We hear people talking about the dog days of summer...when is that...and where did the saying come from?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on August 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

We hear people talking about the dog days of summer...when is that...and where did the saying come from?

The 'dog days' term refers to the sultry part of summer-typically July and August. It's called 'dog days', because the star Sirius (named the dog star) is very bright in the night sky.It originates from ancient Roman times, when the Romans sacrificed a red dog on the day when Sirius first appeared in the night sky. That may be one reason why dogs...and those who love them...celebrate the rise AND fall...of the Roman Empire!

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