gone to the dogs
What it means: Deteriorated, became worse.
Variation: Gone to pot.
Another variation: Gone to hell in a handbasket (like my Grandma P. used to say).
This expression is believed to have come from ancient China, where tradition dictated dogs weren’t allowed inside city walls. Stray canines hung around outside the walls, amid scraps and garbage.
When criminals and other ne’er-do-wells were expelled from the city, they ended up out with the trash and stray canines. Hence, they had gone to the dogs.
The above excerpt is from The Rynski Doggie Dictionary. It’s also one of the expressions mentioned on-air when Rynski was a guest on Prince J’s DowntownRadio show. Thanks, Prince J, it was fantastic meeting you. I had a blast!
Spiffy call to action:
You are cordially invited to listen in to two terrific Tucson radio shows that cordially invited me to come chat about the Rynski Doggie Dictionary.
Dates and times listed below. Those not in Southern Arizona can stream the shows live online. Just hop on your computer and click on the streaming links below (yaay!)
WED with DJ Prince J on Downtown Radio, 99.1 FM
WED, Feb. 21, 2018 @ Noon (ish)
Listen on Downtown Radio Tucson, 99.1 FM
DJ: Prince J, weekly rock mix show stocked with songs and stories
- In Tucson: 99.1 FM
- Online streaming from home page: https://www.downtownradio.org/
FRI with DJ Bridgitte Thum on KXCI, 91.3 FM
FRI, Feb. 23, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
Listen on KXCI, 91.3 FM
DJ: Bridgitte Thum, super cool gal who has been on the air for years
- In Tucson: 91.3 FM
- Online streaming: http://kxci.streamon.fm/
Thanks much! to Prince J and Bridgitte for the invites. So look forward to the chats!
Going to miss the shows? Have no woe. Console yourself with a signed copy of the Doggie Dictionary today.
More than 80 full-color dog cartoons. A humorous take on dog terms, expressions and proverbs. A basic dog info section that helps to ensure you don’t mess with an angry hound. If these reasons simply aren’t enough to convince you to buy your copy of The Rynski Doggie Dictionary, perhaps these next three reasons are.
Here’s what the doggie dictionary can do for you:
Help you wow the crowd at dinner parties
You’re at one of those stale dinner engagements where, alas, the hottest topic of conversation is the weather. Rather than yawning along with the rest of the crowd, you can perk up the entire party with your astounding knowledge of dog expressions and proverbs.
This is especially a propos since someone just so happened to mention it was raining cats and dogs. Since you read The Rynski Doggie Dictionary, you have the full background on that expression, as well as several others. Suddenly the party is a total blast. Someone even started dancing naked on the table!
Earn you extra cash
Whether you’re trying to save money to buy a new robot vacuum or your overall workflow is slow, extra income is always welcome. With The Rynski Doggie Dictionary at your side, you’ll have the knowledge you need to earn it, pronto. You can find instant employment as a fortune cookie writer.
The dog proverbs you find inside the book provide you with fabulous fodder for penning those fortunes.
- Let sleeping dogs lie.
- Children aren’t dogs; adults aren’t gods.
- Every dog is allowed one bite.
Yep, you’ll soon be watching the millions roll on in, thanks to the proverbs in this cartoon dog book.
Increase your chances of going to heaven
Let’s say you’re at the gates of heaven and you have to answer a single question to get in. A massive angel stands before you with one simple inquiry: “What are flews?”
If you read the Rynski Doggie Dictionary, you’d remember flews were mentioned in the dog Basic Body Parts section. It’s simply a term used to describe a dog’s lips. The harps play, the gates open, and you live happily ever after in paradise.
Sound good to you? Then get your copy of The Rynski Doggie Dictionary today!
Thanks in advance for helping to support a Tucson artist, writer, and dog Reiki practitioner (who is diligently applying for positions as a fortune cookie writer).
When the topic of SATISFACTION was proposed for our art therapy project, my mind immediately hopped to the Cheshire cat with his infamous grin. So I knew I had to create a cat.
- Topic: Satisfaction
- Result: Satisfaction cat made of pen, ink, glitter glue and paint on canvas. Note the illustrations within the cat’s body that depict different things that bring me satisfaction.
While the Cheshire cat was definitely the primary motivator for creating a cat for the topic of satisfaction, he wasn’t the only one. Cats in general kept coming to mind with this topic. Not only is cat art fun to create, but felines frequently look very satisfied with themselves. Maybe it’s because they:
- Sleep 18 hours a day
- Do what they want, when they want
- Ignore or even shun people yet still get love and attention
- Can jump extraordinary distances
- Always manage to land on their feet
- Are thought to have magical, mystical, supernatural powers
- Have nine different lives to play around with
Dang good reasons to be satisfied.
The topic also made me think of a cat perched high in the cat bird seat, next to an open bird cage, with the kind of contented grin one can only get from eating the resident bird.
I didn’t want to use the idea of eating small feathered things as the only way to be satisfied, so I let that last thought flutter out of my head altogether.
My final project result was a non-bird-eating Satisfaction Cat, featuring a rosy pink, glittery outlook, a collage of images representing things that bring me satisfaction, and a sensationally satisfied smile.
Dig the satisfaction cat? Check out more fun felines and other animals at rynski’s etsy shop.