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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Big Mama Thornton, , , Hound Dog, , , , rhythm & blues, , similes, work like a dog   


    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:


    • calmkate 12:46 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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    • Garfield Hug 8:22 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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      • mistermuse 8:53 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I hope this doggy post didn’t make Garfield jealous, but at least I included “copycat” and “It’s raining cats and dogs.” I’d have said more, but the cat got my tongue. 😦


        • Garfield Hug 9:04 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink

          Lol!! Garfield is cool about it. He just gave Odie a kick and a shove off the sofa!!💕💕🐾🐾

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    • D. Wallace Peach 10:18 am on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • Carmen 12:49 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • mistermuse 1:43 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • Mark Scheel 4:20 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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 markscheel@hotmail.com


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      • mistermuse 5:33 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        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)!


    • moorezart 4:28 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • Don Frankel 4:32 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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      • mistermuse 5:48 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I don’t know who let the dogs out, but it’s the voters who let the dogs in. To them I say….


    • linnetmoss 6:26 pm on August 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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    • restlessjo 3:55 am on August 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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      • mistermuse 7:58 am on August 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I rested my dogs on Work Like a Dog Day, but if I were restless, jo, I’m sure I would’ve been out enjoying myself too! 🙂

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    • Ricardo 12:38 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on August 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        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.


    • scifihammy 3:08 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      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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      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Love it! In return, here’s an old ‘smile-prompter’ for you: The reason a dog has so many friends is that he/she wags its tail instead of its tongue. 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:04 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: doctrine, dog days, dogma, , , , Isaac Asimov, karma, , , , time flies when you're having fun, work like a dog   


    Here it is, the afternoon of August five, and my spirits have taken a dive. In my last post, I let it be known that frequent publication was becoming an over-extended labor of love, and I’d need to pare down my postings to one every five days, starting today.

    Little did I realize at the time that August 5 is WORK LIKE A DOG DAY. So much for taking it easy just as I try to ease into a more liberating schedule. The bright spot, however, is that August 5 looks to be a temporary glitch, offset, as fate would have it, by August 10 (LAZY DAY) and August 15 (RELAXATION DAY)….or,  MAKE-UP FOR AUGUST 5 DAY and PHONE-IT-IN DAY, as I call it. That’s a pun, in case you weren’t paying attention.

    Meanwhile, if I must work like a dog today, the post that suggests itself is about dogs. Problem is, I haven’t had a dog since I was a boy, and frankly, I don’t have much interest in writing about some other man’s best friend, or even dogs in general. So, if it’s OK with you (and even if it isn’t), I’m going to write instead about a pet peeve of mine which, in its own way, is even more of a dog: dogma.

    My dog-eared dictionary defines dogma doubly as a declamation of doctrines deemed true by a religious sect, and/or as an assertion of beliefs or unproven principles proclaimed to be absolute truth. Well, I suppose every dogma must have its day, but unfortunately, no dogma is satisfied with so limited a lifespan. Come to think of it, neither is this post — it needs to live five days, or I’m barking up the wrong tree with my new schedule. It therefore behooves me to call upon some dead wags and wits whose quotes on the subject survive them, and will hopefully survive being posted here:

    Sorry, but my karma just ran over your dogma. –George Carlin

    On the dogmas of religion as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and all others, , and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind. Were I to enter on that arena, I should only add to the number of Bedlamites. –Thomas Jefferson

    Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought. –G.K. Chesterton

    Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book and creed and dogma, the world cannot be free. It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute and despise each other. –Robert Ingersoll

    So the universe is not quite as you thought it was. You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then, because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe. –Issac Asimov

    Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some four million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance, it was done by dogma, it was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods. –Jacob Bronowski

    Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who find it. –Andre Gide

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    Enough. That does it until August 10 (LAZY DAY), when, I dare say, the effort that goes into my post will be considerably less dogged. If five days away seems far off, remember this:

    Time’s fun when you’re having flies. –Kermit the Frog



    • arekhill1 12:11 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      As the wise man once said, “Everybody has to believe in something, and I believe I’ll have another beer.”

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      • mistermuse 3:37 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        That is true wisdom indeed, Ricardo. In fact, I believe I’ll drink to that.


    • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 1:46 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What an excellent post with perfect quotes! Carlin was such an intelligent and observant soul. Take it easy my friend, rest up, and I’ll “see you” again in 5 days! Xoxo Melanie

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      • mistermuse 3:45 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Did you notice that even his name – CARlin – went perfectly with his quote? Now that’s what I call karma! 🙂

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        • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 4:06 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink

          Yes! It’s awesome!


    • Don Frankel 3:31 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is apropos as these are the Dog Days of Summer. Now I’m working on another theory, a rather involved and of course all encompassing theory of everything a la Stephan Hawking type thingy and it’s Everyone Got Paid. But it’s too complex to explain in this space or even in my mind, so it may never see the light of day.


    • mistermuse 3:55 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Personally, I like Kermit the Frog’s theory: just take it as it comes.


    • mistermuse 7:42 pm on August 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, perhaps if a dog ate something that didn’t agree with him (like maybe a frog), he might turn green. And if he ate it for lunch, it could be a Dog Day Afternoon. And if it’s a Dog Day Afternoon, I think we’ve seen that movie before.


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