Origin – The ancient Romans noticed that the hottest days of the year, i.e. in late July and early August, coincided with the appearance of Sirius – the Dog Star, in the same part of the sky as the Sun. Sirius is the largest and brightest star in the Canis Major constellation, in fact it is the brightest star in the sky. (OK, I know it’s only June, but tell that to the weather !)
Ace (pictured), my faithful Collie cross, and rapidly approaching dog ‘middle age’, will happily exercise (i.e. play…) to the level of exhaustion. And then some more ! So, after the fourth or fifth consecutive session – there is usually a willing friend ( George , Sabbath and Holly to name a few ) or a gullible human to pester – it’s time to head for the favourite shady outdoor recharging spot. I know it’s been a good day when she twitches and barks in her sleep. Go on gal – chase those cats ! Well done Ace, another day (and lots more fun) tomorrow !