You say dumb, I say silent.
“We call them dumb animals…for they cannot tell us
how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” ~Anna Sewell
What do we expect of our dogs?
I have heard it said that language or talking compares to after market items on automobiles. Some car fans believe that aftermarket items cannot be as good as what comes installed.
Most people find speaking about difficult subjects a last resort. Sure it takes time to think and speak reflectively. When stressed people resort to gestures, nonverbal vocalizations and facial expressions. So, if talking seems a heculian effort at times of pain or strong emotion, what kind of reasonable expecations do we have of communicating with our dogs?
If we as humans deflaut to animal like expressions, why do we want our dogs to “talk” to us during their times of distress?
On a lighter note:
Ginger Rogers said, “They say the horse is coming back.”
Astaire said, “But where has he been?” Fred Astaire in the movie, Shall We Dance.
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