Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer

Happy July! And welcome to the Dog Days of Summer, which starts July 3 and goes to Aug. 11. But I have a bone to pick about why the hottest, sultriest days of summer is called “dogs days.”

I get it. It refers to the period that the star system Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the Sun, from July 3 –Aug. 11. But the Greeks and Romans connected the Dog Days with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck! Why couldn’t it be associated with happiness, joy, snuggles, naps and romps in the park? Then people would be saying, “Awesome! The Dog Days of Summer are here!”

Besides, when the Dog Days get here it’s time to enjoy all the activities associated with summer, backyard barbecues, swimming, camping, picnics, hikes, beach days and just hanging out soaking up the sun. Of course, the Fourth of July is the big holiday in July, but who knows what that will be like this year. How do you social distance at a Fourth of July party? We shall see!

Appropriately enough, July is National Hot Dog Month (as well as National Ice Cream Month and National Picnic Month, which makes perfect sense), with July 13 set as National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day, July 15 as National Hot Dog Day, and July 25 is National Chili Dog Day. Looks like July is hot dog day all around!

In addition to hot dogs, July is also a good month for ice cream: Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day on July 1; National Strawberry Sundae Day is July 7; July 17

is Peach Ice Cream Day; July 19 is National Ice Cream Day; July 20

is National Ice Cream Soda Day; July 23 is Vanilla Ice Cream Day and July 25 is

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

And it’s also a good month for you imbibers out there (you know who you are!): July 10 is National Pina Colada Day; July 11 is National Mojito Day;  July 14 is National Grand Marnier Day; July 19 is National Daiquiri Day; July 24 is National Tequila Day; July 25 is National Wine and Cheese Day; and July 27 is National Scotch Day. And if you need another day to celebrate, there’s always National Dive Bar Day, which is July 7.

Of course, just like other months, there are some head-scratchers: Sidewalk Egg Frying Day (why would anyone do that?) on July 4; Embrace Your Geekness Day on July 13; July 15 is Be a Dork Day and Cow Appreciation Day; July 17 is Yellow Pig Day; July 20 is Ugly Truck Day and July 27 is both Take Your Houseplants for a Walk and Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. Can someone explain to me how to do that?

The end of the month is for us, dogs that is, because July 31 is National Mutt Day. Here’s to all the mutts out there!

And, Happy Dog Days of Summer!

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