Friday, June 5, 2020

Howling at the Strawberry Moon

by Jazz Ramsey from Kylie Logan’s “The Secrets of Bones”

The full Strawberry Moon is tonight and Wally, the Airedale pup I’m training to be a cadaver dog, and I plan to celebrate.  Our nightly walk through the neighborhood will be extra special with the full moon shining down on us.

Why is it called the Strawberry Moon?

According to what I’ve read, the full moon of June is named for the relatively short strawberry-growing season here in North America.  In Europe where strawberries were once unknown, June’s full Moon was most commonly known as the Rose Moon because this was the month when gardens reached their peak, and the rose bushes exploded into color.

Whatever you call it, the moon is sure to be a treat, and if you live somewhere other than North America, you’ll be able to see an eclipse, too.  I wonder what Wally would think of that!  He’ll have a chance to find out next month when an eclipse can be seen in our part of the world.

Will tonight’s moon be pink?  Not a chance!  But hey, why not take the opportunity to honor the occasion with some good, old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.

As for Wally . . . he loves strawberries, and as it turns out they’re a healthy, low-calorie treat for your dog, full of antioxidants, high in fiber and vitamin C. Strawberries can also help whiten dogs’ teeth.

It’s a win/win all around!  A walk in the moonlight and strawberries when we get home.  Wally is sure to howl in celebration!

"The Scent of Murder,"  Book #1 in the Jazz Ramsey Mystery Series
is now available in paperback

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