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17 Words That Have A Completely Different Meaning When You're A Dog

BuzzFeed UK has an office dog, Phineas, so we asked him to help come up with this handy guide.

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1. "Sofa"

For humans means: A nice place to sit.

For dogs means: A nice place to roll.

3. "Friends"

For humans means: A carefully selected group of people that you like.

For dogs means: All dogs. All dogs are friends. And people. And everything.


5. "Walk"

For humans means: An outing on foot.

For dogs means: When we go outside and then EVERYTHING happens. Literally, I want to say hi to all the things here. What is that? I'm going over there now. This is SO EXCITING.

7. "Chair"

For humans means: Somewhere to sit down.

For dogs means: Somewhere I sit, and if I'm not using it, you may also sit down.


9. "Thunderstorm"

For humans means: A meteorological event that can be quite loud.

For dogs means: Terror. What is happening? Why is the sky falling down?

11. "Hat"

For humans means: Something it's tricky to pull off.

For dogs means: Something I can always pull off.


13. "Lunch"

For humans means: A meal eaten in the middle of the day.

For dogs means: A meal I eat sometimes, but also, if you're having some food, could I have some food, please?

15. "Work"

For humans means: What you do to get money.

For dogs means: Napping, mainly. Sometimes going for a walk on the desk.

17. "Nap"

For humans means: An occasional treat.

For dogs means: *At the mere mention of a nap, Phineas left to take a nap. So, important, probably.*

With thanks to Phineas (Instagram here), and his human, Nicole.