I read some info about why we call some parts of this season the “Dog Days.” According to Wikipedia, the Romans correlated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They named it the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). The Dog Days were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise. Hate to tell you, but the Romans reportedly sacrificed a dog in April to make Sirius happy and not cause the hot, unpleasant weather in the later months.
In ancient times, the dates were July 24th through August 24th or from July 23 through August 23rd. Wikipedia tells me that we have to make some adjustments for modern times. I stopped reading.
Because I know what the Dog Days are at my house. It’s the days when Hank, our yellow Lab, retreats to the tile floor of the first floor bathroom to keep cool or insists on a session of Frisbee-throwing into the pool. It’s when we finally break down and turn on our air conditioning (hideously expensive in SoCal). It’s when we don’t even think about cooking indoors and we wipe down the very furry cat with a wet washcloth.
I have a big fan that I point at myself while I read a book that takes me away from the unpleasant temps. As all voracious readers know, reading is the best antidote to just about everything.
What makes it a Dog Day for you? What do you do to keep cool?