Vintage Photos of “Dog Days of Summer”

In the process of editing my book, Angel Pawprints, I stumbled upon a new hobby as I was searching for a way to illustrate the poems and stories in the book. At the suggestion of an antiquarian book dealer, I discovered old postcards and snapshots of dogs at flea markets, estate sales, and paper collectible shows. Long after the book was finished, I continued to collect these evocative images of the human-animal bond, and I never tire of looking at them.

The ancient Romans associated the hot weather with the star Sirius, the “Dog Star”, because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the heavens besides the sun. During these dog days of summer, I would like to share a few favorite vintage photos with you. Here are dogs enjoying the beach. Which one is your favorite?

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