= Little Black Devil or Little Belgian Darling. (Usually the
Schippeteers = the High Desert Trio of Skipper,
Melanie, & Jordan. Their
rallying cry is "All for one and many biscuits for all!"
= the human on which an LBD relies. Some misguided folks use
the term "dog owner."
gator dog = Skipper "smiling" how happy
he is to see you.
up = a sign that all is well and good and an
invitation for belly rubs. Looks hilarious on Jordan and perfectly
balanced on Melanie.
= Skipper displaying his uncanny ability to accurately predict
the weather and forecast it through mystifying mood shifts.
= She around whom the world revolves. Also the one to get if
you want the job done right! (See kill the rat.)
= Skipper's fave workout, starting with a catch-me-if-you-can
stance followed by a chase around the all-doors-open circuit
of the house.
soccer = a game Jordan will suddenly play with
a rawhide chew for no discernable reason. Games usually traverse
several rooms in the house.
dog = Jordan channeling non-schip predecessor
Joplin. Must establish maximum dog body to human body contact
while lounging and sleeping. Best if LBD can really lean into
= Cheweez Tremons: the schippeteers jonesing for rawhides.
= the smell of schip paw pads, oddly similar to a certain snack
flying dog = a schip relaxing with belly to the
ground, front legs stretched out, and hips wide open, allowing
inner thighs to lie against the ground.
dog = Jordan perched atop the recliner as if
he were a mountain goat surveying his terrain high in the Rockies.
(See also tree dog.)
feet = a combination of stamping, spinning, tapping,
and an overall inability to keep still. Usually occurs in waves
throughout the day!
Pollack = Jordan as abstract artist. He arranges
trash of varying hues in temporary collages pleasing to LBDs,
but somehow not to the slaves.
the rat = a game of taking a stuffed toy and
whipping it overhead and against the ground as practice for
what Miss Mellie considers a serious vocation. (She has a variety
of species kills on her scorecard.)
= ecstatic sprinting in an ovoid and/or figure eight pattern,
featuring a tucked butt and a huge smile. Often preceded by
Sole Biscuit = Skipper's heartwrenching song,
pleading to be in the company of his beloved biscuit once again.
Often brought home with some Skipperdance and the skillful backup
of the other schippeteers.
= adorable waving of front paws in the air while balanced on
hind feet. High degree of cuteness known to melt hardest of
dog = Jordan "walking" and hopping
up and down like a pogo stick when following a human with food.
= Skipper's Ode to Biscuits: rapid tapping and stamping with
repeated head arcs pointing to the biscuit area, often accompanied
by his unique song stylings. (See O Sole Biscuit.)
= Jordan's rather incredible ability to stay in a seated position
while moving forward. (Derived from combination of skitter
= a gathering of schipperkes and their slaves for LBD antics,
socializing, food, photographs, and gales of laughter.
= the training of humans by the schippeteers to think and act
in a more appropriate (i.e. schipperke) manner. (Sort of the
opposite of anthropomorphizing, attributing human qualities
Tara speech = Miss Mellie's telepathic acting
career highlight. With those big, brown eyes she abandons her
Gone With the Wind namesake and takes on Miss Scarlett:
"I just canÕt think about that today. IÕll think about
addiction = the
inability to leave a trashcan upright and unexplored. (See also
dog = Melanie perched atop the couch as if she
were a leopard lounging in a tree.
Wheedler = originally Miss Mellie, but now also
her protege Jordan. Should a slave be so bold as to stop petting
a schippeteer, the LBD will maneuver in a variety of ways to
get the slave back on track.
dog = Mellie performing her Sun/Heater Salutation
ritual, which entails various moves performed around the Belly