha. “They call me mellow yellow!”

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  13. Dogs sure sleep a lot, don’t they? I often call my dog lazy bones. He doesn’t seem to mind. Maybe I’m just jealous for I sometimes feel guilty for having my own kind of laziness. I LOVED your poem! ❀

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  14. Aw, thanks a lot, Carol. Yes, they can sure sleep a lot. I’m often envious when I haven’t been able to have a good night’s sleep myself!

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  15. I would not consider your days as lazy nor unoccupied. It has been hot and humid in our warehouse and I just would like to just relax, but I suppose someday this will happen!
    I liked the way you expressed the dogs’ thoughts and the poem was funny! πŸ˜€

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  16. Dropped by from Susie’s party and boy!! Am I glad I did. Cute blog you have here. Loved the captions for the pics…almost as if the dog was actually saying them out. πŸ™‚


  17. This is a great poem about how entertaining yet relaxing dogs are!

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