Did you notice that I didn't post anything yesterday? Well, Mom got too busy to help me write an entry, just like she said might someday happen, and that means I didn't have anything to post. But today is different because I'm going to talk about the phrase "dog-tired."
I did some research to find out when the phrase "dog-tired" first started or where it came from, but most of my sources did not seem to know. On one website, though, they claimed that "dog-tired" was an old English phrase, and it came from an old story about Alfred the Great. The story is that Alfred the Great used to send his sons out with his hunting dogs -- of which he had a whole bunch -- and then the sons had to try to catch the dogs. Whoever caught the most dogs got to sit on the right side of his father at dinner that night. I guess this was a big honor or something. Anyway, all this running after the hounds left the sons "dog-tired."
In my opinion, this seems like a dumb story because the point of having hunting dogs is to send them out to hunt. I never heard of anybody just setting their dogs loose to run so that their kids could try to catch them. There doesn't seem to be much reason to do this unless it's just to get your kids out of the castle for the day and let them get some exercise.
So I have my doubts about this Alfred the Great story. I think the phrase "dog-tired" got started just like I told you already. Dogs run and play until they're dog-tired, and then they just lie down and go to sleep. When people get really tired, they mostly feel like doing the same thing!