Being in the animal welfare field, I am often amused by animal related sayings. And there are lots of them. 'Eating like a hog.' Raining cats and dogs.' 'Dog days of summer.' Well you get the picture.
One that seems very appropriate for our shelter right now is 'Sick as a dog.' And I'm not even talking about the four legged variety. I'm not sure how that saying ever came about but I can certainly feel it. Since last week, SPCA employees have been suffering from flu symptoms. One by one they catch it and feel 'sick as a dog'. In some respects I feel I must take issue with comparing their suffering to a dog's because we take such good care of our shelter dogs.
On the other hand we are dealing with being short staffed for both illness and vacations. Everyone is doing double duty as the fill in. Then to make matters worse, you catch the flu. And it doesn't feel good. It makes you 'sick as a dog'.