Here in Minnie, we call August the Dog Days of Summer. Farmers Almanac says the Dog Days officially are July 7 – August 11 – but man – I think it is all of August!
National Geographic says that these punishingly hot summer days get their name from an ancient belief about the brightest star in the sky—not from dogs’ tendency to lay around lazy in the heat. Huh? Who knew?
“Instead, the dog days refer to Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which means “big dog” in Latin and is said to represent one of Orion’s hunting dogs. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the time Sirius appears to rise alongside the sun, in late July in the Northern Hemisphere. They believed the heat from the two stars combined is what made these days the hottest of the year.” Read it all here.
That story is pretty cool, ok ok, cool is the wrong choice of words when talking about the Dog Days of Summer. And while I type this, Florence and The Machine is on repeat in my head.
Dog-gone-it! Have a great rest of the summer friends and Happy August.
Be Your Own JoyMaster. Xoxoxo Lisa