The dog days of summer are upon us! Although this saying is pretty common, do you know where it came from?
Like concrete, roads and highways, and the Julian Calendar, the ancient Roman Empire created this saying.
The Romans believed Sirius, a star in the Canis Major (which means Greater Dog) constellation, gave off additional heat when it aligned with the sun on July 23rd. They began calling the 20 days before and the 20 days after its alignment the dog days of summer.
So, it’s hot, what’s with the history lesson? Well, when I hear, “The dog days of summer,” I immediately think of my furry, four-legged friend, and the activities we can do together!
Although it’s the hottest time of the year, don’t let that stop you from getting outside with your dog!
Here are some local activities that you can do with your dog:
- Dogs love to explore! Lincoln State Park features miles of hiking trails (plus a beach, for water-loving pups). Then continue your hike at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial as you discover the unique outdoor sites. Just avoid starting your hike in the middle of the day when it’s hottest, for pup’s sake!
- Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery allows leashed and friendly dogs to relax on the patio with their humans.
- Pets love movies too, right? They might not realize they’re at the Holiday Drive-In, but how cool is that you get to see a movie outside, under the stars, and you can bring your dog along!
- Fat Daddy’s Grill & Chill has outdoor seating, which means you can enjoy your burgers, chili cheese dogs, and more, al fresco with Fido.
- Dogs just might love camping as much as we do! Lake Rudolph allows pets on all of their sites and in most of their cottages, cabins, and rental RVs. And your companion is welcome on campsites at Lincoln State Park, too.
Your pup may not know it’s the dog days of summer, but they sure will love spending a little extra time with you, and maybe even going on a new adventure.