B y the time you read this, the U.S. may be on the verge of defaulting on its loans. But we’ll have NFL football this fall! At least somebody is able to come to an agreement. These are officially the “dog days” of summer. According to Wikipedia, “In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through Aug. 24 (or, alternatively July 23-Aug. 23). In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this period is still said to be the time of the Dog Days.”Dogs can interpret your body language and interpret it to their advantage, much like a two-year-old human. Does that make you feel better, or worse, about your dog’s behavior?Yes, we are aware that we ran an article about elk on Highway 13 directly beneath a photo of three bear cubs and their mother. We assumed our readers would know that the elk in the article were not depicted in the photo. Anyone who was confused is encouraged to contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department.Happy birthday to Dakota Giao, Amy May, Florence Klein, Katie Conrado, Kim Cook, Gahge Lagimoniere and Solveig Olson, July 28; Grant Nielson and Liz Backes, July 29; Susan Knezovich, Kay Bivens, Patty Wyatt, Sherry Mathews and Katie Coufos, July 30; Patti Hoke and Ethel Starbuck, July 31; Phyllis Lake and Makayla Sheridan, Aug. 1; Harry Tucker, Aug. 2; Darold Nay, Aug. 3.Happy anniversary to Curll and Linda Kline, July 28; Toby and Sonya Garcia, July 31; Wade and Marnell Bradfield, Aug. 2; Tyrell and Kaleyne Turner, Aug. 2; Don and Rosemary Hilkey, Aug. 2; Dale and Trish Hallebach, Aug. 3.Have you visited the Herald Times on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theheraldtimes? We’re also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeraldTimes. Like the Herald Times’s page, or become a follower on Twitter to comment online on articles and photos! Please send birthday greetings, anniversary wishes and other local social news to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail information to P.O. Box 720, Meeker, CO 81641.