Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"A Dog's Life: (n) Slang, A miserably unhappy existence." Really?

There are so many phrases that humans have created after the dog. One that catches my attention the most is, "a dog's life." It always makes me wonder, 'why is only a sad life associated with a dog's life?' I did a Google search for the phrase, and this is what I hit upon:

This expression dates back to the 1600s - its meaning is: 'a life of misery.'
A Dog's Life: n Slang, A miserably unhappy existence.
A miserably unhappy existence, as in He's been leading a dog's life since his wife left him. This expression was first recorded in a 16th-century manuscript and alludes to the miserable subservient existence of dogs during this era. By the 1660s there was a proverb: "It's a dog's life, hunger and ease."

I have never noticed a dog leading a sad miserable life. Look at this picture. Does the dog look sad or miserable in any way? Man I feel he is smiling. And what about all those cute adorable dog pictures we see in all the forwards? To tell you more, I was born with dogs, went to school with dogs, went to the playground with dogs and I am sure, one day I will be a mother of dogs. Ah! think about saying this. Hi! these are my babies. I am the proud mommy of Pepsi and cola. Wink. Anyway, back to the phrase, It's a dog's life." To tell you the truth, dogs have a fantastic life. If I could choose, I would choose to be a dog.
Unlike the human life, a dog's life is very comforting. For a live example, I asked my dogs to share their daily time table with me and this is how it looks like:
4:30 am : Wake up Baby or papa. Get lots of love and petting from them. Get them out of the house.
4:30 To 5:30: Run like mad in the open fresh air. Oh! piss at the BMW standing in front the house of the old man who smells like a fish. Poop at house No.17 and cover with mud. Talk to Goldie and plan a prank on the milkman who would arrive at 6. Plan a strategy with Tike on scaring the postman away.
5:30: Get back home. Be petted by the human. Listen to all the good things they have to say about you. Wake the humans at home who are still sleeping. If they do not wake up with a nudge of the wet nose, lick them. Still no luck, use your paws and howl to wake them up. Get appreciation and petting for waking them up.
6:00 Chase the milkman and have fun at his expense. Listen to your human say, "good boy, good girl" to you.
6:30 wait at the kitchen door and expect for food. Be petted by all the humans in the household.
7:30 Expect food
8: 00 Food finally arrives. Eat and again be petted.
8:30 ask the humans to take you for another walk.
9:00 Nap
10:00 nap
11:00 nap
12:00 go out and judge the temperature
1:00 Nap
2:00 Nap
3:00 nap
4:00 Drop the ball at your humans feet and force them to play. Get petted. Listen to all the good things they have to say about you.
4:30 Snacks time
5:30 Bark at the noisy children playing in front of my gate
6:00 Go for another run in the ground. Scare the old ones and snatch the football of the boys playing
7:00 back home. Drink water. sit in front of the kitchen and expect food
8:00 expect food
8:30 eat. go out poop again
9:00 Jump on the couch with your favorite human and watch TV
10:00 Get into your humans bed sheet, occupy the most comfy spot. Good night.
Wow!
Do you call this a miserable life? Unhappy existence? No office, no cooking, no project deadlines, only lots of pampering, petting, appreciation, adoration and free food! This is not the definition of a miserable life. Hell this is what is called "Life". Whoever came up with the phrase, "A dog's life", implying a miserable life, was maybe right during the 1660's when the dogs did not have posh homes and had to hunt food in the garbage. But hey! did humans at that time have the luxuries? And if you debate that only a home owned dog has a good life, let me show you the dogs in front of my house who live next to the temple. They eat the prasad and have a huge gang of their own. Feels like a whole pujari dog family. What about the dogs near the meat shop. Have you seen their size? The mongrels are huge and strong. And with people like Menika Gandhi, gone are the days where dog's had a miserable life.
I sure would ask my doggies if after a day of heavy work (chasing the milk man, chasing the post man, shredding the newspaper thrown in in the morning, barking at the kids, running in the ground) if they would sit down and say, "It was a human life"?

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