Many of the states this summer are experiencing unusually hot and humid weather. Tonight, again, the weather forecasters anticipating more of the same: named this time of year: the dog days of summer. The "dog days of summer" refer to the days starting in early July and running through early September.
The constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog) tells us more about how the "dogs days of summer" came to be known. The brightest star in the constellation Canis Major is the star Sirius or (Dog Star). There is no brighter star in the sky during the winter months than Sirius.
Ancient civilizations believed that Sirius was so bright, the star created heat to help warm the earth. In the summer months, Sirius rises and sets in conjunction with the sun and early followers of astronomy believed that Sirius contributed to the heat produced by the summer sun. This is the origin of the "dog days of summer".
I am not certain too many dogs enjoy the 90 degree plus days in the sun, but I am certain there are some of you who truly enjoy your special memories of summer and those of your favorite pets: dogs, cats, penguins, elephants and a plethora of other two and four legged creatures who could qualify as humanity's friends are featured as specialty gifts on the pages of our website.
Enjoy the "dog days of summer"... wherever they may find you. Pack up a Longaberger picnic basket! Take a tote bag along for the trip! Want a memento of your trip? Tell me where you traveled and I'll check our inventory for the places you stayed, the lighthouses you photographed or the monuments you treasure.