today, I took my tea with me on the dog walk (or dog pull)
our dog is a puller
he's a bouvier and they are used for pulling carts in belgium
in fact, they pulled the stretchers of wounded soldiers off the battle field in WWI
and because of that dangerous duty, they were nearly wiped out as a breed
I was walking him myself for a daily 3 mile walk until I wrenched my ankle
I think it was all his pulling that did it
now the child walks him and I follow along
"wag the dog"
An item of minor importance dominating a situation.
This expression probably originated in the USA. There isn't a specific incident that it refers to that can be located there but there are many instances of it in print in US publications from the 1870s onwards, whereas there are none that come from any other country until well into the 20th century.
The earliest citation that I can find is from The Daily Republican, April 1872:
"Calling to mind Lord Dundreary's conundrum, the Baltimore American thinks that for the Cincinnati Convention to control the Democratic party would be the tail wagging the dog."
Dundreary is a character of Tom Taylor's play Our American Cousin. He was an amiable but dim nobleman, who frequently coined nonsensical riddles and twisted metaphors. These 'Dundrearyisms' were similar to Malapropisms and were briefly in vogue amongst US theatre-going circles in the 1850s; for example, 'a stitch in time never boils', 'better late than sorry'.
I don't know if it's my dog who has dominated the situation
or my ankle
... trying not to let it get me down at any rate ...
how are you having your tea today?
on the go?
wagging the dog?