Can we all agree to get past the point that I (we) have a dog. And the fact that we, (I) love that damn mutt. After three years now I think you all have wrung out the whole, You’re a dog lover now. Ok, yes I am. Moving on.
Aside from Milo being my constant running partner when I’m home, he happens to be incredibly smart. He’s still exuberant, but obedient for the most part. He also appears to be getting smarter. Yeah he heeds more commands, but it’s more than that. Maybe you life long dog lovers have already experienced this.
I know this might seem crazy. Honestly I’m surprised I’m even typing this next sentence. Lately it appears Milo is trying to talk. When I say talk I mean speak in human verbiage. We all know dogs can communicate on a high level with barks, body language and their eyes. No, the communication I’m referring to is Milo looking and sounding like he’s attempting to use human words of the English variety.
I think the more weird or maybe concerning part of it all is that I feel like I understand what he’s trying to say.
Usually when he needs or wants to go out he’ll stand by the door. Where I sit in my office affords me a clean view of the front door. So when he posts up on the door mat he expects that I see him and will respond quickly and efficiently. When I don’t move to his liking he approaches me and starts to do this weird wailing/whining type noise.
He looks right at me, backs up three of fours steps as he makes this weird noise. All that as his head is bobbing up and down. It’s like he’s trying to say, “C’mon bro time to go.” And when I don’t move at that little exhortation he gets closer and starts talking. Bitching me out even. At least that what it sounds like.
The long whining switches to short bursts of sound and his mouth moving as if he’s trying to form words. I swear to you.
When he really needs to go out he gets more demonstrative. As if somehow the more he urges me, the more he gestures, the easier for me to understand. If I didn’t know better I’d say he was scolding me for not understanding him.
He doesn’t do it for long. Mainly because if it becomes clear that I don’t understand or I’m not going to comply he runs upstairs and bothers the Mrs. Milo is not long on patience.
God forbid I don’t understand him where he’s hungry. Which is always. But again, he doesn’t bark. He goes into this weird short burst growling/whining/wailing type machinations. I firmly believe he’ll speak one day. I sit and wait for the day real English words come out of his mouth.
The only question is will they be the four letter version?