That’s his name, not a mean command. The dog in Headlong is called Elbow, and he gets a mention in the book’s new VOYA review, a first, I think, for any of my fictional animals (except possibly straydog, but that was almost a gimme). (Hello, Paz the cat!)
The review goes on to note that “this lovely story portrays friendship—what it is and what it is not. Many teen girls will wish themselves into this book.” Which is also lovely. Thanks, VOYA, and bow wow.