“Love me, love my dog.”

  In the Catholic religion, August 20 is the Feast Day of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a medieval French monk who died on that date in 1153 A.D. I’m not a Catholic. But as a dog lover and a quote lover, I’m a big fan of St. Bernard, because he’s the guy who immortalized a … Read more

The story, the man – and the dog – behind the phrase “man’s best friend”

September 23rd is the anniversary of what is said to be the origin of a dog-related saying that’s as or more famous than “Love me, love my dog.” The saying is generally heard in the form “A dog is a man’s best friend.” Sometimes it’s given as “A man’s best friend is his dog.” Either … Read more

The backstory on “Snug as a bug in a rug.” (Spoiler Alert: Ben Franklin didn’t actually coin it.)

In 1771, Ben Franklin’s common-law wife, Deborah Read Franklin shipped a live gift to young Georgiana Shipley, the daughter of British friends in London. It was an American gray squirrel that Deborah thought would make a nice pet for the girl. Georgiana named it Mungo. Mungo was also referred to as “Skugg.” That was a … Read more

“For every creature of God is good.”

Under a federal law passed by Congress in 1942, the date for Thanksgiving in the United States varies from year to year. It’s the fourth Thursday of the month. But the anniversary of the first official Thanksgiving set by federal decree in our country is November 26th. In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation … Read more