Dog Days of Summer

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


It’s commonly thought that the expression “Dog Days of Summer” refers to the hottest time of the year. If true, that would have been during June’s heat wave. But the expression actually derives from ancient observations of Sirius, the Dog Star and its annual rising in the morning during summer.  It is also the brightest star, after the sun. The Old Farmers Almanac places Dog Days at 40 days from July 3 to August 11. Both observations just happen to coincide with (typically) the hottest time of the year.

But, what if you actually have dogs and you want to enjoy the hotter days of summer in Clark County WA?  Here are a few suggestions - just remember to bring water for yourself and your canine companions. And observe common courtesy - leash up where required and always clean up after your dog.

Off-leash Dog Parks. A great way to start the day, and work off some energy before it gets too hot. If you live in the area, check out DogPaw Off Leash Parks  to see if there is one near you.

Cape Horn Hikes

Early morning hikes in the Columbia Gorge.  The western part of the Gorge and can provide a nice respite from the heat. Both sides of the Columbia River have excellent hiking trails and outdoor vistas.  One hike close by is Cape Horn Trail just off Highway 14. It starts out a bit steep, but levels off to a nice hike up to Nancy Russell Overlook with panoramic views of the Gorge.

Two helpful references are Best Hikes with Dogs Western Washington by Dan Nelson and Best Hikes with Dogs by Ellen Morris Bishop.  Although the second is focused on Oregon, there are several areas that are easily accessible within a one-day drive from Vancouver.

Go Jump in a Lake! (Or River or Beach.) You don’t have to be a water dog to enjoy water sports in our area.  The Lewis, Washougal, and Columbia rivers all offer places to swim with your dogs. And many lakes in the county allow swimming. But be on the look out for algae bloom -  it can be toxic to humans and dogs. Check with local authorities and look for posted warnings before entering the water. Finally, check out the beaches on the Long Beach Peninsula.  A little over 2 hours to miles of off-leash fun right on the ocean.  It will not only cool off your pups, but also wear them out for the trip home!

Or Just Stay Home.  And if you can’t make it to one of those destinations, you can always resort to the backyard kiddie pool. Trust us, even before you can get the water in, it will be a hit with the Dog Days of Summer!


Looking for a place to beat the heat and enjoy summer?  Call us, we have homes with Nature as Neighbors.

Posted by

Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (10)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Your dogs are adorable! It's amazing how much a dog can teach their owners and you have lots of experience! This is a great blog post and very educational too! When I look at your dogs, they look so happy. And to think, if I'm not mistaken, they aren't even from siblings! If only people could appreciate dogs more for their gifts they give and weren't given up before they can become part of a family. You are great pet owners. I really enjoyed reading this post. 

Jul 24, 2021 11:34 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - not going to sugar-coat it, they are a LOT of work. But yes, they are so worth it. One of these days, all the activity and work we put in during their early years will pay off. 

Jul 24, 2021 01:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Until I moved to TX, I was a multiple pet owner since being a child. It takes a lot of patience, responsibility, accountability, and commitment. The rewards of unconditional love and protection are worth the balls of fur and sloppy kisses. 

Jul 24, 2021 02:46 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, with the extreme heat you all have experienced, am sure the pups enjoy the pool and cool water.

Jul 29, 2021 06:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb and Bernie:

Those two are just so cute together, and perfect inspiration for an informative post about the dog days of summer.

We have a plastic pool similar to that for our 2 younger granddaughters! Although they tend to enjoy the big in-ground spa more.


Jul 30, 2021 05:54 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We have a lovely day in Maryland and my morning activities were working in the garden and yard.

Have a very special weekend.

Jul 31, 2021 10:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I am so glad I found this post, and I am not a fan of the Dog Days of Summer, but your picture and post has me reconsidering:))Endre

Aug 08, 2021 11:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hope all is well with you guys it has been ages since we connected, Endre

Oct 22, 2021 11:52 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, what an adorable picture, Debb & Bernie! LOVE those two babies together and I know they are loving their lives where there is plenty of room to play and a family that adores them! Lucky dogs!!

Nov 15, 2021 06:02 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 We are celebrating our first thanksgiving and holiday season with our Boomer. He just turned 9 weeks old Debb 🙂

Nov 27, 2021 10:12 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a great way to introduce local points of interest! I didn't know about the meaning behind dog days of summer. A favorite movie for me way back when was Dog Day Afternoon!

Dec 11, 2021 07:09 AM