Saturday, September 12, 2009

Sick as a Dog

I sometimes wonder about how humans come up with some of these strange expressions. Now, I've been fortunate enough in my seven years on this earth to not have been very sick. From time to time, I have unexplained short wheezing-like spells. When it first happened when I was younger, my humans thought it may be caused by my pulling during walking. Apparently beagles have weak tracheas, so upon the vet's recommendation, they used a harness for my walks instead. However, it continues to occur occassionally, usually when I'm resting, with each bout lasting for a couple of minutes and then I'm fine. My humans have taken me to the vet who suspects it may be due to excessive flap or excessive tissue in my nose. They've also done research on the internet and discovered that this problem is common among beagles.

Having said that, my bouts of wheezing spells still doesn't explain this dog phrase "Sick as a Dog" which is generally understood to mean "very ill". After all, dogs are generally healthy. It's true that each dog breed has predispositions to certain health problems, but I doubt that we are "sicker" than other types of animals on this planet.

This explanation was posted on a Kid's Health website - "If you've ever been very sick, you may have used this expression. Because dogs eat just about anything they find, they often get sick. So it's fitting to describe someone who is not feeling well as being "sick as a dog."

Now this sounds fairly logical, especially if you're a beagle. My mum and dad can testify to that. They know that when they walk me, they have to be super vigilant as I have been known to be able to sniff out buried bones and food from miles aways (must be the same excessive tissues that trigger the wheezing). Before you can say "Geronimo", I would have chomped down the food, much to my humans's disgust since most of the food found on the street and parks aren't really edible from a human perspective. My list includes discarded bread, bones, rice and even a corn cob (I didn't really eat it - just carried it in my mouth). From time to time, they've tried to open my mouth to try to remove the offending food but not often successful. Hah! The beagle outsmarts them!

So, with that, I am proud to accept the award that the 2 Mighty Beans bestowed on me last month:

"When accepting this award, you must blog about the food you have stolen when your humans were not watching. If you have never stolen any food, you must have been a really good pup! You can accept this yummy tray of cookies as your reward! Next add the logo of this award to your blog (optional), then nominate at least 5 other furry blogs and let them know by leaving a message on their blogs."

Since I am so late in posting this award and quite a few of you already have this award, I am leaving this award open for any dog blogger who have not received this and would like to share their tale of stolen food.


Dughallmor Beagles said...

As usual Kess you make us proud to be Beagles....eating is what we do best....anything and everything, eh? Congrats on the award, we don't know a Beag who wouldn't have a tale to tell about scoffing! And well done on another great episode in the series :o)
About your flappy skin wheezing thing....we get that and our humans were advised to place their fingers over our nostrils until it usually works too!
We think we have weak tracheas to enable us to "give voice" while we are on a scent....we wouldn't trade our howling ability for all the bones in the butcher!
Slobbers xx

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Furry good post!

I'm just glad I've nevfur been sikhk as a human!

Khongrats on the award and tank woo fur sharing your trophies!

PeeEssWoo: We are laughing: my word is GERMI

Tee said...

Congratulations Kess at being an accomplished scoffer! Hehehehe!

LIcks and wags

THe Dog WOods Pack

Martha said...

Well done Kess - it is clear that you are a member of the hound family - we also eating absolutely anything!
Like you we have never been sick as a dog but it is an interesting phrase.
Martha & Bailey xxx


Excellent story. We just might take you up on the stolen food story. We both have done that, though both when we were young.

Essex & Deacon

i said...

Another lesson! Thanks Kess, you are such an intellectual! Congrats on your award too. Have a great weekend now!

Thor and Jack said...

Great post, Kess!
Congrats on your award!


Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Thanks for sharing about that phrase, Kess! You sure have done a lot of research into it! *grins* Congrats on your award too!

Hope you have a great weekend!


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

You got me, I thought you're sick, sweety!
By the way I'm back to blogging!
Oops, you have not noticed that I have been missing in action lately, have you?
I'm so excited to visit all of my friends again.
Love y'all!

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