Catch a falling star

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away.
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day.

If I said I’d been howling at the moon you probably wouldn’t be surprised, but you may be surprised to learn that I enjoy stargazing with my bipeds. I haven’t heard of many dogs taking an interest in this, but it provides excellent opportunities for sampling the sounds and smells of the night.

I don’t think my bipeds are very good at stargazing, but the night sky here in the mountains is so bright and clear in good weather that they have a lot of fun looking at it. They claim to recognise Orion, the Plough (Big Dipper), Cassiopeia and the Milky Way. I’m not so sure that they have a clue what they’re talking about because those names sound like mythological characters, or something you’d find in the sweet shop! They talk about a few other constellations, but they can never agree where they are.

Milky Way  - from http://www.ForestWander.com [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Milky Way – from http://www.ForestWander.com [CC-BY-SA-3.0-us (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday the moon set at just after eleven and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. They said that was lucky and we would watch the Perseid meteor shower. They turned off our lights and we went to the darkest corner of the garden and settled down. They made themselves comfortable and started gazing up at the sky. They seemed quite happy, so I thought it a good time to go and have a sniff around the garden. It’s fun to have plenty of time to do this in the dark without being told it’s bedtime and I should come indoors!

After inspecting the boundaries thoroughly, I went and settled down near the bipeds. They were enjoying watching the bats that were still flying about. We could hear an owl in the distance and the crickets were being as noisy as usual. I savoured the different smells that were wafting my way, while they chatted quietly.

After a while one of them said, “There – a shooting star!”

And the other replied, “Yes, and there’s another!”

By Jared Tennant (Perseid meteor shower) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Jared Tennant (Perseid meteor shower) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I heard a noise from the other side of the fence that backs onto a field, so I wandered over to investigate. I had a sniff and listened carefully. I was about to bark a warning, when my bipeds called me back. They said that whatever it was on the other side of the fence wasn’t doing any harm. Well, obviously, that was because I was there to make sure that it didn’t! I went back to my bipeds, but I kept listening until I was sure the interloper had gone.

By Nick Ares from Auburn, CA, United States (Perseid Meteor 8/12/08) [CC-BY-SA-2.0

By Nick Ares from Auburn, CA, United States (Perseid Meteor 8/12/08) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The shooting stars were a lot more frequent now. Some of them were leaving really long, bright trails in the sky. My bipeds didn’t take any photographs – they had tried to take one of the moon before it set and we could hardly see the moon in the photograph, so I don’t think they’d have done very well capturing shooting stars!

My bipeds were glad it was such a clear night, they really enjoyed watching the meteor shower.  And I enjoyed spending time relaxing with them, while I savoured the night air!

See you next Wednesday!

99 thoughts on “Catch a falling star

  1. We don’t see many falling stars here but when we do we make a wish! Did you make a wish Clowie?

  2. Oh, sweet Clowie it sounds like you did a great job making sure no harm was on the other side of that fence. We know you would have barked had there been danger there. It sounds like you all had a very enjoyable night star gazing and enjoying the smells. Hugs and nose kisses

  3. Oh, my mom just loves that song 🙂 How exciting that you got to watch all those beautiful shooting stars with your bipeds, Clowie!

    • That song is quite catchy! The shooting stars really were beautiful and we were so lucky with the weather to be able to see them so well.

  4. Mom and Dad love to sit and watch the stars, but we prefer to be inside after dark. They will sit out on the deck to watch so we lay inside where we can keep an eye on them. I bet your Bipeds love that you lay out there with them and share the special time 🙂

    • I’m glad you keep an eye on them! Bipeds have no idea what dangers are about. I think they do like having me with them just enjoying some quiet time.

  5. How lovely you got to see the shooting stars Clowie and sniff the night air. We were far too disorganised to remember to look for them.

    • It was lovely! We have had so many storms this summer that we were quite surprised when we got such a beautiful clear night for it.

  6. I bet now all kitties are drooling about the milky way. I love it to watch the stars – sometimes one of this guys winks at me :o)

  7. Lucky you Clowie. We’d love to see some shooting stars but the night sky is not even good enough here for stars. Enjoy. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • We never had much luck looking at the sky when we lived in England. We could only usually see clouds! It’s lovely to be able to see the sky.

  8. In wintertime , we can see falling stars … But we have something else up here and that is the Northern Light … An amazing spectacle with dancing flames, around the sky in different colors // Yarri and Maria 🙂

  9. Mom and I went out front to look at the Perseids, too. And guess what we saw – CLOUDS. A whole sky full of clouds. No stars at all. Bummer. We had a lot of wishes we wanted to make…..
    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    • That must have been very disappointing! We have had lots of storms this year, so we feel incredibly lucky to have had such a clear night to watch the stars.

  10. Oh Clowie I’m so happy you enjoyed the meteor shower…..my Mom was VERY disappointed that we had clouds and couldn’t watch. She loves the Perseids……..I think “someone” knew how sad she was to miss them though because this morning when we were out in the dark for my first walk of the day, she saw ONE……just ONE……streaking through the dark sky……maybe it was just for her?? Have a super Wednesday Clowie!

    Kitty Hugs, sammy

    • I’m glad your mom got to see a shooting star! They are very beautiful. We didn’t think we’d see them this year because we’ve had a lot of stormy weather – so it was special to get a clear night.

  11. wow! You got to see the falling stars? I wish I could have some falling cookies!

  12. We heard they were around here this week too, but Mom was too busy sleeping to get up and watch. Katie would have been scared for sure!

    • We were lucky with the moon and the weather this year, so it was a very pretty display. I think Katie would have been too busy keeping you all safe to be scared!

  13. That’s fantastic! We had too many clouds to see ANYTHING.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

  14. When we lived in HI love to check out the sky at night. Now we are back home (mainland) just too many city lights not much stars. That is PAWsome. Happy Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • We appreciate being able to see the stars here. It’s often really clear and bright, it’s so pretty. There were always too many clouds when we lived in England!

  15. Lucky you. We always miss the meteor showers.

  16. I hope you made a wish on each of those falling stars… I’ve only seen a few of them before and they are really cool!

  17. Very cool! Been too cloudy at night here to see the shower 😦 Have you seen the Dog Star, Clowie?

    • We’ve had a lot of cloudy nights before and since, so we felt really lucky to see the shower. I’ve asked my bipeds to point out the Dog Star, but I’m not sure they have got it right – I’m going to look on some astronomy sites for myself!

  18. Clowie, my daddy-dog likes to star gaze with his telescope. It hooks up to a program on the laptop so he can select stars by their names to look at. Ma and I just enjoy being outside in the quiet night air.

  19. Whee tried watching the falling stars with our hoomans but they fell asleep to early. Honestly, why does whee employ them?! ^_^

    Happy Wednesday

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

    • Couldn’t you “whee” loud enough to wake them up? One of mine forgot to put insect repellant on and has a few mosquito bites!

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