Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Do you know what the 'Dog Days of Summer' mean?
But do you know what the Dog Days of Summer are?
We investigated and wanted to share what we learned with you.
The term the 'Dog Days of Summer' has a rich history.
Some believe that 'Dog Days' goes all the way back to Roman times when they referred to it as diēs caniculārēs and associated the hot weather with the star Sirius which they considered the "Dog Star" (as it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major which means (Large Dog)).
Some used to believe that this time was when dogs went mad, and the emanations of Sirius affected dogs in a negative way. Their proof was excessive panting, lethargy and general malaise shown in dogs during this hot time of year made them susceptible to many diseases.
I like to think of them as time to get out there and enjoy Summer and all that Summer has to offer....hiking, swimming, agility, and just enjoying the great outdoors and the long warm days.
To read more about the 'Dog Days of Summer' check out these sites:
The Farmers Almanac