why keep a dog and bark yourself

why keep a dog and bark yourself

Why do something that someone else is paid to do? I don't know why she's vacuuming when her cleaning lady is coming over tomorrow. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
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Why keep a dog and bark yourself?

Prov. You should not do something you have hired someone else to do. Ellen: The cleaning lady washes my floors every Tuesday, but I always wash them over again. Jane: Don't be silly, Ellen. Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
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why keep a ˌdog and bark yourˈself?

(informal, saying) if somebody can do a task for you, there is no point in doing it yourself: My mother always cleans the house before the cleaning lady comes, but why keep a dog and bark yourself?
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Why keep a dog and bark yourself

Don't do a chore that should be done by someone you hired to do it. A literal example of the expression would be a home owner who buys, trains, and maintains a guard dog, but stays up all night in case of intruders. Jonathan Swift in Polite Conversation wrote this exchange between a woman of quality and her servant: “‘Good Miss, stir the Fire.' ‘Indeed your Ladyship could have stirr'd it much better.' [To which the woman replied] ‘I won't keep a Dog and bark myself.'”
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Why keep a dog and bark yourself is Nicola Smith's philosophy.
Every dog has his day, if you lie down with dogs you will get up with fleas, let sleeping dogs lie, a live dog is better than a dead lion, why keep a dog and bark yourself, a barking dog never bites, love me - love my dog, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, dog does not eat dog (and I thought it was the reverse).