Never bite the hand that feeds you
by DUB MOWERY
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IN FEEDING a dog I learned some years ago not to get close to the food once you’ve given it unto them. Many dogs are very protective of their food! They will even bite their owner if the dog thinks his master is about to take his food away from him. The dog we now have is not of that nature. We can get around his bowl while he is eating and he has not offered to bite us or growl. Pretty Boy is half lab and half pit bull, but he is a very good nature and will let most anyone pet him. He likes to bark at cats and squirrels. Usually if he is not eating his food we tease him by threatening to give his food to a kitty cat or a squirrel and he’ll begin immediately eating it. In contrast we had a chow that wouldn’t let you near his food. The chow’s hair was black and we named him Bear. One time I made the mistake of putting his food just outside the patio door. He began eating it. At the same time I noticed he needed some water and so I started to step pass him to put water in his water bowl. He clamped down on my foot pretty good. I got onto him, but my foot was already quite sore. It was a good thing I was wearing shoes.

It is probably from similar experiences that the expression: “Never bite the hand that feeds you” came into existence. That saying goes back as far as 600 B. C. in the writings of Sappho, a Greek poet. It was first recorded in English in 1711.

It seems there are many people now days with ingratitude toward those who do them favors. You can quickly determine what children are raised with proper manners and those who are not. For one thing that really stands out is whether or not children say, “thank you!” when someone does something for them.

WE’VE PASSED some people on a sidewalk or a parking lot and they look like they are mad at the world. If you raise your hand to wave at them or express a friendly greeting they look at you with an unfriendly expression as if they could look a hole through you.

Now a person may not like the manner their employer or boss oversees their work. Still it would be foolish to go around complaining to several of the other employees. Word might get back to their boss. As a result he or she might make it uncomfortable for that employee or look for an excuse to fire them. The old saying President Harry S. Truman used, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” should be taken into consideration. In other words, either shape up or look for another job.

Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)

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