I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. What does this mean? “The big dog on the block”.
Me: As with all sayings, this is a human expression. It has nothing to do with dogs.
Stella: Then why does it mention dogs?
Me: People like to use what we call metaphors. That means we compare things that are not alike because they are alike in some ways.
Stella: As usual, human nonsense.
Tiger: Yes, nonsense. Everyone knows that I am the big dog on the block. What is a block?
Wiggles: You are the big dog…until I prove that you are not.
Tiger: Fighting words!
Wiggles: Then get on with it, loser!
Doodlebug: Fight! Fight! Fight!
Miss Sweetie: Who is fighting? I don’t want to miss that!
Me: No fighting! Period!
Wiggles: So, when is the fighting period?
Me: Never! Stella, and everybody! To answer the question about who the big dog on the block is. That would be me!
Stella: You don’t look like a dog. Aren’t you always saying that you are not a bulldog?
Tiger: You are not all that big.
Wiggles: I think I can outfight her. What do you all think?
Tiger: Yeah, maybe. I know that I could.
Doodlebug: I would enjoy seeing that.
Miss Sweetie: Lady Human! Run with me! I will hide you! And bring the cat! I can hide her, too!
Me: I’m not hiding from anybody! What brought all this on?
Wiggles: Tiger was prancing around like she was all…you know…lah, lah, lah, look at me. And Stella started talking about big dogs and we know she is not a big dog. I am bigger than she is. Everyone is bigger than she is…
Doodlebug: And fights are exciting.
Miss Sweetie: And scary. I know, because Doodlebug and I play fight and it is exciting. And scary.
Me: Okay. More exercise. It’s a nice day. Everybody needs to run. Not Tiger and Wiggles together, but by turns.
Wiggles: Run? Okay.
Doodlebug: Run and then nap time.
Miss Sweetie: Nap time now.
Stella: Lady Human, who is that big dog on the block now?
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