Here’s a translation of some words we use around here:

belly-up!: perform the cockroach maneuver; to put one’s belly to the air.

cookie: a dog treat or dog biscuit (that is, not a human-type cookie with sugar).

Hern Greyt Works: Greyhound Pets, Inc.‘s state-of-the-art kennel in Woodinville, Washington. Greyhound Pets, Inc. was founded in 1985 by John Hern, and has found homes for over 5,300 retired racing greyhounds.

prepare for EVA: get ready to go outside (extra-vehicular-activity, a NASA term); to suit up.

suit up: put on our leashes, coats, and shoes, and make sure we’ve got poopbags, keys, and phone.

The Signal: paw the air as a way of asking for loves, scritches, or attention. Often performed while splayed out on your side.

WAIT!: be totally still, because FoodLady is about to open a door or gate. Don’t even move a whisker, or think about moving a whisker, because nobody’s going anywhere if anyone’s moving. No moving forward, no heavy breathing, no tail wags. Total calm and seriousness. Of course, we’re suited up for such an event.

wait: hold still, but it’s ok to move your whiskers or tail.



1 comment for “Glossary

  1. laura krzywicki
    January 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hi Pat! We loved getting your holiday newsletter and reading about all the adventures of the greys. It was fun to show the girls your flowers and garden too. Happy 2013, we wish you peace and love. Also if you are ever in South OC, let us know we can plan a visit. Love, Laura K.

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