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 Daily Mail article about dog that has learned a bunch of words. 

This paragraph took my eye:
"Children pick up vast amounts of language as they go along. For instance, a child of two understands the phrase “I love you”. I don’t think Chaser would know that. By three, a child would say: “Mummy, I love you” and know the meaning. Chaser couldn’t do that.’"

I'd love to know how anyone can objectively test small children for 'comprehension of love' and compare against an animal that cannot actually speak any human language - whether or not it can comprehend it.  Or any human, for that matter.

I feel that a test that can accurately tell you if 'I love you' is being fully understood and appropriately used would have *considerable* value on the open market.

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inzilbeth_liz
19th Jan, 2011 20:31 (UTC)
I felt a little sad at the end on reading that she would rather be herding sheep
bunn
19th Jan, 2011 21:00 (UTC)
Yes - and 'rather shy and reserved around other dogs' - I wonder how much normal doggy social life she gets. Though of course she has great owners compared to many, at least she gets something to do with her brain!

(I can just feel Mollydog being horrified at having to work with one's brain... :-D )
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