Summer Waning Grandchildren Moon
The dog days. A bit from Wikipedia:
“The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise (heliacal rising), which is no longer true, owing to precession of the equinoxes. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.
Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies” according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813. 
In Ancient Rome, the Dog Days extended from July 24 through August 24 (or, alternatively July 23-August 23). ”
(Vega the wonder dog knows how to deal with the dog days.)
Let me see. The Dog Star rises. People are concerned. So they kill a dog? Hmmm. Seems backwards to me. Wouldn’t you want to care for the eponymous animal? See what they got. Another month of hot days anyway. Their religion needed a bit of empirical feed-back.
Off to the museum today for the China tour. Back for more thunderstorms.