How much do you love this picture? Meet Major Richley. He is my friend Myra's dog and she took this picture which she graciously let me use! This picture is the epitome of summer and the dog days we have been having here in Indiana.
I wondered where that phrase came from so I thought I'd share in case you wondered too...
According to Wikipedia, in Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24 (or, alternatively July 23-August 23). In many European cultures (German, French, Italian) this period is still said to be the time of the Dog Days.
The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January.
In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.
When speaking of "Dawg dayz" there seems to be a connotation of lying or "dogging" around, or being "dog tired" on these hot and very humid days. And that is exactly what I am doing today.