Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Parisien tête de chien...

...Parigot tête de veau" is an untranslatable expression (literally "dog head" and "veal head") that French people from the provinces use as a bad label for Parisians who misbehave (like, for example, when they go on vacation on the Riviera - or in Corsica - and behave like it's their home...). I thought this little dog-shaped ring that I photographed outside the Poste du Louvre (where I took yesterday's photo) would do the trick. There are several of these along the wall for people to leash their dogs, so that customers can do their business inside while their cherished pets can do their business outside...


  1. .... and hence the crottoir! Trouville & Deuville suffer pavements the same fate, too.

  2. You know, I think that's kinda cute.

  3. I agree, I think it's kind of cute, too. But can't you take your dog inside anymore?

  4. It's very cute, I agree.

  5. Very cute! I love the way I learn something new every time I visit your site, Eric. Merci!

  6. nous avons une autre expression en Corse lorsque parisiens savoyard normand bretons... ou étrangers du monde entiers viennent chez nous , nous notre expressions et du méme esprit ...
    "tiens voilà un pinsutti"
    merci a toi eric pour ton mots sur bastia bon jeudi...
    a salute

  7. Hi Eric, I was out of town in the past week and didn't check any DP I'm slowing catching up and you have so many things in the last few days...

  8. single in the city: I know, isn't it great to learn something new every day about on e of the greatest cities in the history of the world. Not to mention we are learning all of it from such a great person!

  9. Glad to see something official is provided for the dogs, anyway, and it's taken for granted that they are coming along, even if they have to wait outside...

  10. I love the way the french keep their pets in mind. I never understood why people freak out so much about having a dog in a restaurant here in the US. It's not like the dog is going to suddenly jump up on the table and pee on their food.
    Thanks for the photograph it is great to see the little details that sometimes we do not notice.

  11. I've noticed that Germans freely bring there dogs into stores and on buses and trains too. I guess we in the states are just not that pet friendly.

  12. a. I could be wrong, of course, but I think in the US, people are more worried about liability than anything else ... and damage, of course.

  13. Well, I don't care if their tied up to this cute little ring or left to roam in the restaurant, just don't get me started on cats!

    ~Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. -Mary Bly

  14. It's the head of a little Papillion, isn't it? Ah,if only more men really behaved like dogs...loyal, trusting, always glad to see you...

  15. blondetown...well see if you agree with these. Especially number 12!

    How dogs and men are the same

    1. Both take up too much space on the bed.

    2. Both have irrational fears about vacuum cleaning.

    3. Both mark their territory.

    4. Neither tells you what's bothering them.

    5. The smaller ones tend to be more nervous.

    6. Both have an inordinate fascination with women's crotches.

    7. Neither does any dishes.

    8. Both fart shamelessly.

    9. Neither of them notice when you get your hair cut.

    10. Both like dominance games.

    11. Both are suspicious of the postman.

    12. Neither understands what you see in cats.

  16. "How many dogs does it take to put in a light bulb?"

    Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb?

    Border Collie: Just one. And I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

    Dachshund: I can't reach the stupid lamp!

    Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

    Rottweiler: Go Ahead! Make me!

    Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling. Let the servants. . . .

    Lab: Oh, me, me!!! Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I?

    Malamute: Let the Border collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

    Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

    Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

    Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.


    Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

    Irish Wolfhound: Can somebody else do it? I've got a hangover.

    Pointer: I see it, there it is, right there...

    Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

    Australian Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

    Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?

  17. Michael...regarding 12,well, not all dogs...once I had a confused male mutt who just had this huge crush on my fixed male cat (who rather agreeably went along with the whole interspecies-unfixed male/fixed male-forbidden-love thing).

    Anonymous: These are so true...:)

  18. Who knew PDP readers were so funny?

    Come to think of it, other PDP readers knew!

  19. Looks like dogs are treated very well in Paris. When I was there I did notice alot of dogs off leash. Is this ok in Paris? We are not allowed to have our dogs of leash here. Besides mine would run away and not come back for hours. Great photo by the way.

  20. Rodney, I think you are required to have dogs on a leash (French readers?), but it is pretty much accepted that dogs are an important part of society, so like many French laws, it is ignored.

    Blondetown, that sounds like too much information!

    Anonymous, very funny!

    Finally, let's not forget, there's the guy who called his dog "Herpes" 'cause he wouldn't heel!

  21. Hello, back from warm Cyclads (…), lots of PDP posts to visit ! Et là, je dis bravo !!! Je suis quiotidiennement dans le quartier et, bien qu'ayant les yeux qui traînent pas mal, je suis jusqu'à présent passé complètement de ces "têtes de chiens" ! faut que j'aile voir çà immédiatement !