When the days get really hot, why do people call them “the dog days of summer”? Perhaps this term is no longer appropriate. We don’t want to offend the dogs by assigning our greatest days of discomfort to them.
So far, the dogs haven’t protested.
That’s no excuse for complacency. What would we do if a hundred thousand dogs marched on Washington, DC? Who would pick up all the poop? This is serious. If we don’t do something, man’s best friend might unfriend us on Facebook and demand more fireplugs.
We need to explain where the expression came from.
Some picture a lazy dog finding shelter from the heat, panting, his tongue hanging out, not interested in doing anything. That image would offend any dog. They need to hear the truth.
The ages-old saying “dog days of summer” came from the midyear rising of the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, meaning “bigger dog.”
The hottest days in Texas fall between July 15 and August 15.
The rising of the star has nothing to do with summer heat. How could summers be made cooler? As soon as Daylight Savings Time begins, the temperature gets hotter. Obviously we need to eliminate the time change. We could also change July and August to 21 days and add 10 days to the cooler months of April and October. How can we say that won’t help if we haven’t tried it?
August 5 is “Work like a Dog” day.
When people say, “It’s a dog’s life,” they’re thinking a dog has only to eat, sleep, run, and play. But when they say, “Work like a dog,” they’re referring to the work of sheep dogs keeping the flock together and huskies pulling sleds all day over the snow. So evidently, no matter whether we’re enjoying a vacation or working like dogs, we can praise the Lord in all things, being thankful for the dog days of summer.
From the first light at dawn until the sun disappears in the west, the Lord deserves our praise. — Psalm 113:3