This term has been used as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans for the hottest days of the year.
It has an astronomical link to the rising of the star Sirius which is called the “dog star. “ This happens with the time of the year that usually coincides with the warmest days.
It is also used to describe those lazy days that also occur when the weather outside is so hot that we don’t feel like doing anything.
As it happens, I recently shared the dog days of summer with a dog.
I was lucky enough to get to take a good dog friend on a camping trip and that provided some additional meaning to these long hot days.
As a cat owner, I’ll admit that I was in a dog daze.
There were things that I just couldn’t understand, like how they hate when you try to cool them off with a fan or use the blow dryer after a bath. Yet, they want to stick their head out the window going 60 MPH, no problem.
Or, how the doggie area at the highway rest stop seemed to be the highlight of the trip. All the smells and activity, the dog was possessed.
We tried to stay hydrated with lots of bottled water, but on hikes he was much more interested in natural streams and ponds. I am sure that there were little critters in the water that would have made me sick for a week, but I heard no complaints of doggie indigestion.
However, being locked together in tight quarters for the night, especially after rich camping grub, the aroma that evening could have been from anyone.
I was also surprised at how friendly and happy the dog remained, no matter what. I couldn’t tell if he was panting because of the heat or the excitement, but his tail was wagging constantly.
Do dogs not hold grudges?
When my kitty sees the camping equipment coming out she runs and hides. She hasn’t forgiven me for the one time we tried to go camping.
Of course it takes a lot of extra planning and mutual understandings to provide a safe and fun trip for all. We had a blast riding out the last of the dog days of summer together.