The dog days of summer describes the hottest season of the year, which coincides with the rising of the dog-star, Sirius. According to the Romans, Sirius is the dog star because it is the brightest in the Canis Major constellation. The dogs days were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as the sun.
The Old Farmers Almanac says that in the northern hemisphere,
dog days begin July 3 and end August 11.
Many cultures believed dogs were more prone to
rabies during the dog days.
|Not rabid, just hot|
Today it is the season when dogs are most likely to stay inside and keep cool.