Dog Days (daze) of Summer. I have heard that saying all my life. Where did it come from? What does it mean? I knew that it meant something about hot weather, but I decided to look it up anyway.
The term refers to the sultry days of summer when we experience the hottest and driest days of the year. It actually goes back to the times of the Ancient Greek and Romans! The dates of Dog Days vary from era to era and according to what calendar you are using (Ancient Roman, Georgian, etc.) During the Ancient Greek & Roman the dates were from July 24th through August 24th and July 23rd through August 23rd alternately. They believed that the hot weather was caused by the star Sirius (Dog Star). It is the brightest star in the consultation Canis Major (Large Dog), rising about the same time as sunrise.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac lists the traditional period of the Dog Days as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th, coinciding with the ancient heliacal(at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. These are the days of the year with the least rainfall in the Northern Hemisphere. (Wikipedia)
In those days, Dog Days were believed to be an evil time of the year ”the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies.” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria, 1813. I suppose this is where my grandma got the idea that you didn’t want an animal bite, sting, cut or get sick during the Dog Days. (She always fretted about it.) And she always had some saying about snakes at this time of year as well. And of course it had to do with the “Dog Days“.
I want to turn Dog Days into something fun! Celebrating the Dog Days with Pet Photography Sessions!
Pet Photography in Birmingham Alabama
A little known fact about me is that some of my top professional photography awards are in…. Pet Photography! I love pets as my friends all know. And clients who have come to me when my studio was in my home will know as well. Dogs, birds, cat… I do not think we have had more than two species at one time, but we have had multiple birds (all flying around and talking) at one time. Currently we are down to one bird and one dog.
Those you who have known me for a long time will remember this little fella:
This little fella was the best studio dog. (I know the copyright says 2013, but I took these photos about 18 years ago.) If a child was upset, he knew just what to do. Many clients would even ask for me to take a photo of their child with him before we finished. One mom even ordered a wall portrait of her son with my dog. Everyone loved him. I am glad I have these photos as he is one that will always be near and dear to my heart.
And here he is with his best bud:
We had some friends with a Shih Tzu and neither of our dogs kenneled well. So we started dog sitting for each other. We loved these dogs! And they loved each other!
And who can forget this little fella!
His personality come through in this photo. All puffed up and full of himself. ;-) Absolutely the best pet we have ever had. Believed himself to be…. human! Loved to carry on a conversation with you. Rarely made any sense, but he loved to talk.
Dog Daze of Summer Photography Sessions
Are scheduled for Thursday August 23rd and Friday August 24th.
I bet you are wondering about the bunnies from Easter! Formerly known as Matthew and Mark. They now have a new human mom and family and are well loved! New names are Cookie and Pinkie Poo. And they will be back with us next Easter! And the new human mom has this portrait on the wall in her kitchen. Beautiful sweet buns!
Your pet’s portrait may also be taken with his/her favorite human or the whole family! To schedule a session for your Furbaby or Feathered Kids, call 205-807-1223 or the studio number 205-982-3311.