Sunday, March 23, 2014

Classic Cardigan: Do All Holes That Dogs Dig Lead to China?

Do you know what? I am so behind today that I need to wear pants on both my lower and upper halves. (Perhaps I should trademark that joke. Not only would I be behind, but I'd be a dumb@ss, too.☺)

OK, moving us all right along...once upon a day back in 2011 --when I was still posting stuff to this blog 7 days a week-- I wondered whether on continents other than North America, do all holes that dogs dig lead to China. No, not literally. I wanted to know whether all people use the same saying that their dog (kid, rabbit, turtle...) is digging a hole to China. I mean, that's a perfectly legitimate thing to wonder, right?

Anyway, I didn't need to wonder for long, and let me tell you: I was shocked and amused by readers' responses (both on the blog and on Facebook)!

Are you in a continent other than North America? If so, help out my new readers and let us know: Are your dogs gonna (mysteriously) climb out of the ground in China, too? (Now there's a fictional story idea --all dogs meeting up in China-- if I ever heard one. Maybe some day...)

Originally published on October 27, 2011:
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and have no idea what I'm going to post on the blog (like yesterday and today). I used to get really stressed out about it, but with time, I've learned to just go about my day as usual, and most of the time, something inspires me. (If not, I just go through my photos, pick something cute and put the word "random" in the title. :)

But anyway, today, as I read through some other dog blogs, I saw a couple references to the phrase "my dog dug a hole to China," and for the first time in my adult life, I questioned the validity of it. Not whether a dog (nor anyone) could actually dig through the planet, but whether my dog (if he could HYPOTHETICALLY dig a hole that deep) would actually end up in China?

So how long do you think it'll take us to get to China?

But not only that, is this phrase "digging a hole to China" used only in North America? Or do dogs all over the globe mysteriously dig to the same place? And what about dogs in China? Do they dig to North America?

Is anyone else with me???

You should know that because I suffer from some degree of obsessive-compulsive disorder, I couldn't stand not knowing the answer, so I googled "digging a hole to China." 

North American readers pay attention: If you think your dog might be digging to China, guess what? You'd be WRONG. Your dog will actually end up under the Indian Ocean somewhere off the west coast of Australia. Talk about a bubble-burster. :(

(Those of you NOT in North America can go here to see where your dog would end up.)

Is that China? What's it supposed to look like?

But I'm still wondering of my non-North American readers: Do you even use the phrase "my dog is digging to China?"

Will you let me know in the comments so I can sleep?

Thank you. :)


  1. Here in Finland we also have a saying "dig itself to China" or something like that. Or at least I have heard it couple of times when I was child. But it considers everyone, not just furry animals :D And I don't know how common it's nowadays. I haven't heard it in a while in Finnish but I do have heard it in English :)


  2. LOL over here we dig to Australia and now I am wondering is that geographically correct??? Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Now see, you're making the assumption that the holes dug will go straight down. Rosie is a creative master at hole digging and I still think she'll end up in China ;-)

  4. We SAY we'd be digging to China here in TN, but thanks to a map, I know that in reality, if we dug straight down, we'd end up in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Move map 1's cross to where you live. Look at map 2 and see where you'd end up at.


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