Saturday, August 8, 2009

Put on the dog

It's been ages since we've blogged. Gramps has heart problems - a condition called atrial flutter which causes his heart rate to race to 140 beats per minute. So, he has been in and out of the hospital. It's been a very trying time for our family. Thank God his condition has stabilized now with the help of medication. We miss catching up with your blogs but hope to catch up next week. We've been tagged by Sapphire and Bok Jae and will try to do that next week too.

This week's phrase, "Put on the dog" is a rather odd one. It actually has 2 meanings:

1) To make things extra special or dress formally for a special event.

Personally. I'm not into dressing up. I much prefer to go "au natural" (plus it's really too hot in Malaysia). But, as a concession for this post, I agreed to let mum tie a pretty pink ribbon on my neck.

2) To assume pretentious airs or to try to seem richer or more important than you really are. (Apparently, this may have been borrowed from an older bit of American university slang, whose first recorded use is also from Yale.)

I disagree with this meaning and I'm sure that most, if not all of you will agree with me. Dogs are the most down to earth creatures with no airs whatsoever! I mean, just take a look at my face...Does it look like I'm trying to seem more important than I look???



It is good to have you back. Hope your GrandPaw is feeling better. We know exactly what you are going through.

Essex & Deacon

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Paws khrossed fur your family's issues to stabilise!

As fur your pikh: I think your tongue is ready to express your opinion in the last one!


ev said...

kess, you look sooooo sweet with the pink ribbon :) did you try to chew it off after the photo was taken? ;)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Kess!
Paws crossed for your Grandpa!
Kisses and hugs

Molly the Airedale said...

Our paws are crossed for your grandpa!
You look very pretty in your pink bow, Kess!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sapphire said...

hope your grandpa gets better soon.

i said...

Hi Kess, glad to hear your grandpa is feeling better now. Mine has been in and out of hospital too.

You look so sweet with the pink ribbon!

Cinnamon and Mint said...

That is a very interesting expression, which I didn't know. Thanks for explaining it. I hope your grandfather get better soon.

The Black and Tans. said...

Hello Kess

We are so pleased your Gramps is feeling better and responding to treatment.

We think your pink bow suits you.

Molly, Taffy and Monty

Unknown said...

How interesting - I had never heard of that saying before, Kess!

Glad to hear that your Grandpa has stabilised - hope he is much better soon!

Honey the Great Dane

Martha said...

So nice to see you back Kess. We are sorry to hear the news about your Granpaw - we hope he remains well with treatment.
We liked seeing you in a bow although we also hate to dress up!
We are alway interested in hearing about the origin of these sayings involving us dogs!
Martha & Bailey xxx

Biggie-Z said...

I hope your GrandPaw is doing better. It is always hard when our humans are having troubles - then we have to work hard.

I think "putting on the dog" makes sense on the "acting rich" defintion - have you seen how much it costs to feed me and take me to the vet? and day care?

By the way, have you tried wearing hats and tiaras? those work pretty well too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kess,

I too haven't been posting much. Glad that Grandpa is home and that he is feeling better.

You are looking lovely with that pink bow - very, very feminine...and very, very delicate! I wouldn't recommend that you allow the squirrels to see you in that bow. They might stop being scared of you:)

Licks n wags,

Thor and Jack said...

Hi Kess! My paws are crossed for your Grandpa.

Thanks for signing my guest book.