I don't know why they call it the dog days. As far as I know, dogs don't like it any better than we do but since their "sanitary facilitiy" is outdoors they gotta go and drag their humans with them.
I suppose that picking up your dog's stuff is better than leaving it in the park for others to step in, and having at least once stepped in it, I gotta say the whole world is better off not having to wipe anything off their shoes.
It's a good thing dogs don't chew gum, but if they did, they'd probably swallow it. Humans think it's okay to stick under furniture or spit out on the ground where... yes, it gets on your shoes. Particularly when it's hot like this.
One time when I lived in the city I had to change a headlight. I took the car ( white honda civic) to a parking lot where I could sit on the curb to perform this operation. I was wearing my red Italian jumper and white faux ostrich cowboy boots. (Shut up! it was adorable!)
When I went to pull my legs out from under the car, they did not come??? How does that work? My legs were stuck, yes, stuck in gum. For no known reason I did not at that point take off the boots. That would have been sensible, but I thought I would just put a napkin from the glove compartment on the gas pedal and it would be okay.
It was not as okay as I would have liked. I drive a stick, so as I drove the thin crappy napkin form a fast food chain stuck to all three pedals, tearing to bits.
The more I drove, the messier it became, and when I opened the window the pieces of napkin swirled around my head like I was a post modern snow globe. I flailed my arms wildly, trying to see the city traffic around me.
Sometimes my life is a situation comedy. I tell these stories to people and they think I it's hyperbole. My nephew said about one story: Aunt Meg, that is not a story, that's a movie.
And so although my dreams of stardom went unfulfilled, at least my life is cinematic.
I don't know what became of the dog story. It was an interesting premise, but not having a dog shortened it up a good deal.
Have a good day, won't you? And please, pick up after yourself, and the dog.