Friday, April 17, 2009

Dog Post

Everyone who knows me either virtually or in reality recognizes I have the best dog in the world. Her name is Ansa, aka The Wonder Dog. 90% collie, 9% husky and 1% everything else. She's also a rescue and has lived with me 4 years now.

I haven't been very well in the last while so am not up to our usual long walks but fortunately there is a field not too far from here where I can let her off leash so she can romp and chase with other dogs and work off her boundless energy. I was there last night and there were other owners and dogs there. I had realized for some time that Ansa has developed an almost human way of communicating with me.

For instance, in the morning I always say to her when I wake up, "good morning, Ansa" and she responds in a triple yaw-yaw-yaw sound that I've thought of as her way of saying it back to me. Likewise when the phone rings she'll get into a rumbling type of yaw-yaw as if imitating me, often coming over to lie on my feet as I'm on the phone, yaw-yawing away to herself as if fully participating in the phone call.

I didn't realize how totally unusual this was until yesterday evening when in between bouts of gambolling with the other dogs she'd veer over to me for a few minutes, sit in front of me and yaw-yaw as if telling me all about her exploits with the doggie pals.

The other owners were astounded. My god - she talks, they said, she tells you everything!

I didn't tell them that it works both ways.


  1. Sounds like a great friendship there, complete with mutual understandings. I like the canine affirmation tape. I think I could do with a human version of that....

  2. Awwww! (Or maybe I should copy Ansa and say Yawwwww! ):-)

    Super cartoons!

    I hope you are feeling a little better WWW?

  3. Dog gone woman, you take care!

    Some great cartoons there.

  4. @Nick:
    Me too. Though at a point in time in my family we were discussing airlines and how sometimes the passengers would applaud a pilot for landing the aircraft. Doing his/her job. so we decided to applaud the ordinary things in life, the dishes washed, the bathroom cleaned. It was extraordinarly validating. Must re-initialize that come to think of it.

  5. @T:
    No still not well, did some research and bronchitis is a virus and does not respond to anti-bs. I feel I'm in la-la land at the moment.
    I'm trying tho as mentioned above there is no cure for me!

  6. I love how you describe the behavior of your dog and it makes me smile all over, because I'm such a sucker for cute dog behavior. I'm sure Ansa is very smart and that she is your truest companion ever and that she really does talk to you and I think that's great. It must be wonderful to wake up in the morning and be greeted by her. She sounds like such a good dog.

    Hope you are feeling a bit better.


  7. What a magical dog - you lucky thing you.

    Great cartoons too.

    I love the New Yorker cartoon of a dog typing away on a computer saying to his doggy friend sitting next to him 'On the internet, no one knows you're a dog'...

  8. Just saying hi, my friend. Would stop by with chicken soup and hot tea if I could. Sounds like Ansa is taking good care of you.

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