This made me think about Riley's "language" and what his different sounds might mean. Though I'm sure there are others, here are Riley's top 8 sounds, translations included:
Ruh! Ruh! Ruh! - "You left me alone at home for way! too! long! and I am soooo excited to see you!" or "Stop kissing/hugging/tapping each other on the shoulder, Mom and Dad! I am the only one in this house who gets physical affection!"
Rrrrrr... - "Oooohh, rubbing my head into the couch cushions feels so good!" or "I want to play and you are ignoring me! Throw my toy immediately!"
Roorooroo! - "I just heard the words 'go for walk' come out of your mouth and I am just! too! excited!"
What? Did you just say the magic 'W' word?!
Ack. - "Whoops. I drank too much water too quickly...and some came back out onto the carpet. Sorry..."
Yip! - "Dammit, Dad! You stepped on my paw again!" or "I am asleep and having a very exciting dream so please don't disturb me, okay?"
Jingle, jingle... - "Excuse me. Excuse me? It is very late at night and you guys are sleeping...but I really need to go pee. So I will just sit here and scratch at my collar."
Soooo...is anyone going to take me outside? Anyone?
Snuffle snuffle... - "Why is the door shut? I know you're in there..." or "You came home from work smelling like other dogs! How dare you?!"
Burrrrp. - "Thank you for the delicious treat." (Seriously, Riley's burps could win a contest. I've never heard anything like that from a dog. They sound like a human man's belch - it's crazy.)
What about you? Does your dog have a language all his own?