Tuesday, 24 September 2013

You can talk with the animals ...

Polly is a typical retriever who likes to greet with a softie in her mouth and won't usually leave a room without one to carry.  She is a real baby when it comes to her furry friends, going to bed with 'Lambie' each night, playing 'flinging' with 'Froggy', fighting with 'Goosie' and wrestling with her latest cuddler 'Teddy'.

Playing with Teddy

Whenever I say the word 'toys', my soppy girl makes a beeline for her toy box in the lounge to choose a softie to play with on the rug ... cute, but also clever!  I am constantly amazed by her eagerness to recognise elements of human speech ... you can almost see the cogs whirring as she cocks her head, trying her utmost to work out what I'm saying.  Besides the usual 'sit', 'down', 'stay', 'heel', 'wait', type commands, all of which have accompanying visual clues in the form of hand gestures, she has also mastered words such as 'chew', 'toys', 'dinner' and 'bed', which I haven't applied visual clues to ... now that's what I call communication!

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