July 13, 2012

The Dog Days of Summer

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Dog Days of Summer is the 40 day period beginning on July 3rd through August 23rd. The Romans marked a similar period where the weather became hot and rainfall was at its lowest levels of the year. They associated this occurrence with the timely sighting of the “Dog Star”, named Sirius, because it was the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog). It is also the brightest star in the night sky.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813.
Enough doom and gloom! Today, we think of man’s best friend and man indulging in the leisure of summer. Here are 3 trendy ladies taking their ‘babies’ on a stroll along Central Park West.