Here come the 'dog days'

Did you know? You can cool off at 'Dogs & Suds'
May 31, 2012
Photo by: File photo Sarge's "Dogs & Suds" — Here's your chance to help Sarge's dog and cat rescue effort.

This year everything is coming early, and the hot “dog days” of summer are already upon us.

Memorial Day weekend ushered in record high temperatures for many cities in the U.S. In Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis, it was so hot, you didn’t even need a barbecue to do your grilling.

Did you know? The traditional “Dog Days” of summer are not until July and August, when Sirius, aka the “Dog Star” is closest to the sun.

Sirius is the brightest start in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog) and is the brightest star in the night sky. In the heat of the summer, Sirius rises just before the sun. To many ancient cultures, this was an evil time — when the seas boiled, wine turned ba and dogs grew mad.

To modern Haywood County, however, this early hint of the “dog days” can only mean one thing (insert drum roll): It’s time for the first (hopefully annual) Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Dogs & Suds” fundraiser.

This is your opportunity to support all the good work Sarge’s does in our community — by eating hot dogs and drinking beer.

“Dogs and Suds” will be held at Frog Level Brewing Company (FLBC), 56 Commerce St., Waynesville, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14.

FLBC became Waynesville’s first microbrewery (in recent history) last December. You may recall my column Dec. 12, heralding this event with “Sudsy Claus is coming to town,” which pictured Clark Williams, head brewer, wearing a Santa hat. As it turns out, I’m really good at getting brewmasters to wear silly hats.

Clark’s nickname is Dawg, and we all know that the “suds” he is producing at FLBC are first class. As a matter of fact, Catcher in the Rye is my wife’s all-time favorite beer. But there I go off on another beer tangent.

Sarge’s “Dogs and Suds” promises to be one of the hottest events this summer. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, for a hot dog, handcrafted beer, chips and dessert.

Advance tickets are available at Sarge's Adoption Center, Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley, Jasper Carrot and Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery in downtown Waynesville.

I plan on being there, and to show that I have no hard feelings for dog owners, I’ll be showing off the scar from my spring Ingles parking lot experience. I’m sure you all read about it.