Did you ever wonder what professional dog walkers said about their clients—both the dogs and the dog's owners? Well, neither did we...until we saw this clever "Walkie Talkie" chart in today's New York Times. The author divides his "secret language chart" into the following categories: Types of Dog, Equipment, Technique, The Biz, and Clients, with examples of dog walkers' code language for each category. For example, an "N.D.F." is a "Not Dog Friendly" dog, "Belly Rub Tax", describes "The extensive petting a dog demands before it is prepared to get up and walk", and to describe clients who are fans of the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, the code word is "Cesaritis".
I've never had a dog walker, professional or otherwise (just Parental Unit and one friend), but I have no doubt these folks have lots to chat about...in code, of course!
Hmmm. I think I'd be called a "Puller" or "Marker". What about you?
Sweet photo of me by John Clark.