(something) shouldn't happen to a dog

(something) shouldn't happen to a dog

Something is so heinous or terrible that no creature should ever have to experience it. A brutal attack like that shouldn't happen to a dog. The politician reveals many personal tragedies in her autobiography, awful things that shouldn't happen to a dog.
See also: dog, happen

shouldn't happen to a dog

Fig. an expression of something that is so bad that no creature deserves it. Poor guy. That shouldn't happen to a dog. This cold I got shouldn't happen to a dog.
See also: dog, happen

shouldn’t happen to a dog

in. describes something that is so bad that no creature deserves it. This cold I got shouldn’t happen to a dog.
See also: dog, happen
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