July 3rd Week - Lyme Disease Awareness Week
Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, was first recognized in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975. Seven years later, its cause, a spirochete or spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi, was discovered by a researcher at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
July - National Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month
July is National Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month. Rabbits are intelligent, social animals who form lifelong bonds with their human companions. They are capable of being litter-box trained and their playful antics will warm your heart for years to come. A well cared for house rabbit has a lifespan of five to ten years.
July 3 - August 11 - Dog Days of Summer
The Dog Days of Summer, also known as Canicular Days, are typically the hottest and most unhealthy days of the year. The traditional timing of Dog Days is the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of Sirius. Sirius, the Dog Star, is visible with the rising Sun at this time of year. Ancients associated this sky picture with the hot days that coincided with it. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog).