Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dog Days of Summer...

Ahhh, summer. Hot. Sultry. Steamy. Sticky. Humid. I’m sweating just writing those words. Did you know that we’re smack dab in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer? Yup. The Dog Days’ dates run anywhere from July 24th through August 24th. The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th. Mmm. Better tell my dog that. He started summer way back in May.

Here are some interesting facts about the Dog Days of Summer:

·         The name ‘Dog Days’ comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, a.k.a. the Dog Star, is in close proximity  to the sun and was responsible for the hot weather.

·         The Romans considered Sirius to be the Dog Star because it’s the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).

·         The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot weather.

·         For the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile’s flooding, so they used the star as a ‘watchdog’ for that  event.

·         Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time where “the Sea boiled, the wine turned sour. Dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.”
Being a writer, I looked up ‘phrensies’ and found it was another word for frenzy. I believe it. At times this heat has made me a little frenzied. Frazzled even. Some days it was hard to move, the air was so thick and heavy. My fingers stuck to my computer mouse pad and refused to move. I should have taken a cue from my pets, and given into the Dog Days of Summer by just chill-laxing. Stay cool for the rest of the summer everyone!

Oh, and speaking of cool, the winner of the Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop is…drum roll… T. Frances! Congrats, T. Francis, I’ll be contacting you to send you an ecopy of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis in the format of your choice. Cheers!


  1. Good luck surviving the dog days, Sharon! (And I love the pics of your pets.) So sweet. I've also heard that dog days, and dogs being in a "frenzy" referred to the prevalance of rabies in dogs and other animals (before we knew what it was.) Thank goodness we now have a vaccine for that!

  2. Wow, I never thought of rabies! Makes sense. Thanks for adding that bit of info, Linda! Thank God there are people like you who love our furry or feathered friends! Cheers!

  3. I wish you could send those hot, lazy dog days over here. Not much sun frazzling taking place, unfortunately. Happy summer. :-)

  4. This park is convenient to the interstate and has the restaurant with entertainment on premises. The park is indeed old, but our site was level and the utilities all worked. The meal and entertainment were great!. We camped in a motorhome. We camped here in a Motorhome. great dog site pictures