If you follow our blog or social media, you know that our namesake, Bailey, died ealier this year. If you read our Newsletter, you know that our August premium cigar special honors Bailey during the final Dog Days of Summer. This post takes a moment to explore that phrase dog days.
The phrase is a direct translation from Latin. The Romans seemed to have picked up the terminology from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians - who noted some corresponding patterns between recurring events on Earth and in the night sky.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, "The 'Dog Days' of summer last from July 3 to August 11." This is priimarily due to Sirius, the Dog Star, and not man's best friend (like Bailey). "Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Majoris—the 'Greater Dog'—which is where Sirius gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris. Not including our own Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky."
It seems that Sirius is brightest on 23 July. If you give Sirius time to wax and wane, then the dog days would "be the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11. This is soon after the Summer Solstice in late June, which also tends to be the beginning of the worst of summer’s heat."
The dog days aren't the same everywhere and have actually changed over time. Reader's Digest reminds us, "stars shift, the earth wobbles, and the 'dog days' of ancient Greece aren’t the same 'dog days' of now, and the 'dog days' of now won’t be the same as thousands of years from now."
Follow the links to read the entire articles and pick up a few more details. Then come into the shop and see if you can guess Bailey's favorite spot during the dog days of summer. While you're there, pick up tha premium cigar on special and relax a bit.