Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Of all the dogs we’ve been lucky enough to live with and love, Louie is the champion napper. I walked into our bedroom and found him passed out on the bed, all snuggled up against a pillow and a white battenberg lace pillow sham.

 Louie napping on our bed

One of our friends from out of town stayed with us for a few days when we had our last pair of Yorkies, Reggie and Skyler. He watched them move around the house all day long, napping , sleeping, snoozing. Then it was bedtime and off they went to sleep some more. He asked me the next morning, “How do your dogs sleep at night?” Every time I think of that, it makes me laugh. He’s right — how do they sleep at night?

So I was wondering where the phrase “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” comes from. Here are some links you might find informative and amusing:

http://www.quotations.me.uk/famous-idioms/131-let-sleeping-dogs-lie-idiom.htm

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105×500428

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Let_sleeping_dogs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_Sleeping_Dogs_Lie

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2 Responses

  1. “Let sleeping dogs lie” may have turned into an idiom meaning to leave something alone that isn’t causing a problem, but it has practical origins. Dogs are slower to become fully aware after waking than humans. A dog may appear awake; i.e., up on his feet with eyes open, but is not really recognizing his surroundings. That’s where humans, even ones well known to the dog, tend to get bit when rousing a sleeping dog. Thus, let sleeping dogs lie. (I do have credentials to back this up — Certified Veterinary Technician.)

    • Not being a morning person, I can absolutely relate to that. The oldest daughter once asked hubby, “What’s wrong with mom?” when I was being my crabby morning self. They should probably also let sleeping moms lie. 🙂

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