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By Betty Vanderwielen

Dog Days of Summer

Funky Phrases


SEELEY LAKE - When July and August temperatures soar into the high 90s and above, people start using the phrase the "dog days of summer." While it is true that dogs, especially those wearing thick fur coats, are less inclined to run and more likely to lie around panting on hot summer days, the phrase's origin actually comes from astrological rather than canine behavior.

One of the most familiar constellations in the night sky is Orion the giant hunter, easily recognizable by the three stars in his belt. Orion is accompanied on his nightly hunt by his two dogs, Canis Minor (the smaller dog)...

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