Why should our dogs get all the fun with our Dog Days of Summer Contest? Let the Humans Celebrate too with a 20% off Storewide Sale. It's happening now at http://www.allthingsjeep.com/. It's over Friday night, July 18th. If you are on vacation and you miss it - we are sorry. Personally, I'd rather take a vacation so please don't be sad. You are on vacation!!! And don't worry, we'll do it again sometime soon.
By the way, here's the scoop on The Dog Days of Summer origin. Taken directly from Wikipedia (my favorite souce of info.)
The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. They are a phenomenon of the northern hemisphere that usually falls between early July and early September but the actual dates vary greatly from region to region, depending on latitude and climate. Dog Days can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.
The term "Dog Days" was used by the Greeks (see, e.g., Aristotle's Physics, 199a2), as well as the ancient Romans (who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs)) after Sirius (the "Dog Star"), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun.
Popularly believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies" - Brady's Clavis Calendarium, 1813.
The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true owing to precession of the equinoxes. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that that star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Stay cool. Jean