Dog Days of Summer
Have you noticed that the weather people are talking about the fact that we are in the ‘dog days’ of summer? Have you ever wondered, what are the dog days of summer and how did dog days get that name? Why not the ‘cat days’ of summer or the ‘hamster days’? As they say, “Inquiring minds want to know!”
Summer can be “ruff” with soaring temperatures that leave us panting for relief.
There has always been speculation about what the term ‘dog days’ means, such as: The weather is so hot that even the dogs go mad. Or, it’s so hot that it’s not even fit for a dog. So what is the canine connection? The phrase actually has less to do with earthly dogs and everything to do with what is happening in the summer sky.
Well, we can probably thank ancient cultures, astronomy, and some mistaken beliefs about dogs for this mysterious phrase that connects our pups to this time of year. The dog days of summer usually occur between July 3 and August 11.
Regardless of how hot the day may be, there’s nothing more inviting than spending some time with a man’s best friend, whether it be a walk in the park, other playful times, or just napping together on the sofa, or sitting together on the porch.
At any rate, when a man has his dog, it’s a good day!
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