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Essay On The Patient Dog Eats The Fattest Bone

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 26, 2010 at 03:58

In Reply to: The patient dog gets the fattest bone posted by john on March 18, 2010 at 19:12:

: : : What is the origin and meaning of the phrase 'The patient dog eats the fatteth (or is it fattest?) bone'?

: : It appears to be "an African saying." It is called that on a Website devoted to Michael Jackson, see:

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: : But it also appears in the blogs or posts of some African authors, always identified, if at all, as a saying. It probably has to do with the behavior of dogs in wild packs, but perhaps not. It may not be true, but without knowing the exact origin it's impossible to say.

: : The message is something like: Patience has its own reward, whether it's the fattest bone or some other triumph. Patience in the face of adversity will be rewarded.

: : The superlative (e.g., fattest) can be achieved by adding the -est suffix, unless there is already an established superlative form. The -th or -eth suffix is used in ordinal numbers, except where an alternative already exists (as in first, second and third).
: : SS

: That saying never really made much sense to me. I thought they were going with the "patience is a virtue" angle but it seems counter intuitive. I can imagine that the patient dog is the one who goes hungry. The patient one may get the bone (after the not so patient ones eat all the meat)

Equally counter-intuitive is the saying, "Blessed be the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." My geology professor, on the other hand, contended that when and if the humans self-destructed, it would be the snails that inherited the earth.

The patient dog

What the patient dog idiom really means.

“The patient dog eats the fattest bone.” –an idiom.


Many people have been confused by this saying. Read this short article and update your thinking.

The patient dog is not the one that sits quietly and watches while the other dogs fight for the bones. If it does that, it would only get leftover bones and therefore, it would be skinny and most likely, die of hunger.

The patient dog is the one that fights and struggles with dogs bigger than it for the prize - bones. The patient dog is the one that goes straight for the biggest bone and sinks its teeth deep into it, never letting go no matter what. The patient dog holds on to the biggest bone even if the other dogs bite it. It keeps holding on until finally, the other dogs get tired and go for smaller bones.

I hope you now know how the patient dog really acts.

Action guide

Be patient with what you want to achieve. Hold on, keep working. No matter how many times situations, problems and people try to push you down, keep holding on. That’s what patience is all about.

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PPs: Patience not about sitting idle - waiting. It is about continuous action on the same thing (for days, months, years…) until you get the results you want.