SL: Since Labradors(no quite as smooth as BK: before kids) but I know it has become a timeframe of my life.
I have SL vocabulary now. I will share two words with you today.
Doggone: retains its dictionary definition of being a substitute for the GD exclamation we all know so well, but at the same time means the Dog is Gone!. He was right there by your side, watching you weed, or carry water, or get wood. He was being good doing dog things in your presence but in this second ..he is gone. He went to visit the neighbors in a flash, probably across the road. You fear for his safety, you fear that he will be gone forever. You immediately have to go get looking for him, you immediately have to get him, and most of all you fear for him. Doggone!!
The opposite of doggone is dogged.
I am being dogged at this very moment.
The dictionary definition of dogged, the adjective, means determined. However the term dog besides being the word for the canine animal we know and love is also a verb meaning to follow in a determined manner. In this case my labradors follow me around the house in a determined expectant manner until I give up and we go for a dog walk. They dog me when I blog in the morning. They dog me in the kitchen after supper. Sometimes it seems that I am just constantly dogged. I think that is a good thing.