To my fellow canines . . .
Well here it is July, a great time to go exploring new towns with your humans. In my travels I find that in the hot weather many merchants put water bowls out for us on the sidewalks or allow well behaved dogs to enter the store with their humans. That is so cool!!. But just in case, make sure to remind your humans to bring lots of water along. Also, they may not notice because they have shoes on, but tell them that the summer sun makes the sidewalk very hot for us to walk on. Rock always tries to walk with me on the shady side of the street and always leaves me in the shade when he goes into a store, unless of course I can go in with him. He says you can never be too careful during the “dog days of summer”. You know I always thought that the dog days of summer were when I and my fellow canines got to lay around and sleep all day because it was so darn hot. Okay, I don’t need the heat for that. Well Rock enjoys Greek mythology, hence my name, and he did some research.
Many people today use the phrase to mean something just like that, however originally the phrase actually had nothing to do with live dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius, the dog star in the constellation Canis Major, 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, drought or even catastrophe. Wow, thanks Rock - that’s scary! I think I’ll stay right here where it’s safe in the cool grass under this tree and catch a few Zzzzzz’s
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