Summer sucks.

Its too hot and too sunny for a black puppy to go outside and play, so Arnies bored and pouting.

I think this is why I get some degree of Summer SAD– I can only go outside from like, 5 am to 8 am. Rest of the day, its miserable out.

Summer sucks.


  1. #1 DAM10N
    July 6, 2008

    You should have come out to the big atheist pool party and taught the puppy to swim! It is so cute how they will automatically aor-puppy-paddle if you hold them just a few inches above the water. 😉

  2. #2 Optimus Primate
    July 6, 2008

    Max Bear can relate. We have to wait until nearly dark to walk these days.

  3. #3 ERV
    July 6, 2008

    Nooooooooooo… Arnie ‘doesnt like’ water. Sprinklers, standing water after a rain shower, rain itself, and especially pools.

    Ive only owned labs before, so I find this strange and hysterical.

  4. #4 Darek
    July 6, 2008

    Agreed, summer does suck. Every morning I want to punch the local weatherman in the face for blathering on about the beautiful weather. When its so hot that Im dripping in sweat and am constantly blinded by the sun the last thing I want to do is go outside, you douchetard. Fortunately this summer I spend most of the day in an air conditioned basement lab.

    By the way, in that pic Arnie looks exactly like my cats do during the summer.

  5. #5 JanieBelle
    July 6, 2008

    I lurve summer.

    I think maybe your issue is too much clothing and not enough alcohol.

    I’ll let you and Arnie sort out whose problem is whose.


  6. #6 llewelly
    July 6, 2008

    You need to shift to a nocturnal schedule. Sleep all day and go out at night.

  7. #7 ssjessiechan
    July 6, 2008

    Awwww! Diggledoggie bored! Wook at his widdle eyes!

    Me and the hubby feel this way during the day for sure, but our kitty doesn’t mind the heat so much. She seems to find the extra opportunity for a nap to be of some kind of benefit.

    Summer’s great for evening walks though. We can go walking around the residential areas for Kitty Spotting (12 last night!), or we can walk to the light house on the shore and do Kitty Spotting: Feral Edition and see the kitties living in the rocks by the water. Including our favourite, Hitler Moustache Kitty! Mwahaha!

    I suppose Arnie wouldn’t be helpful on Kitty Spotting trips though. >_>; But maybe he’d enjoy it in his own way? XD

  8. #8 Paul Lundgren
    July 6, 2008

    Maybe you could add some bleach the next time you put him in the washing machine?

    Hey, Arnie…JUST KIDDING!!!

  9. #9 Dr Benway
    July 6, 2008

    I am loving these beautiful, long, summer days. Soon they’ll be gone. Then the snow comes and you have to tuck your hands into your coat sleeves before you touch your steering wheel. Your 45 minute commute one way becomes a 90 minute commute. And it’s dark all the time.

    Winter is great until about mid-January. Then the party’s over. Yet winter here goes into April.

    My one complaint about summer: mosquitoes. I hate those fuckers. They, unfortunately, love me.

    It just occurred to me that this Fructis shampoo I’ve been using could be attracting them. My husband keeps his hair military short and doesn’t bother with shampoo. The skeeters seem to chase him less.

    Tomorrow I’m gonna load up on unscented everything.

  10. #10 Joshua
    July 6, 2008

    You ain’t kiddin’, sister! Bostonians like to complain about our winters, but really it’s the summers I find unbearable. It means having to bring a change of clothes every day because I bike to work and being sweaty and miserable all the time. Yuck.

  11. #11 John Phillips, FCD
    July 6, 2008

    Well, in the UK we are having a summer that is more like a British November. Lots of wind and rain with the sun very occasional peeking out and I love it as I hate the heat, even the UK lukewarm kind of summer heat.

  12. #12 Bob O'H
    July 7, 2008

    John – how is that different from any other British summer?

  13. #13 Dustin
    July 7, 2008

    Since I’ve moved to Iowa, I’ve taken to describing the weather as “bullshit” regardless of what it happens to be doing. Even when the consensus around here is that the weather is “nice”, the humidity is making my hair frizz out and my nicely starched shirt droop and wrinkle.

    My cactus collection agrees with me. They’re all etiolating in the middle of summer. Maybe we should trade climates?

  14. #14 FastLane
    July 7, 2008

    As a former Arizonan, I have to disagree. I love the summers (in the desert).

    As a current resident of Dumbfuckistan err…Kansas, I agree a little more. But winters still suck way worse.

    Arnie doesn’t look bored so much as…sleepy. =)

    My AC went out on the house last tuesday, hopefully, it will be fixed in the next day or two. Hard to sleep when it’s this warm.


  15. #15 Paul Lundgren
    July 7, 2008

    @Abbie #3:

    Arnie ‘doesnt like’ water.

    Is it just me, or did you actually use not one but TWO apostrophes in a sentence? Your mother needs to hear about this, she’ll be so proud!

    I rarely use apostrophes, and when I use them, its inappropriately. I declared war against apostrophes in third grade, my mother is an English teacher, there is nothing you can say that will change my mind.

  16. #16 khops
    July 7, 2008

    I can definitely sympathize. I never knew what real summer was growing up in NJ until I moved down to NC for grad school. This place is the deepest form of hell possible in the summer. It is so humid it’s like I go for a swim every time I step outside. Add my own black dog (basselab perhaps?) to that mix and we go outside for maybe an hour a day. Daisy runs for 30 seconds, realizes it is still hot as balls, and pants and drags her feet the rest of the walk. She does what Arnie is doing in that picture a lot, I think we’ve decided she’s trying to cool her belly. Or pose for a centerfold.

  17. #17 Pocket Nerd
    July 7, 2008

    I feel your pain– I’m a redhead with extremely pale skin. Ten to twenty minutes in direct summer sunlight is enough to burn me, and on top of that it’s so bright I can’t fully open my eyes without a pair of dark sunglasses over them.

    And my family’s pits never liked water, either. I think it might be related to having all the buoyancy of a brick.

  18. #18 Stacy S.
    July 7, 2008

    I’m a cat person but your doggie is cuuuute!

  19. #19 baley
    July 8, 2008

    You should come to UK then, here you get 3 days 7 days of summer tops! While you do get sun (well more than the usual)the temperature hardly gets more than 23C [73F] mostly in the 15-20 [60-68] range :s

  20. #20 JD
    July 8, 2008

    Ummm…excuse me…but summer IS awesome!!! One phrase: Girls…hot, hot weather…bikinis….the end(s).

  21. #21 MrMeatloaf
    June 23, 2009

    I don’t have a problem with winter, ice on the road slows travel, granted. However, in summer, it gets unbearably hot and humid to the point where you sweat profusely after two minutes even if you’re hardly wearing or doing anything. And then there’s the air quality, it’s awful and unhealthy–I’d gladly deal with driving on ice in freezing temperatures than worry about my truck overheating. Hot weather has an adverse effect on the engine when I’m flying an airplane also. And then there’s the bugs…endless barrages of those damned chiggers/ticks/mosquitos/flies, etc. I can tolerate being outside any time of the day in winter, we have the technology to survive it. Summer…sucks! Most of the girls in bikinis tend to be indoors nowadays. So if getting a heatstroke is your thing, I guess summer is for you.

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