You can tell how important dogs are to humans by the fact that there are lots of phrases using the word dog. Today I am going to talk about two of these phrases.
I don't like this phrase much because it makes dogs sound like they are always killing and eating each other, which is not true. Sometimes one dog will kill another dog, but I have never heard of a dog eating another dog. I guess if a dog was really starving, he would eat a dog, but I don't think this happens very often. What I have heard of is when a coyote kills a small dog and eats it, but this is not what you would call "dog-eat-dog." It's more like "coyote-eat-dog."
I like the phrase putting on the dog because it is a much nicer way to think of dogs than in the phrase dog-eat-dog. Mom said maybe I should start an Anti-Defamation League for dogs, and the purpose of this group would be to ask people not to use phrases like dog-eat-dog that show dogs in a bad light. Then if people insisted on using these phrases anyway, we could bite them on the ankle! I think that would work, don't you?