Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Chomp Chomp

We started with zero dogs. Then the oldest saw a litter of pups the shelter had at an adoption fair at a shopping center, and Pep came home. Then my husband saw a dog sitting on Death Row in a neighboring county's animal control for five months, and Salsa came home. And then my little Sirens began to sing in the backyard, and soon enough Pinochet showed up, lured by the barking songs of sleeping on couches, a third of an acre fenced in, and all the Meaty Bones dog treats a dog could want. In fact, they have so many Meaty Bones (with tarter-reducing action!) that their teeth are a dazzling white as if overbleached with Crest Whitestrips. Their teeth flash in the sunlight as the three dogs laze about in the grass.

On a person, though, I find such stark whiteness of teeth vaguely

"disconcerting." Antonyms. Answers Corporation, 2005. Answers.com 10 . 2006. http://www.answers.com/topic/disconcerting-1

It just isn't natural. Add in the faux-glow of self-action tanner, and it's enough to

make my flesh creep
also make one's skin crawl
Cause one to shudder with disgust or fear. This idiom alludes to the feeling of having something crawl over one's body or skin. The first term appeared in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1727): “Something in their countenance made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express.” The variant dates from the late 1800s.
"make one's flesh creep." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. Answers.com 10 . 2006. http://www.answers.com/topic/make-one-s-flesh-creep