Episode 15: The Surprising Backstories About Greyhound Constellations (Plus, The Origin of the Dog Days of Summer)

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s a … greyhound?!

What do greyhounds, Mother Nature, and Zeus have in common? In this episode, discover the three (possibly four) greyhound constellations in our night sky and the myths that spurred their names.

After you listen to this episode, you’ll be able to impress your star-gazing friends with your new-found knowledge about the greyhounds in the stars, Greek mythology, and the origin of the 3,000-year-old-plus expression, “the dog days of summer.”



  • View images of the constellations discussed in this episode.
  • The tale of Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Lepus, and Scorpio.
  • Get your About Greyhounds podcast T-shirt. 100% of the profits go to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey, helping us transition more greyhounds from their racing careers to loving homes
  • Donate to the All Star Dog Days of Summer fundraiser to help Greyhound Friends of New Jersey  (GFNJ) cover the medical bills for our greyhounds. When you donate $50 or more, your name, or your business’ name, will be added to our “virtual” Wall of Fame. It’s displayed on our website and will appear on our social media platforms for our thousand of followers to see. Be sure to indicate in your donation that it is for the All Stars Dog Days of Summer fundraiser. In the USA, your donation is tax deductible as GFNJ is a 501(c)(3) organization (charity).

Please review the About Greyhounds podcast on iTunes. Your review helps the podcast get in front of more greyhound lovers. We’re not proud to ask for five stars.