March 4th 2009 2:11 pm
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I love to go outside for just a little while each day and explore around my yard. I drove Mom crazy today crying and crying for her to let me out. She finally said, "OK Smudge, I will let you outside for a little while, but it's raining cats and dogs!!". Say what?? Raining cats and dogs? What's that all about?
There are some theroies of where this term came from. One suggestion is that 'raining cats and dogs' comes from a version of the French word 'catadoupe', meaning waterfall. If the phrase were just 'raining cats', or even if there also existed a French word 'dogadoupe', we might be going somewhere with this one. But that word does not exist.
Another suggestion comes from mythology. Dogs and wolves were attendants to Odin, the god of storms, and sailors associated them with rain. Witches, who often took the form of their familiars - cats, are supposed to have ridden the wind. Is this where it came from? Cats, witches?? I don't think so!!
Well, what I did find out when I stepped out the door was that water was pouring from the sky!! Needless to say, I was soon crying even louder to get back into the house! And with a smile on her face, mom let me right back in.