The Dog Days Of Summer

In the US, today marks the beginning of what is known as the “Dog Days Of Summer.” But the term has nothing to do with dogs. Rather, it’s a reference to the fact that, during this time, the sun is in the same area of the sky as Sirius – the brightest star visible from any part of the Earth. It is sometimes called the “Dog Star”. This time of year generally is the hottest period of summer, but it has nothing to do with Sirius; it’s just because of the Earth’s tilt. 

It’s currently the dry season here in Mato Grosso, which means the sun can be unforgiving at times. The elephants don’t seem to mind much, and they have plenty of water to cool off in at the troughs, ponds, stream, and mud wallows. We will also give them baths and drinks from the hose if they come near the barn. Refreshing water and lots of mud for sunscreen is the order of the day. And all of you weathering the heat during this time of year – don’t forget your own sun protection! 

In this video, Molly and Minnie are celebrating their own version of the Dog Days of Summer – joining Scott on a run on the dusty roads of the sanctuary.


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    Barb says

    The dogs know the way and occasionally check to see if you are following correctly, Scott 🥰

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    Beci says

    What is that green orb on the video? It’s there whether dark or light.

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      Kat Blais says

      🤷‍♀️ some sort of reflection.

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    Tammy says

    Very blessed happy elephants pupdogs and many other residents enjoying a warm beautiful evening in this gorgeous paradise! 💞

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    Pam says

    Such beautiful landscape. Thank you for sharing! Lucky dogs …

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    John says

    That is one happy dog leading the way! I kept expecting an elephant to pop into view. 😃

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    Elizabeth says

    The green orb seems to be a reflection coming from the sun. When the sun is behind foliage, the orb changes accordingly.

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    Jen says

    I love seeing the sanctuary through what I’d consider such a personal lense: the near quiet of a golden sunrise, birds stretching wings about to ruckus, the adorable rear end of joyfully excited woogies… that was immersive. Thank you

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