Mom told me the other day we are in the “Dog Days of Summer” here in Mars.
It’s pretty darn hot around here, but what does that have to do with dogs? (I mean…. I know I’m pretty “hot,” sexy, handsome, charming, and all that… but not ALL dogs are are quite as lucky as me – eh?)
So I asked Mom to “google” what the heck dogs have to do with hot summer days, and guess what?! We discovered a story of astronomical proportions!
Contrary to common conjecture, the “dog days of summer” does NOT get its name because the heat is so extreme it drives dogs mad or because dogs lie around panting in the heat (Sheesh! Really people?! How dare you think such disdainful thoughts!)
The actual background of the phrase refers to the one-to-two month period when a particularly bright, shiny, snazzy, jazzy, super-amazing, georgeous, “hot” star named Sirius, the Dog Star, or Alpha Canis Majoris (Latin for “Greater Dog!”), rises and sets with the sun, shining during the daylight hours and staying hidden at night.
So you see, it’s really about us dogs being the STARS in your life. (Right Mom?)
That’s why I’m smiling in my photo here.
(or……. it might have been because my Mom was holding a treat while asking me to “stay.”)
I like to be thought of as a Star. So you can call feel free to call me “Great” for short.
but pleaaaassseee don’t call me late for dinner!
Woofs & Wags,
Charlie is an adopted dog with brown eyes and a white-tipped tail who brings joy and laughter to his family and friends. Charlie is a gifted writer, raving food critic, cat, chipmunk, and donut lover, and exceptionally photogenic model. Some of his best friends are Mike theUPS Man, Cliff the Mailman, and ANYONE who delivers pizza to the house. If you would like to read more guest posts by Charlie, simply type “Charlie” into the Search box at the top right hand corner of this link: https://lifeinbetween.me/. If you would enjoy a companion like Charlie, please consider pet adoption.