A diagnosis I’m happy with…

creative people


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! 


I like this even better!! Photo credit: bit.ly/1p3FxrC

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.

doge 1

Photo credit: Doge Facebook

doge 4

Photo credit: Doge Facebook

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?

On the internet

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.





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35 Responses to A diagnosis I’m happy with…

  1. We do the same! Celine, my fox terrier ( who we are convinced is on the spectrum) has a Northern English/Jordy type accent and Pablo the Chihuahua naturally has a Mexican accent. My husband is an excellent mimic and does them much better than me. They have nicknames as well. In fact that’s where Pinky Poinker came from. Annabelle’s blog is lovely I agree 🙂 I think most dog lovers are a bit nutty.

  2. Oh Pinky, you’ve made my day! Don’t feel so so alone in the world now! Been thinking, Susan, WHY did you admit to the world that you speak in dog voices with your daughters? Worse than speaking in tongues! I told my girls I’m getting a chihuahua when I’m an empty nester, so will start brushing up on the Mexican accent (and spelling). I love the handbag option. 🙂

  3. Lee-Anne says:

    Hello from a fellow-nutty-dog-person! We also have voices, nicknames (not as inventive as yours), take endless photos and are basically ‘mental as anything’ 😉

    Off to read Annabelle Franklin!

    • Oh Lee-Anne, you and Annabelle will be kindred spirits, as Anne Shirley said.
      Our family are ridiculous with dog names; you’re tasteful, that’s the difference. Let’s admit, you’ve had to put up with Madam Coco’s demands/foibles and been very patient. 🙂

  4. Lee-Anne says:

    PS: Love the new look blog…is the sequel out yet?

  5. Dex, goofy, puppy, dexter the dog, all nicknames for Dexter. Thanks for the laugh 😀😀

  6. We love this post! Annabelle is embarrassingly creative with the nicknames. I get called Silly Millie, Millie Billie, Mrs Milner, the Milnerator, and Millikin Pie. Pearl is Twirly Pearly, Princess Pearly, Pearly Whirly, and Prrrl (spoken in a growly dog voice). Collectively we’re known as the Mivvetts. And yes, there are songs too. So glad we’re not the only ones who have to put up with this sort of thing.
    Thanks for the shout-out! Millie and Pearl 🙂

  7. You are very welcome! The Milnerator, I love it. Really did love that post of yours, Millie and Pearl, read it out at the dinner table! The suspense! The countryside, nothing like it here, although you guys would love the kangaroos.

  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    If we were able to have a dog, we’d no doubt do the same! But sadly, the hubs is too allergic, a fact of which the kids never let him forget. 🙂

  9. LOL! One of my fav here, Susan, Step-cycsta.
    Yeah ESL makes sense, all right.
    Fun family!

  10. Totally get this…but, it’s our cats that we do this with…
    and yes!…love being called “creative”…

    • Hi Marilyn, Of course, cats! We had a living brooch more than a cat, called Bruce. Years later my daughter declared, Why would anyone call a human Bruce?
      Creative is a fun excuse and I’m sticking to it!

  11. I have better conversations with my pets than I’ve had with most anyone with working vocal cords. And this is probably due to the fact that as a fiction writer I have a lot of opportunities to work with dialogue and put it to practice with the hound and hellcat. Even the sheep. The discussions are scintillating! 😛
    And the new heart background is so eye-catching. Lovely stuff, Susan!

    • Thanks Shelley, still fiddling with background etc.
      Dogs ARE good listeners, even love birds, but I’ve yet to have a chat with a sheep, ha ha. After watching Babe and Charlottes Web some animals are better communicators!

  12. What a fun post, Susan. I so enjoyed it!

  13. livelytwist says:

    Lol, I don’t have a dog, but you’ve got me laughing 🙂
    I’m creative and I’m pretty normal, I think 😉

  14. suzjones says:

    Ha ha. We call the cat all sorts of name and sometimes imitate her “Feed me. Feed me”. I guess that counts.
    Have you ever seen the Disney (or Nick) show “Dog with a Blog” about a talking dog? That can be pretty funny.

  15. kathymarris says:

    I love creative people because they are all so interesting. My beautiful 10 year old Lab Jada, has her own Instagram page titled ‘Jaunting Jada’. I have photographed her at almost every location we visited on our recent trip around Aus with a clever caption. Everyone loved it!

  16. Debbish says:

    No dog but I would LOVE to be described as creative. I’m not actually sure I am. I suspect I’m too pragmatic etc.

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  18. alexkx3 says:

    Really nice read! 🙂 Good to see I’m not alone. I always coloured outside the lines and no one in my family is called by their real name, (instead, Squiggles, Crabman (don’t ask), Holmes). I think a lot of creative people become artists just so people don’t label them as crazy.

  19. Lesley says:

    What a brilliant way to start my day – with an enjoyable read and a good laugh courtesy of your excellent blog. Thanks! 😀

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