Todd: Trevor, do you have a dog?
Trevor: Yeah, I do have a dog.
Todd: What kind of dog?
Trevor: My dogs a boxer.
Todd: A boxer. What does a boxer look like?
Trevor: A boxer is medium size. She's got short hair and a very short stubby nose. And no tail.
Todd: No, tail. Nice. Which do you prefer dogs or cats?
Trevor: I'm a dog person. I like dogs.
Todd: OK. Why?
Trevor: Dogs are a man's best friend and they are always loyal.
Todd: OK. What do you mean loyal? What does loyalty mean?
Trevor: Oh, they'll stay with you, even through the hard times.
Todd: OK. Which breed or kind of dog do you like besides boxers?
Trevor: I like labrodors and I like, uh, small terriers.
Todd: Small terriers
Trevor: Small terriers. A Jack Russell small terrier.
Todd: What color is a terrier?
Trevor: Black and white.
Todd: Black and white. All right! --- What are some costs associated with keeping a dog?
Trevor: Pretty cheap really. You got some vet costs if they get sick and they got to have needles, but food. That's about it really.
Todd: OK. Great. All right. Thanks a lot Trevor
Trevor: See ya later!
A boxer has a short stubby nose.
A 'stubby' nose is short, wide and doesn't stick out far from the rest of the dog's head. We can use 'stubby' for anything that fits this description. Notice the following:
- He has really stubby fingers.
- My cat has kind of a stubby tail.
Dogs are always loyal.
A person or animal that will always love you and be by your side is 'loyal.' Like a good friend that will be there even when your life is difficult. Notice the following:
- You have been a very loyal friend, supporting me through all of
- I am a loyal customer of the coffee shop near my house.
Which breed of dog do you like besides boxers?
A 'breed' of dog is a type of dog. Usually people who sell dogs make puppies with two parents of the same breed, two boxers instead of a boxer and a poodle. Notice the following:
- I have never seen a dog that looks like that. What breed is
- My favorite breed of dog is a pug.
What costs are associated with keeping a dog?
Another way to ask this question is: What costs or expenses are connected with having a dog? Or, If I get a dog, what will I have to pay for? Things that are associated to each other are connected. Notice the following:
- What responsibilities are associated with your new job?
- What activities do you associate with a vacation?
Pretty cheap really.
If something is 'pretty cheap' it still costs money, but not a lot of money. It costs more money than something that is really cheap. 'Pretty' is used with another adjective to mean 'kind of.' Notice the following:
- You are actually pretty tall.
- I will meet you at your house pretty soon.