Enjoying the Dog Days of Summer
But where did the expression "dog days" even come from?
The Dog Star
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.
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:
Truth or Tales?
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?
Heat Related Illness
You do your best to protect yourself from the sun, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, you get:
Free spirited-- or Foolhardy?
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