The Dog Days of Summer are known for being the hottest part of Summer, spanning the last weeks of July to the first few weeks in August. People have come up with several crazy reasons as to why this part of the year is known as such, my personal favorite being that it’s because it’s so hot that dogs go crazy. However, the phrase actually traces its origins back to the ancient Greeks. The Dog Days of Summer is the time of the year when the star Sirius rises just before the sun. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky, and forms the tip of the nose in the constellation Canis Major. Greek and Roman mythology associate the star with war and devastation. Homer even references the Dog Days of Summer in the Iliad:
Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky
On summer nights, star of stars,
Orion’s Dog they call it, brightest
Of all, but an evil portent, bringing heat
And fevers to suffering humanity.
For me, the Dog Days of Summer are the last few moments before school begins and life picks up a more frantic pace. The moment when it is time to wrap up summer reading before I replace my novels on the night stand with more weighty textbooks and notes. It is a nostalgic period, and a reminder that time is always passing despite my best efforts to pause it. This year I would like to say farewell to summer with a giveaway.
My readers have been fantastic, and I have been so humbled to see the community on Reaching While Rooted grow in leaps and bounds. To say thank you, my pups and I would like to give away some of my favorite dog tales from the summer, as well as other items I hope you and your pup can enjoy. Included in the giveaway will be a copy of W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose, the first book review I ever did on the blog, and a copy of Susan Wilson’s The Dog Who Saved My Life, one of my latest (though not last) reviews.
Also included in the giveaway are some fun bandanas to share with a furry friend, the perfect book/dog mug combo, and one of Knox’s Favorite Dog Person Candles. This small business donates 10% of its profits to animal rescue organizations, and the Peppermint & Eucalyptus scent is the perfect candle for a calm and cozy bedtime read. It has been a joy working with Stephen & Co. these past few months and their prices are so reasonable.
This giveaway is opened until August 23 (the last Doggone Day of Summer) to US and Canadian residents via the Rafllecopter link below. Thank you to all my lovely followers, and the people I have come to call friends these last few months. Cheers to closing one chapter of the blog, I can’t wait to see what the new season fetches!
Question of the Day:
Have any pups of your own? How do you celebrate the final days of Summer? It has been a family tradition to go camping Labor Day Weekend as our final hurrah.