Rod & Kim Creese Butcher's Blog
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Fit as a Butcher’s Dog!
Nowadays the phrase “as fit as a butcher’s dog” is taken to mean that the dog is well fed from scraps and titbits by the butcher and is therefore in peak condition. Or even Peke condition, if of Chinese origin and on the small side.
However, that is not the original meaning of the saying. Back in 1859 John Camden Hotten defined the phrase in his book A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words rather differently:
“To be like a butcher’s dog, that is, lie by the beef without touching it.”
In other words it was a metaphor for being able to be close to something that you could not have.
All of which brings me round to reminding you that if you want your pet to comply with the modern meaning of the phrase, that is be fit and healthy, you can get fresh dog food from our store.
We can supply:
• Beef bones from carcasses from the shop
• Chicken carcasses
• Chicken wings
• Lamb bones from shop carcasses
• Lamb hearts
• Ox hearts
• Ox livers
Feel free to give me a call on 01452 617 173 to chat about your dog’s requirements or pop into our smart refurbished Hucclecote premises.
Incidentally, if you want to see what proper butcher’s dogs looks like, take a look at this to see our own pets, Nero, Nora and Winnie!