In my last post, I noted how politics has gone to the dogs. In this post, I’m thinking about how to retrieve dogs from such uninvited tie-ups and (with WORK LIKE A DOG DAY coming Aug. 5) work toward putting them in respectable company. Given the base point (and I do mean base), you’d think this entails no big feat, but it does give me paws….

Since there are already more blogs about dogs than you can shake a stick at (including a — dare I say — fetching one by a regular follower of this blog), I don’t want to be a copycat. That would be barking up the wrong tree. So, to give you a different kind of doggy post, I’ve been doggedly digging up old dog doggerel, similes and sayings….but I’ll start young:

What are little boys made of? Snakes and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails — that’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls make of? Sugar and spice and everything nice — that’s what little girls are made of. 

It’s a dog eat dog world.
It’s raining cats and dogs.
Time to rest my dogs.
Crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
Dog days of summer.

Dog and pony show.
Every dog has its day.
Gone to the dogs.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
Mean as a junkyard dog.

Sick as a dog.
That dog don’t hunt.
When you lie down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
It’s a two dog night.

So, let’s call it a day with two high-class dog songs:



26 comments on “DOGGING IT

  1. calmkate says:

    doggity dog, wolf hounds and jackals .. be dogged if I don’t 🙂

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  2. Garfield Hug says:

    Love this post Jack!🐅🐈🐩🐕🐶doggone it…you did it!!☺

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  3. Interesting how many of those sayings put dogs in a negative light when in truth they are such wonderful loving, playful, loyal creatures. I wish we humans were all a little more like dogs. 😀

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  4. Carmen says:

    Hello mistermuse! Around here, we have playful seals in the water who are quite curious and will swim close to the shore to be around people. In fact, they’re called, ‘dogs of the sea’!

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  5. mistermuse says:

    I like the expression “dogs of the sea” — all one need do is add an ‘l’ at the end to seal the deal. 🙂

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  6. Mark Scheel says:

    muse, you’re one clever punster! Sometimes a bit of a “hot dog,” but clever. Say, I have a question. About how many hits do you get on your site when putting up a new post? I’m trying to decide whether it’s worth it to set up my own personal blog site. You can email the answer direct to


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    • mistermuse says:

      Mark, I emailed the answer to you rather than put it here (I hope the “hot dog” isn’t too cold by this time — maybe you’d prefer the hot dog in the White House)!


  7. Don Frankel says:

    Muse this is the perfect time of the year for this post as we are approaching the Dog Days of Summer.

    This song below was the favorite of the Mets in 2000 when they won the National League Pennant. Unfortunately they ran into the Yankees in the World Series and you could say the big dogs ate the little dogs.

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  8. linnetmoss says:

    Two dog night? What about a THREE dog night? As I understand it, that’s when it’s so cold that you need three dogs on the bed to keep warm 🙂

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  9. restlessjo says:

    Did I miss Work like a dog day? I must’ve been out enjoying myself. 🙂 🙂

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  10. Ricardo says:

    Probably they shouldn’t schedule “Work Like a Dog Day” for a Saturday, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Ricardo, you’ll be pleased to learn that next year, WORK LIKE A DOG DAY falls on a Sunday, so to avoid work (at least, in the morning), you can say you have to go to church. The rest of the day you’re on your own, but at least you have a year to think of more excuses.


  11. scifihammy says:

    Many fun dog sayings 🙂
    Here’s an old joke for you . . .
    1st Man : “My dog has no nose”
    2nd Man: “How does he smell?”
    1st Man: “Terrible!”


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