Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

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Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

But where did the expression "dog days" even come from?

The Dog Star

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

According to ancient lore, Sirius-- the largest star in Canis Major-- is brightest from late July to mid-August. That period of time was (and still is) associated with heat, drought and sudden thunderstorms. These factors were believed to cause madness in dogs.

Cottage Life

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

If you are fortunate enough to have a family cottage, sharing the time and responsibilities with other family members bring another whole set of challenges:

How to Share the Family Cottage Peacefully

Truth or Tales?

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

Conventional wisdom is rife with summer safety tips-- but how many of these gems are factually correct?

•do you have to wait an hour after eating before swimming?

•what to do if you encounter a bear?

•does water provide protection from the sun?

•are some people more prone to mosquito bites?

4 myths of summer

Heat Related Illness

Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

You do your best to protect yourself from the sun, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, you get:

Too Much Sun

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Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer

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