The Dog Days of Summer

The “dog days of summer” stretch from early July to mid-August and signify the hottest and most humid time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The expression originated with the ancient Romans, who called the period caniculares dies (days of the dogs) because it is when Sirius, the Dog Star, is visible in the morning sky as well as the night. The ancients believed that when the heat of Sirius combined with that of the sun, the result was soaring temperatures, lethargy, disease and mad dogs.

When the heat and humidity rise in Brooklyn, dog loving shop owners come to the rescue. Around the borough, they place cool bowls of water on the sidewalks and enable passing pooches keep cool and comfortable during the dog days of summer. 

Shakespeare's Sister on Court Street
Shakespeare’s Sister on Court Street

KC Arts Custom Framing on Court Street
KC Arts Custom Framing on Court Street

Perfect Paws on Hicks Street
Perfect Paws on Hicks Street

Perfect Paws on Hicks Street
Perfect Paws on Hicks Street

Let Them Eat Pie on Columbia Street
Let Them Eat Pie on Columbia Street

National Geographic: Summer’s Dog Days Are Here
NASA: Photo of Sirius

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16 Responses to The Dog Days of Summer

  1. wanda says:

    Now I really like think tradition!! How thoughtful for hot animals!!! Cute photo’s of all the different dishes…..My Molly would certainly appreciate those store owners.

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  2. wanda says:

    It’s very late….sorry for my spelling…”think” should be “that”.//////I”m going to bed.

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  3. JoAnn says:

    Thats very AWSOME, that they store-owners put dogbowls in front of their store’s, a reason to visit this place, because we have a SWISS Mountain Dog. However dog’s are not easy to travel by plane, so we will come without.

    I really would like to visit your countrie and Town so I am glad I found this blogsite, thank you so much for posting this facts about Brooklynn.

    I would die for some hot and better weather than here in HOLLAND, we are having almost every day RAIN (yak!) and storm, t seems like autumn. We are happy that we leave soon for a holiday in France, where the weather is better hopefully!

    JoAnn from Holland ( You’re welcom to visit my Photographycal blog)

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  4. photowannabe says:

    What kind shop owners. Nice captures of the bowls.
    Try to stay cool yourself.

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  5. moi says:

    how kind and sweet and considerate of them. Our neighbor keeps them for the stray cats in the neighborhood and we all love her for the initiative.

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  6. All dog lovers unite!! 🙂

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  7. mandy says:

    That is marvellous – never seen it anywhere else – though possibly I haven’t looked.

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  8. J$ says:

    that’s great.. there’s bunch of stores/restaurants on 5th avenue in park slope that do the same thing.
    http://velvet-sea.blogspot.com

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  9. zannnie says:

    yes…it’s very hot here in Budapest too 😦

    thanks for your comments on our site 😉 do come back tomr too…

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  10. Mike Lynch says:

    Thanks for this. As a cartoonist living in Boerum Hill, I’ve seen KC Art’s water bowl. There’s a real estate office on nearby Smith Street, just a couple blocks from the Rocketship comic book store/gallery, that offers water and Milkbones brand treats in bowls outside its doors every day!

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  11. Lize says:

    What a lovely thing to do! I’m sure the dogs appreciate it, as do their owners.

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  12. JAM says:

    That is SO cool. I’ve never been there, but that would be neat to see. I’m glad they do it for the pooches.

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  13. Beverly says:

    What a fabulous thing for the dogs. The closest I’ve seen to anything like this in my state is one art gallery that has a soap dish attached to the front of their store that they keep filled with dog cookies. Offering water in the hot weather is by far better.

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  14. They do the same thing (setting bowls outside) in Fort Collins for dogs–I think it’s really awesome. If you order food at a restaurant and sit outside, they will usually bring you a bowl of water for your dog.

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  15. I myself own 3 dogs.

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  16. Can anyone help me get a dog of my own?

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