Dear Kid,

Today is Work Like a Dog Day. Presumably this is to honor people who work super hard.

Not what we generally mean by "working like a dog." DearKidLoveMom.comI think we’ve got the phrase all wrong.

So I consulted my local canine expert, the Puppy himself.

Puppy: Napping
Me: I have questions
Puppy: Napping
Me: But you’re an expert
Puppy: Napping
Me: What if I have treats?
Puppy: Awake. Do you have treats?
Me: No, you’ve had enough treats. Now can I ask my questions?
Puppy: Napping

Working dogs work very hard and are (generally) really good at their jobs. Have you seen the video of the KLM dog returning lost items to their owners? Prepare to be overwhelmed with cuteness.

I am crazy impressed and in love with working dogs. From bomb and drug sniffing dogs to guide dogs to rescue dogs to herding dogs to assistance dogs, I think they are fantastic and the people who train them are heroes.

Our dog just happens to not be a working dog except under the most extreme circumstances. And by extreme circumstances I mean if there is food or cuddling involved.

True working dogs work very hard. The rest of the canine population not so much.

So when you say “work like a dog” it’s a little unclear which kind of pooch you’re referring to.

Which means no matter what you do, you might be working like a dog.

Love, Mom