Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Do you remember this sign I have posted at the beginning of this series? You see clearly that dogs/pets are not allowed inside.

However, all over Acropolis we spotted dogs and cats who seemed to call this historic city home. They were everywhere, lying in marble, on the ground, in gravel - sleeping, resting, minding their own business and not bothered by the tourists nor bothering any of the visitors either.
I read somewhere that the ancient Greeks believed that once they leave their human bodies in death, their souls pass thru being animals. Hence, they hold in esteem their dogs and cats as they may be the reincarnated Athena or Zeus.
Do you know where the proverb "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" mean? It means that someone should not say something or do something that would cause someone else to be angry or to make trouble.
Furthermore, "let sleeping dogs lie" means for one not to disrupt a situation that is going well as it leads to problems.

If that metaphorical dog is just laying there asleep, leave him be. Don't go messing with him or he might wake up and bite you. [info from WikiAnswer]



Comments

  1. Don't you just love our idioms, Maria! You sure found some perfect examples. :)

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  2. What a collection of sleeping dogs! Cool! :-)

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  3. That's interesting to know! Hmmm ...

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  4. Beautiful sequence of sleeping dogs! The last one swims against the tide! :-)

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  5. A nice "pack" of dog pictures!

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  6. That is amazing...especially with the no dog sign.
    They seems to have a good life !

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  7. informative info
    not only do i see nice sleeping dogs but i learned something new as well. ^0^
    are they stray dogs? usually we see dogs lurking around or looking for food, but these dogs seem a bit lazy...... ^0^
    have a nice weekend.

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  8. They certainly look relaxed, not at all worried.

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  9. funny that all of them were caught by your cam sleeping! cute! =)
    nice header, btw.

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  10. buti hindi sila nagigising! bka puyat sila hihihi :P

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  11. nuch like our "wag gigisingin ang lasing?" ehehe-


    uyy love your header!!!

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  12. after looking at the photos... i decided to choose one assuming i can bring one home. i chose dog number 4.

    that's true. they shouldn't be disturbed as they can bite when surprised.

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  13. As long as they're not rabid, I don't mind sleeping dogs when visiting historic ruins.
    You did some spring cleaning on your header huh! Lovely. I reckon that's the area where you live?

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  14. they seem to eat well, so maybe there are people who feed them. but you have a good collection of dogs sleeping on historic slabs here. haha!

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  15. those sleeping dogs are just so cute!

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  16. Thanks for the explanation of the saying. I didn't know the origin of the saying. I enjoyed all of your pictures from Athens. The closest I've been is the replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  17. parang sa Pinas din pala, at least di nila kinakatay mga galang aso (LOL).

    didn't you feel the urge to adopt those sleeping dogs? :p

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  18. Those are FUNNY! Could it be they're taking an afternoon siesta? Love your header shot, too. You captured the skyline with such nice soft lighting.

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  19. are those stray dogs ? Just wondering how they're being fed. Nice cuties but I hope the city gives them a better home.

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  20. love these dogs..got a lot of them back in Pinas..lol!

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  21. I have a picture of my daughter looking in 'under' Emperor Hadrian's tenue/dress. Your top picture here.
    The dogs (and cats) in the Argos area. They are vagrants, feeding themselves at night from dustbins, etc. I have discussed this phenomenon with some greeks and one of the interesting facts they pointed out is that most of these dogs have ancestry going back for almost 3000 years. Proud vagrant strains for generations. Some of your dogs have visible alsatian strains - so they have to be recent.

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  22. Love all those sleeping dogs! All them look so calm... I think they are not stray dogs because all them looks well nourish.

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  23. We just returned from Athens surprised by the huge number of sleeping dogs

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