The Dog Days of Summer
Every wondered “why” we call it that?
I thought that maybe it was because of how hot the summer months are, and how it makes our dogs lazy and lethargic. They are happy just to find a shady place to lay down and relax. Not much different than us humans, when those temperatures reach the high 90′s and more. It’s a grand time of the year that is for sure. Hot summer nights and lazy summer days….love it!
Makes sense to me that we’d call it “The Dog Days of Summer”
The truth is, the saying “The Dog Days of Summer” actually comes from ancient times, when the night sky was lit up by stars instead of city lights and smog.
When people saw different images. Images of bears (Ursa Major and Ursa Minor), the twins (Gemini), a bull (Taurus) and others of course including dogs (Canis Major and Canis Minor)
The brightest of the Stars in Canis Major is Sirius ( the big dog). It is so bright, that the ancient Romans believed the earth received heat from it.
During the summer months (late July to early Aug) Sirius “the dog star” rises and sets with the sun. The Ancients believed this added to the Sun’s heat creating a long sultry period of hot weather.
Over time the drifting of constellations has changed the location of Sirius and of course we have learned that the heat of the sun does not come from the radiation of a far away star.
No, the heat of summer is a direct result of the Earth’s tilt.
Regardless of where the name came from I like it! I love “The Dog Days of Summer”
Get out there and enjoy yourself. Whether that’s stopping the car to take in a baseball game, watching kids you don’t even know, or just enjoying nature and the sound of the buzzing Cicada’s that only come out this time of year.
The Dog Days of Summer, truly are wonderful!!
To your success!!
PS here’s a 30 sec video of MY dog enjoying the “Dog Days of Summer”