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fido fidelis for David Graham let's translate loosely, shall we take some liberties with latin somewhat like a spaniel in a field bounding here and there and back asking "did you see the rabbit?" "did you see the birds i flushed?" "i'll go get some more, just watch!" loosely, like that, and what we get is a simple saying with deep roots "i trust my faithful [one]" and if you want to go farther afield, maybe across a clear running stream sniffing everything because it's there and some of it smells dangerous well, then you can say "my faithful dog" which is not explicit, but still allowed just a caution though. since lincoln's mutt, the one named "fido" for obvious reasons, turned that old latin verb into a noun, i think it best not to get too loose and suggest that "fido fidelis" might apply to a friend, or worse by far, a wife no my good fellow, you'd be out in the field quick enough, running with 'old faithful' dodging through the grass, leaping over the stream, headed for cover in the woods hiding out 'til dark, sneaking back home where you'll both spend the night at cubile caninum, which sounds fancy, but loosely translates to "the doggie den"