For many, the “dog days,” evoke those summer days that are so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around panting, avoiding asphalt as much as possible. The phrase, though, has nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, the dog days refer to Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which means “big dog” in Latin and is said to represent one of Orion’s hunting dogs. The dog days of summer are the hottest and most humid days of the year, usually at the end of July and into the middle of August in the Northern Hemisphere. In Greek and Roman traditions this is a time of bad luck and catastrophe such as droughts. Some even thought this is the time when people would fall into madness.
For many of us, the concern really is with our animals and specifically our dogs. We have loved our dogs since we began domesticating them 14,000 years ago. Our canine friends were first developed for specific purposes like hunting, herding or even pest control. Let’s take some time and explore how our furry companions have contributed to our “pup” culture.
Siberian Huskies were originally bred by the Chukchi people to pull sleds over vast frozen tundra. They are known for their resilience, strength, and energy powered transportation as well as hunting. Afghan Hounds were brought to England because of their hunting skills and their elegant long and silky coats. Treasured by Egyptian pharaohs for their majestic appearance, Salukis are ancient hounds that are adept at handling desert heat. Many were raised as sporting animals due to their speed. Two breeds from Japan were both developed for their terrain and hunting skills. The Akita were raised in the mountainous northern regions of Japan for hunting large game like boars, deer and bears. The Shiba Inu, on the other hand, were created to hunt smaller game. Its name literally is translated to bush wood dog. In Central Africa the Basenji were created for hunting, like many of their four-legged cousins. These animals though, have a unique trait of not barking but forming what some people say is more of a yodel due to the shape of their larynx. Of course, North America was also developing canines for their work ethic. The Alaskan Malamute roots can be traced back to the Paleo-Eskimo peoples. Malamutes were originally bred for their strength and endurance to haul heavy freight as a sled dog. And finally, In China the Chow Chow was developed as a super dog of sorts. They were not only used for their hunting prowess, but also for their ability to pull heavy weights across parts of the Northern regions. While most dogs originally served a vital purpose, today most are kept as family companions.
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Now is the time to expand your pack’s diversity and grow your business! Our four-legged best friends were bred to assist our ancestors, NP Marketing wants you to harness the potential of our products, making your business a better, more efficient and profitable place. Discovery often means looking beyond the predictable! To sniff out more content like us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn!