Column: Good ol’ American know-how tames ‘dog days’ of summer

Here they are again, those “dog days” of summer, when the sun sizzles in the sky, and heat and humidity create a sauna for folks on the ground.

I used to think that the sweltering days in July and August were called “dog days” because the old hound dogs out on the farm would spend steamy afternoons flattened out under shade trees with their tongues lolling out.

Turns out that hound dogs are not involved. Summer’s dog days go way back in history.

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