The Dog Days of 2013

suzanneDid you know where the term Dog Days comes from?  I had no idea until I heard it a few weeks ago in conversation and decided that I needed to know.  It turns out that the term was introduced before the Bible was written.   The Greeks and the Romans believed that the warm, sultry days were caused by the rising of Sirius, the DOG star, in the constellation of Canis Major (Big Dog).  They sacrificed a red dog to appease the star in hopes of avoiding many hot days.  I wonder if the dog was a Basenji?  Having spent about 15 years with a Besenji, Zephyr, I can imagine them being victim to this fate.  But that is another story all together.  t I loved Zephyr and mourned his death.  But he was a handful.  Historically, this time was July and August but I have remembered the sultry days in California to always be in September and often encompassing Labor Day.

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We certainly experienced the warm and sultry days the first week of September.  And how better to embrace them than to have an evening enjoying the beautiful landscape and glorious foods of Sonoma County.   Russian River wines, local cheeses, Forestville bread, home grown vegetables and Bodega Bay salmon made up the menu. The temperature was perfect.  The setting was lovely.  The company was entertaining.  The sunset was inspiring.sunset

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2 Responses to “The Dog Days of 2013”


  1. 2 Chris Langland September 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    The history teacher in me must point out that the custom is from before the New Testament was written. The Bible substantially pre-dates classical Greek and Roman civilization.

    Nice read anyway!


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