If They Don’t Talk to You, Eat Them

These are pretty cool studies. 

  • We talk to our dogs differently than we do babies.

Similarities: high-pitched voice, repetitive use of grammatically acceptable words, present-tense verbs.
Differences: Dog-talk involved shorter sentences and more orders while baby-talk included more questions.

“Which all raises the question of whether we’re treating our babies like dogs or our dogs like babies. Either way, the authors point out the main problem in talking to both babies and dogs is it “involve[s] communicating with a limited and inattentive addressee.”

I haven’t been around any babies for an extended length of time where I fall into that goofy coochie coochie coo mode. I think two year olds are much more fun. But when I’m around babies, they are usually surrounded by females who are taking care of that – to extremes!

But I live with four dogs, and our conversations do consist more of commands.

  • “Stop licking my head.”
  • “Woof, grrrr, Woof.” (But your sweat is yummy)
  • “Ouch, stop eating my toes.”
  • “Arf.” (OK)
  • “grrrrrr.” (You little punk, get out of my face.)
  • Bark, Arf, Woof, aroooooooo, Arf, Arf, Grrrrrrr, Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark Bark, arooooooooooo, yelp, Bark Bark Bark (shadow outside)
  • Stop. Stop. Stop it. Now. Quiet. Quiet. Stop. Now.

Show water bottle squirter.  Peace.


Fury in the Canine Nation:

There is also the depth. Ask any dog lover, and they will tell you that these animals who share our lives are not property. They are all members of an extended family. Visit your local dog park on a Saturday morning, and listen to conversation strikingly similar to a play-date – with parents discussing the best day care while keeping a close eye on the bullies.

  • Is it wrong to eat your dog?

“A family’s dog was killed by a car in front of their house. They had heard that dog meat was delicious, so they cut up the dog’s body and cooked it and ate it for dinner.”

Yeah, but the preparation would be nasty.   All that hair! And our dogs eat more grass and tree limbs and twigs than they do dog food.

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If They Don’t Talk to You, Eat Them — 3 Comments

  1. Oh man, don’t get me started about eating dogs. Many Koreans eat dog and it is disgusting the horror they put them through. When I was teaching there, my landlord had a great dog and 1 day I heard it wailing and when I went out he had it hanging from a clothesline and was gutting it live. I yelled at him and he used gestures (spoke no English nor I Korean) to invite me to eat it with him. When I told my students the story, many were disgusted but some thought it was great. I told them to write an essay on why it was wrong to eat dog. I gave an F to anyone who favored it. Screw Korean culture on this one.

  2. Yuck. I can’t imagine what you must have felt for that dog. Which brings us to Vick et al. I wonder what a Korean would say about dog fights?

  3. Hmmm… I never heard anything about dog fights there but when I was traveling in Thailand I was going to take a picture of a dog fight and they made it known that if I did, my camera (probably with me holding it) was going to end up inside the ring.