The Dog Days Are (Not) Over

Does it feel like you hit a wall of humidity every time you walk outside of an air-conditioned building? Yeah, me too. But, don't worry, with the dog days of summer in full swing, this is completely normal as temperatures and humidity reach new heights. The dog days of summer take place for 40 days and typically run from around Independence Day to mid-August.


Contrary to popular belief, the phrase "dog days of summer" has nothing to do with dogs – well, not really anyways. Quick history lesson: the dog days of summer originated with the Romans. Picture this, you're living in ancient Rome during the heat of the summer, and you decide to have a party. The party runs from late afternoon well into the evening, and instead of roasting marshmallows maybe you roast, I don't know, fish? Bread? So, you're roasting your choice of fish or bread with some of your best friends by your side and you all start to think about how hot it is. When you look up into the star-lit sky you see one super bright star. That bright star became known as Sirius because it comes from the constellation "Canis Major" – meaning large dog.

So, there you have it, the dog days of summer earned its name because they became associated with the star Sirius. This bright star was thought to elicit large amounts of heat toward Earth – it would rise and set with the sun, so ancient Romans thought it distributed heat to the sun.

As time passed, we've come to understand that the dog days of summer actually depend on the Earth's tilt, which happen to correspond to when Sirius is at its brightest, most prominent point in the sky. This year the dog days of summer will run from July 3 – August 11.

Personally, I'm still going to accept the idea that the dog days of summer begin when dogs across the globe become less energetic during these 40 days. They have to build up their energy at some point during the year, right? Well, while your furry friend is taking a rest be sure to keep yourself cool and hydrated through different summer activities such as swimming, taking a trip to the beach, and grabbing some ice cream at your favorite ice cream shop. Get some ideas from this video below!

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