The Real Dog Days Of Summer

@MarymargII (10871)
Toronto, Ontario
August 8, 2016 11:14am CST
August has now crept up a little further on us, bringing to a close end- the dog days of summer. I used to think that these meant the last, hot days of summer but learned something different today. Originally the dog days of summer refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens in the constellations canis major and lepus. The star Sirius is the dog’s nose and the Greeks called it the “dog star". The research is taken from National Geographic on-line where they say, "To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe." Well, that part is still true today! Here I was thinking the dog days were mid-August to the end when for me anyway, the days are the hottest. But the early Greeks were referring from late July to around August 11. So we are still in the dog days now where apparently it is, "a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence," according to Dictionary. com. And I'll take that- sounds just perfect! LOL! Photo: mine (baby granddaughter lounges in the dog days)
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Aug 16
I didn't know the astrological meaning behind dog days..., just the lethargy, and inactivity reference..lol's thanks for sharing... nice photo of your granddaughter...
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Aug 16
All I knew was that they were here- with no rain here,either!
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@sueznewz2 (10155)
• Alicante, Spain
9 Aug 16
@MarymargII lol.. same in spain too... no rain....
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Aug 16
@sueznewz2 Really no rain and we're in the dog days of summer- maybe there's a general drought in places? Here- all the grass is brown :/
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@just4him (133032)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Aug 16
Wondered about the picture - she's a cutie. I didn't know that about the dog days of summer either. Very interesting.
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Aug 16
Yes I guess I should have had a pic of a dog- but she epitomizes the hot summer as she plays in the sun!
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@just4him (133032)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Aug 16
@MarymargII Yes she does!
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@sishy7 (27589)
• Australia
24 Aug 16
Your baby granddaughter is so adorable - and what a cute hat she has on...
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
24 Aug 16
Ha she is a sweetie for sure- is having lots of fun this summer too!
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@rina110383 (24064)
9 Aug 16
She's an adorable kid.
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Aug 16
She is a sweetie!
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@jaboUK (55157)
• United Kingdom
8 Aug 16
What a lovely photo. I do remember reading about the dog days, but had forgotten it.
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
9 Aug 16
A lot of Americans and Canadians refer to it- I kind of like the connotation.
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@marlina (80846)
• Canada
8 Aug 16
Yes, but the Greeks live in a very different climate, so might not be appropriate here.
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
8 Aug 16
True= these days it still refers to the hottest days of summer so I'll take it- ha! And for me it refers to from now to the end of August or thereabouts! :)
• United States
8 Aug 16
Awww such a cute picture of your baby granddaughter enjoying the sand. I didn't know about the dogs days of summer either
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
8 Aug 16
I Love this picture- Marilyn- and I now have it framed- she's two and a half now and getting bigger by the day!
@GardenGerty (105558)
• United States
8 Aug 16
I had heard that fact but it does not stay with me. I think I confuse it with Indian Summer. Now I will have to search for that.
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@MarymargII (10871)
• Toronto, Ontario
8 Aug 16
It is interesting how these terms come up and stay with us!
@sallypup (30134)
• Moses Lake, Washington
8 Aug 16
Sweet kiddo photo.
@BelleStarr (40281)
• United States
8 Aug 16
What a sweet picture, I had no idea what the dog days meant so thank you for that information.