August 5 is Work Like a Dog Day, a day to work hard and to award people who work day and night and are very productive.
The unofficial holiday celebrates the English language phrase, working like a dog, meaning to work very hard. It is believed that the idiom comes from the hard work that working dogs – herd dogs, hunting dogs, rescue and service dogs – put in during the day.
How to Celebrate?
- Work hard. Put in extra hours at work, and who knows, you may be able to get in your boss’s good books.
- Do you know someone who is a workaholic? Spend the day honoring the hard work they do and celebrate their contribution to the workplace and society by doing something nice for them.
- Or, since most pet dogs don’t work much and prefer spending time lazing around, you could be a contrarian and celebrate Work Like a Dog Day by not doing any work at all!
Did You Know…
…that there are dogs that can’t bark? Basenji is a type of hunting dog native of central Africa that doesn’t bark but makes yodel like sounds.