a auzi cainii in Giurgiu

When we were young, people have apostrophized us, and not once, saying that “they will slap us so bad we will hear the dogs in Giurgiu”… I don’t know how often each of us heard it but I don’t think anyone took the time to try and understand what that threat actually meant, and for those who did experience the slap…they probably heard a ringing in their ear at most. I don’t know how that slap could or can aid one’s hearing…but it certainly woke you up to reality and made you focused enough to hear the dogs in Giurgiu.
In our literature the expression appears for the first time somewhere halfway through the 19th century, having been used by Petre Ispirescu in the story “Aleodor Emperor” (1872): “Aleodor, as he woke up, slapped him so bad he head the dogs in Giurgiu”, and by I.L. Caragiale in “A stormy night” (1879): “if he was here to annoy me like this, the glasses would fall of his nose and the hat off his head and he would hear the dogs in Giurgiu”.
But why in Giurgiu? Because I didn’t hear of any dog breed specific to that area, not to mention a louder or more melodic bark. The answer came from the historians…it seems like in the times when Wallachia was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the sheep flocks were brought to Bulgaria through the area of Giurgiu and the dogs that came with the sheep were left behind…hence…
What do you know about this saying? I’d rather you shared with me the stories you heard, not the experiences you had that lead to the slap threat.

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