Dogmatic Logo
The Canine in Conversation
contents page back to last page visited reload this page prior page in site next page in site
spacer spacer
illustration of dogs chasing a rabbit spacer
figure 1


hound-dog mile. A long distance. Specifically it is said to be “the distance a hound-dog chases a rabbit before he (the hound-dog) drops dead.”reference 1

If this is to be believed, hound-dogs do not seem so very hardy. Either that or “mile” is extremely misleading. Humans regularly run marathons of over 25 times the length of an actual mile without significant death rates. Am I kidding myself to imagine that the stamina of dogs is at least equivalent to ours? This would seem to make a hound-dog mile many miles in length. Regardless, this is a figurative mile; it's definitely not like the nautical mile which, while longer than the standard mile, is a standard length, nonetheless.

1. Gould, John, and Lillian Ross. 1975. Maine Lingo: Boiled Owls, Billdads & Wazzats. 1st ed. Camden, Me.: Down East magazine quoted in Cassidy, Frederic Gomes, and Joan Houston Hall, eds. 1985. Dictionary of American Regional English. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2:1130.



About the illustration: Some citified dogs chasing a rabbit. It appears that the dog-owners are likely to drop dead before anyone else. © 2008 Jupiterimages Corporation.  
cf: bird dog minute Last updated: August 20, 2008
by Alec MacLeod 2001-2008  Dogmatic Technologies Oakland Creative Commons unless otherwise expressly stated, all original material of whatever nature created by Alec MacLeod and included in The Canine in Conversation and any related pages, is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Please read the Terms of Use Agreement by Alec MacLeod Dogmatic Technologies