When you love a dog, you need a whole new vocabulary. The Oxford English Dictionary, even unabridged, does not have enough words to describe things dog people know well.
Here are just a few words I’ve learned to better describe living with dogs.
10 Words Only Dog People Know
How many of these words do you need in your daily vocabulary?
Furwhumpf – The massive blizzard of fur and dander that floats in the air when you shake out a comforter or blanket.
Bdonk – The sound every dog person hears in her head when a big Labrador retriever walks by slowing swinging his powerful, otter tail.
Vulturing – The stooped shoulders and glaring eyes a dog takes on when she’s tired of having her picture taken.
Smashjoy – The horrible sound of plastic food toys crashing into furniture and skidding into wood trim that you can’t bear to stop because it makes your dog so happy.
Bribebeg – When your dog refuses to do what you ask him to do because he knows if he holds out long enough you’ll eventually try to bribe him with a cookie.
Pupivents – The cooling holes left in your underwear by your teething puppy.
HDSP – The unspoken communication by which a dog and husband conspire to steal the sheets and blankets from the person in the family most likely to get cold.
Pupody – The tune you sing to your dog after substituting the words you like better. Example, “Please Walk Me Now” being sung to the melody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Smatching – Buying clothes that match your dog’s fur so people can’t tell you’re actually covered in dog hair.
Plove – The strong bond you and your dog have for each other that keeps you from needing words to share how much you love each other.
Your Turn: If someone wrote a dictionary for dog lovers, which words would you suggest adding?
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