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Norwich Bulletin - 8/19/2007

The Word is Dog

Several years ago I did a column using the word cat. This week I am giving our canine friends equal time.

When we come home exhausted in the evenings, it is generally because we have worked like a dog and are dog tired. Sometimes it helps to get some sugar into you and that’s when you can reach for a Devil Dog while you relax outside under your Dog Wood tree.

When you call out of work, it could be because you are sick as a dog, or perhaps you just want to enjoy the dog days of summer, and laze around for a bit, gazing up at the sun dogs, which are red, luminous spots caused by the refraction of light by six-sided ice crystals that form a solar halo on either side of the sun.

Of course, you can’t stay out of work for too long because it is a dog eat dog world and some Hot Dog (show off) could take your place while you were gone.

We all know that every dog has his day (I am still waiting for mine) and we are very thankful when our partners are faithful as a dog in our relationship. Of course, if they weren’t, they would certainly be considered a dirty dog.

When you want someone to do something for you, it helps to look at them with puppy dog (pathetic) eyes. Or you could just hound (nag) them into doing whatever it is you want done. And then if they still don’t want to do it, just start dogging (nagging) them until you get your way.

If you try to be coy and sexy, first, make sure you don’t have dog breath! When looking for a date, I was always attracted to those sea dogs (sailors) in uniform.

Some of the not so nice analogies are people who “bark like a dog” or a common saying to describe a not so attractive person is “What a dog!” This particular phrase probably came to be after people saw a dog fish. And those humans who are dog eared are usually shabby and worn out around the edges.

Three Dog Night is an Australian expression that means a very, very cold night. And during that kind of crisp, cold night, you might see Moon Dogs (Paraselenes) which are bursts of light, often in reds and blues that appear on both sides of the moon.

There are a lot of Names and Dogs that people have used in businesses or sports. A Moon Doggie is a surfer, and also the name of the character that James Darren played in Gidget. The Grey Hound is a dog known for speed and is the name of a line of buses. Here in Connecticut, Jonathan is our University of Connecticut Huskey mascot and Handsome Dan is our Yale Bulldog.

If you want a good tire you can buy a Desert Dog . Or you can enter your dog in the Desert Dog K-9 police trials. And, of course, Randy Jackson has his elite dog pound on American Idol!

You know, sometimes life’s just a b**ch, and obviously this column is just going to the dogs!

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