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The Dog Days Of Summer

It's now the middle of August, traditionally known as the "Dog Days" of Summer. Curiously, dogs do play a role in how we got that expression, but not in the way you might think. The star Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky is a part of the constellation Canis Major or, The large dog. Sirius is known as the Dog Star. In ancient times it was believed that Sirius being as bright as it is, contributed heat to the Earth.


At this time of year Sirius and with it Canis Major, rise during the daytime. The ancient Romans believed that it was so hot at this time of year because the Dog Star was helping our Sun to heat up the Earth, and began to call this time of year, the dog days.


Many believe that we call this time, dog days because it's so hot for dogs, or the weather is not fit for even a dog. My dog Sophie, a Malamute, Husky cross suffers in this kind of heat. I have to run the air conditioning during the Summer to keep her cool. So we're partially right. The weather isn't fit for a dog!


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