In Greek mythology, Canis Major represented about six different dogs, as far as we can count. From being the dog Laelaps, which was a gift from Zeus to Europa, or the hound of Procris (Diana’s nymph), or the canine given by Aurora to Cephalus, “so famed for its speed that Zeus elevated it to the sky” (R.H. Allen, Star Names, 1963) to one of Orion’s hunting dogs, helping to fight off Taurus the Bull.
The star Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is the Dog Star in the constellation Canis Major, i.e. Large Dog. Historically the Dog Days of Summer run from around the third week of July to the third week of August and the Romans said, “Caniculares dies” or days of the dogs…
In modern times, “dog days” means it’s hot. Really hot. Uncomfortably hot. So hot that the dog finds a slice of shade and lays down, hardly moving all day, tongue out, panting, wishing on that Big Dog star in the sky that a cool front might bring relief.
Thought the temperature will be rising as we come to July 26th, the evening will include cool cocktails, an al fresco dinner, an auction, and the country sounds of Mac Davis.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, Davis is known for his country and pop song hit “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” as well as through the many songs he penned sung by the likes of Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Helen Reddy, Perry Como, and Nancy Sinatra.
In 2006, Davis was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.