Hurst begins the story by, "...summer was dead, but autumn had not yet been born...".
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We can infer the month would September from the description at the beginning of the story. We also know that Doodle's birthday is a bit later.... October.
We chose to reveal all on October eighth, Doodle's sixth birthday, and for weeks ahead we mooned around the house, promising everybody a most spectacular surprise.
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