Dog Days of Summer

 

I was curious today… Why do we call these the “dog days of summer?”

I learned something today.

“The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky…In the summer, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.”   source:  http://wilstar.com/dogdays.htm  

The “Dog Stars” of my summer?  Here they are:
~Ivan~
~Lenny~
~Unknown.  Waiting patiently for his/her owner outside Flour Bakery, Boston~
I love the long, hot, humid, “dog days” of summer!

 

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5 responses

  1. Great photos and adorable dogs!!!!! I am a big dog lover and have two dogs of my own, Zeus and Lucky. They are so funny, loving, and snuggly! I love them with all of my heart and soul! I have started a blog for my Rottweiler Zeus called Saving Zeus. He has a rare genetic disorder and we are trying to raise funds for the medical tests and treatment that he desperately needs. Also on my blog, I have funny stories and really cute photos of both of my boys. If you would like to donate or share our blog to help us save Zeus, or would just like a laugh after reading a funny story, visit my page. Since I am just getting started on my blog, there will be many more stories to come so check back every once in a while!

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