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A three dog night?

Some readers will think this post is about a rock band from the 1960s and 70s.  It isn’t.

It’s about the origin of the phrase “Three Dog Night” from which the band took the name…

Widely attributed to the Aborigines of Australia, the term means that the night is so cold, you need to sleep with three dogs to keep warm (particularly appropriate as we are starting to have clear, cold nights in the southern hemisphere – winter is near).

Aborigine with dog

This phrase is sometimes also attributed to the Inuit of the northern regions, who would sleep with their dogs to keep warm.