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The Dog Days of Summer are the hot & humid months of summer - July & August in the Northern Hemisphere; January & February in the Southern Hemisphere.
It was once believed to be a time of bad luck, unrest, drought, and heat so extreme that men and dogs would go mad. Now, they're thought of fondly as the lazy days of summer. This period of summer's hottest days coincides with the sunrise rising of Sirius, the Dog Star, an occurrence that ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians thought contributed to the heat when combined with the sun.
DOG DAYS DOG TIP: Before you take your pooch out for a walk or to the beach, be sure to test the sidewalk or sand first. Place your bare foot on the surface - if it's too hot for you, it is definitely too hot for you pup's paw pads (they can severely burn).
Also, keep your pets hydrated, and never leave them unattended in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, the heat rises rapidly. If there is a chance you'll leave them in the car, leave them at home instead.
Pace yourself and have fun!
- The Holiday Chicks