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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Working like a dog

This is going to be a short post. Mum's been "working like a dog" for the past week (weekend included) and is taking a short break from "share modification and deferred taxes" to blog. That's the nature of her work. There are times when she's free as a bird and then when there are projects due, she works hard for the money (Remember the Donna Summer song?).

Anyway, the term "working like a dog" is probably somewhat linked to the phrase "It's a dog's life", my very first "Dog Series" post. If you recall, one of the definitions which dates back to the 16th century- "a miserable, unhappy existence" refers to the terrible life of working dogs during this era.

I like to think that "working like a dog" has something to do with the fact that we dogs work hard when we put our mind to it. After all, many of us come from working dog breeds - hunters, shepherds and guards. In today's world, we are therapy dogs, sight dogs, cancer sniffers, drug sniffers, and the list goes on and on!

So, here's a tribute to dogs everywhere - we work hard and we play hard!

Kess - Busy hunting the squirrel in the tree (typical beagle!)

16 comments:

JAZZ AND DIXIE said...

Hi Kess,
Yes our mum has also been working like a dog these days and doesn't seem to have so much time for our blog anymore. Boo hoo! How's the squirrel hunting going. Did you catch it?
Lix
J&D

Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

We all have humans that work like dogs, that's why our blog posts are behind too. We love that pic of you squirrel hunting!

SHiloh, Guinness & Ray

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Those darned skhwirrels are evfurrywhere!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Fred said...

I work hard...it's just that all appearances seem to contradict that. heehee

Amber-Mae said...

Did you manage to get the squirrel in the end?

Smoochies,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie and Mitch said...

We're raising our paws - here's to all the hard-working dogs! They have our undying admiration!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

happy said...

A very apt term. We doggies know how hard we work. Of course, of a very different nature to the humans' hehe...

Good job on keeping the squirrels where they are!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Kess!
Glad your mom had some time to blog!
Squirrels?? Wow!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Joey said...

Why aren't there expressions like happy as a dog, cute as a dog, or as sweet-smelling as a dog? Okay, maybe not the third one...

See ya!
Joey

Gennasus said...

It's such a nuisance when work gets in the way of blogging!! And your mum's work sounds like it's pretty hard.

Glad to see you're working hard on those squirrels

Martha Basset said...

Hi Kess
If these humans had the hard work we do then they would know all about it! When is the last time your mom chased a squirrel?
Exactly - they have no idea what hard work is......
love
Martha & Bailey xx

Momo said...

Hi Kess,
Yes, dogs work hard in deed! Cinnamon is always working hard to catch flies but rarely succeeds. Cookie is an energy-efficient dog, so he is always working hard to be lying on the kitchen floor or in a chair, waiting for a chance to steal some food from the table. Actually he is very good at it!

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Short and sweet, just like us Beagles! Great photo.....did you get him Kess?
Slobbers xx

Agatha and Archie said...

Seems like all the PL's are working like dogs( somehow that is just not right sounding to us..) love A+A

Thor said...

Did you finally get the squirrel Kess???

Love
Thor

Mary said...

Get those squirrels, Kess!!

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