This week, I celebrate–and smear on–the silly, affectionate, alliterative, and gross. Glory to the English(?) language and loved ones as we launch into Labor Day weekend. Happy Holiday!
Five Phrases of Furry Friend Fondness and Folly
My husband and I exclaim oodles of enthusiastic and incredulous utterances at and about Elyse–our eleven-or-so-year-old, energy-extracting American Brittany dog, or “fur baby.” Enjoy these examples.
1) “Hi, Booger! How’s my baby girl?” (mine) – Why Booger, you ask? . . .
2) “Goopies and crusties!” – Doggy eye drainage, a.k.a. eye boogers, when I wipe her face like a toddler’s. Gee, kinda sounds like Gurgi’s “Munchies and crunchies!” (ew) from the animated Disney film The Black Cauldron:
3) “Sweet Madam Puppy Dog,” “Noodle,” “Curly Puppy,” or “Madam Noodlington” (all his) – When she’s curled up in a ball on her bed or the floor
4) “Pee time, Bubba Dog / Puppa / Buppa!” (ours). There are endless variations, are there not?
5) “Flap, flap, flap!” (ours) – The sound her floppy ears make when she shakes without wearing a collar
Go to Dog Blog: Don’t. Move. for photos and descriptive phrases of Elyse’s sleeping poses.
See Blogging 101: Dream Reader, The Irony in My Life for a story she inspired.
What do you call your pets?
(We tend to reserve “Elyse” for when she’s in trouble, so I guess it’s now her middle name.)
Bonus about other dogs.
Correcting my husband in childish tones as we looked at a picture of a very fluffy and adorable Belgian Tervuren Shepherd puppy on a calendar page (neither of these images):
“It’s not a bear; it’s a baby dog!”
Excusable error… They even look kind of like Ewoks, don’t you think?