Friday, August 04, 2006

Dog Days of Summer

Originally uploaded by cherylj_at_la.

The pictures don't have a whole lot to do with the post, but as I am an equal opportunity dog supporter (even of those wearing sweaters), I felt they were too cute to pass up for a "dog days" posting. One is a knit doggy sweater book, the other is crochet. Go to to find out more if your pooch needs a poncho.
Note: I can't do either, but I might want to learn to make Darcy a lovely sweater. The leaflets feature only "smaller dogs", so it seems we might have a "size-ist" attitude to large and lovely Labs.

The Dog Days or the dog days of summer are typically the hottest and most humid times of the year. They are a phenomenon of the northern hemisphere where they usually fall between July and early September but the actual days vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant.
The name-They get their name because the period this occurs is often during the time the star Sirius, known as the Dog Star (and the brightest star of all as seen from Earth), both rises after, and sets before, the Sun and is hence lost in the latter's glare. further north one goes, the longer Sirius remains invisible each year, and beyond a latitude of approximately 74°N the star never appears above the horizon at all, making the colloquial, modern use of the term "dog days" to refer to the hot days of summer less than universally accurate.

In 2005 the dog days fell between July 3 and August 11, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.


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