August the 26th is National Dog Day, when humans doff their caps to their canine pals. The event encourages responsible pet ownership and raises awareness of the large number of dogs currently in shelters.\r\nIt might seem weird to discuss this on a proofreading blog, where spelling and grammar are usually more prominent. But that would overlook the muddy paw prints our doggy friends have left on the English language. Today, then, we\u2019re looking at some of our favourite dog-themed phrases!\r\n1. Work Like a Dog\r\nAs the Beatles once sang, \u2018It\u2019s been a hard day\u2019s night, and I\u2019ve been working like a dog\u2019. Does this imply that John, Paul, George and Ringo had been chasing cats, sniffing bottoms and urinating in public? Nope! Thankfully, \u2018work like a dog\u2019 simply means \u2018to work very hard\u2019.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_2107" align="aligncenter" width="363"] Though we did hear that John Lennon liked to scoot across the floor on his backside.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n2. A Dog\u2019s Breakfast\r\nIf you\u2019ve ever seen (or smelled) the unappetising mixture of meat and jelly we feed dogs, you won\u2019t be surprised to learn that describing something as \u2018a dog\u2019s breakfast\u2019 means it\u2019s a mess!\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_2111" align="aligncenter" width="337"] Hungry yet?[\/caption]\r\n\r\nWe see similar canine negativity when we say something has \u2018gone to the dogs\u2019. Weirdly, though, the phrase \u2018the dog\u2019s bollocks\u2019 (if you\u2019ll pardon the, ahem, informal language) means \u2018excellent\u2019 or \u2018the best\u2019. We\u2019re not entirely sure why dog testicles are so highly regarded, though.\r\n3. Three-Dog Night\r\nAs well as being a \u201870s rock band, \u2018three-dog night\u2019 means \u2018a night so cold you need three dogs to stay warm\u2019. Generally, though, we'd suggest using a blanket instead of three dogs (less chance of catching fleas).\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_2110" align="aligncenter" width="375"] Even dogs use blankets to stay warm these days.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nAt the other end of the temperature scale, we have the phrase \u2018dog days of summer\u2019, which refers to the hottest days of summer. It comes from the Ancient Greek and Roman belief that the warmest time of the year was caused by Sirius, the \u2018Dog Star\u2019, rising in the sky.\r\n4. Raining Cats and Dogs!\r\nWe\u2019ll let the felines get a quick look in here, too, since \u2018raining cats and dogs\u2019 means \u2018raining very heavily\u2019. The origins of this phrase might lie in the way that, in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England, the bodies of stray dogs and cats could often be seen floating down storm drains after heavy rain! Sounds like typical British weather to us.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_2109" align="aligncenter" width="322"] Mind you, the literal interpretation of 'raining cats and dogs' is almost as disturbing as the historical meaning.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n5. Every Dog Has Its Day\r\nTo end on a more positive note, \u2018every dog has its day\u2019 means \u2018everyone will eventually have some success or luck during life\u2019. Oddly, one of the first recorded examples of its use comes from a letter sent by Queen Elizabeth I to her brother, who had requested a picture of her. Liz responded:\r\nNotwithstanding, as a dog hath a day, so may I perchance have time to declare it in deeds where now I do write them in words.\r\nWe think this means she was happy to send the picture.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_2108" align="aligncenter" width="276"] Liz was also a fan of toy spaniels.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nDid we miss your favourite dog-themed phrase? If so, let us know in the comments below. And if you'd like any help proofreading something you've written, give our free trial service a go. Either way, though, we wish you and your canine friends a happy National Dog Day!