Ever wonder where that expression came from? National Geographic, which we happen to love, says the phrase originally had nothing to do with dogs! What?!?
Instead, it turns out that the “dog days of summer” refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. To most of us today, Sirius, or more correctly SiriusXM, is the fabulous satellite radio in our cars! To the ancient Greeks and Romans, the dog days of summer occurred around the day when the dog star, Sirius, appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. Each year the dog days of summer are slightly different, and this year they are from July 22nd to August 22nd.
If you live in Texas during the summer, like we do, it gets so hot in July and August that you will feel like a panting dog just going outside for a bit…LOL!
On the subject of dogs, hopefully many of you are dog lovers as we are. One of the many things to be very careful of with our indoor furry family members is your indoor air quality. Conventional paraffin candles can contain many toxins that may pose a risk to your dog, and to you! Candles don’t need to be banished from your home, but it’s certainly a good idea to never leave a lit candle where your cat or dog can get to it either. A cleaner burning candle, like our scented candles made from soy wax, is better for your indoor air quality whether you have pets or not. There is less soot with soy candles than with paraffin candles, and less irritation to you and your pet’s respiratory system.
So, enjoy your scented candles carefully, and try to stay cool in the upcoming dog days of summer!