The Dog Days of Summer

You always hear about the Dog Days of Summer but do you know where the saying comes from?  Certainly, if you own a dog it could be assumed that it has something to do with your pooch.  But it really doesn’t.

Webster defines Dog Days of Summer as:
1 – the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the northern hemisphere.  OR
2 – a period of stagnation or inactivity.

In reality, the Dog Days of Summer orignates back to ancient times when people would gaze upon the night time stars.  Today most everyone has heard of Sirius and if asked, many would say that Sirius is a satellite radio company.  They would be right, but Sirius is also the brightest star in the constellation, Canis Major.  (Canis Major is also known as “The Big Dog”)

During the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the sun and our ancestors believed that heat from the star Sirius added heat to the sun and therefore increased the heat during a period of time during the summer months.  (Do you suppose Al Gore knows that there was “Global Warming” due to the star Sirius?)  Obviously this is not the case, but the rumor stuck and today we celebrate the Dog Days of Summer from the days July 3rd through August 11th.

So if it’s any consolation (or is that constellation?) we only have a few Dog Days of Summer left.

About Les Sulgrove

Les is an Iowa native born in Des Moines and raised in the southwest Iowa town of Bridgewater. He has been a resident of Des Moines since 1982 and has been married to his wife Linda for over 35 years. Together they have 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and make their home on Des Moines south side. He has been a licensed REALTOR® since 1990 and is Vice President at VIA Group, REALTORS®. Les is the 2011 Past President of the Des Moines Area Association of REALTORS® (DMAAR) and received the award of Salesperson of the Year by DMAAR in 2007 for his involvement and service to the Association. Additionally, he is active at the Iowa Association of REALTORS® and serves on local, state and national committees. He also owns and operates the national technology networking group CyberProfessionals. This group of real estate professionals meets twice annually across the United States to learn from each other and share new marketing ideas with heavy emphasis on current and future technologies and their use in the real estate business. Les’ hobbies include golf, photography and sarcastic humor. He and Linda spend many Saturday mornings from Spring to Fall at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market. He enjoys spoiling his grandchildren at every opportunity.

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