Call it denial, but I’d much rather be diagnosed as creative than most of the alternatives. It seems you can get away with quite a lot of things (making mistakes, being a ditz, being idealistic/naive, short attention span), all in exchange for being labelled imaginative, or creative. Phew!
For instance, everyone in our family has a lot of different pet names, even the dogs. Some visitors have found this quite eccentric, and told us so. Is it really that odd, oops, creative?
Coco, Coco-lossal, Critter, Coco-liscious, Speed-hump, Road-kill-with-a-pulse, Step-cycsta, (the mean ones are my husbands) * Little Miss Cocie-girl, Hairy Prawn, Coco-loco, Lou-la, Zena-Marie Biscuit. Have I mentioned the songs?
But there is one thing that might be a little unique in our household. Speaking of pets, one of our pooches is much more self-centred than the other dog. My daughters and I sometimes talk to each other in what we call the dog voice, which is a higher octave, playful, selfish and sassy tone, spoken from the dog’s point of view. For example:
‘Heh! Where’s my dinner? I said I was hungry!’
‘I saw you give yourself the big bit!’
‘I said, hurry up. I’m going to leave without you!’
“That’s enough of talking about you, let’s talk about me.’
Then one of us will realise and say, ‘Hey. We’re doing the dog voice in public again.’
Why do we do it? I think it’s an extension of the many hours the girls spent playing Barbies and role-playing in their American accents (the accent probably came from Saturday Disney doll advertisements on TV). When our puppy came along we gave her a voice too. This is the culprit, 14 years on, still at it.
You can imagine our delight when we came across a couple of funny Facebook Doge posts (not always funny and the inventor remains a mystery, so I don’t know who to credit). Here the dog’s voice comes across as ESL (English as a Second Language), which makes TOTAL sense. I mean, what dog was born speaking English? They always pick it up later on, even though spelling obviously remains a challenge.
My daughters find these hilarious because they reflect exactly how our older dog thinks. They’re probably laughing in relief, that they’ve found someone else who understands dogs’ thoughts and voices them. Someone else being ‘creative.’
Perhaps Doge really is a dog!! You can’t be sure people are who they say they are, on-line, can you?
To acknowledge a fellow blogger who is creative and knows about dogs and their opinions, I encourage you to visit Annabelle Franklin’s blog and read her enchanting post, Malamute Magnet. If you like dogs, you will love this story from the dog’s point of view. I did!
Please tell me you do
silly creative things with your dogs too. 🙂
* My husband should have been in advertising. He came up with Abominable Showman for a Rolf Harris headline.